SUPER: The Marvel exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art finishes on September 3.
SUPER: The Marvel exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art finishes on September 3. GOMA / Adi Granov

Marvel-ous display still on at GOMA

I HAVE seen only one or two Marvel movies because Hollywood heart-throbs Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans played Thor and Captain America.

But despite my lack of knowledge about the Nine Realms portrayed in the cinematic universe, I was impressed by the Marvel exhibition at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art.

Avid fans and novices like myself were treated to more than 500 objects from the comic books and the 14 films depicting the stories of superheroes' quests to save the day, including massive set pieces like the Asgardian throne room seen in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok movie, which was filmed on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

Broken up into three sections, the exhibition also features more than 60 original costumes worn by actors, including Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Evans and Robert Downey Jr, and gives you a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to make superhero movies.

Walking through the exhibition, I was swept into the magic of this vast mystical universe.

While it can be a bit confusing to understand the history behind a certain villain or superhero's motives, the GOMA exhibition certainly makes good use of the many interactive experiences throughout to pull the whole cinematic narrative together.

After learning a thing or two about the Nine Realms, I would know if I was to come across Thor's hammer I could not wield it against my enemies because I have not been deemed worthy enough to hold such power, unfortunately.

The GOMA exhibition was a chance to explore in-depth another world for at least an afternoon, but I was not ready to go back to my daily life after it.

Instead, my Marvel-ous adventure continued when I checked into the Park Regis North Quay.

Only a 10-minute walk across the Kurilpa pedestrian bridge, the Park Regis North Quay offers spectacular views overlooking the Brisbane River, GOMA and South Bank.

Sitting in my spacious one-bedroom apartment overlooking the river, my eyes were glued to watching the people 20 floors below go about their business cycling, walking, driving and even boating around on a sunny winter afternoon.

It was time to get out and explore the city and, more importantly, eat some dinner.

A 15-minute drive to New Farm led me to Balfour St where I dined at The Balfour Kitchen, the in-property restaurant at Spicers Balfour Hotel.

This hidden gem of a restaurant was converted from a Queenslander house into New Farm's new hot spot where diners can feast on breakfast, lunch and dinner on the wrap-around veranda or enjoy a cocktail, or two, at the roof-top bar overlooking Story Bridge.

View of Brisbane River from the 20th floor bedroom of the Park Regis North Quay.
View of Brisbane River from the 20th floor bedroom of the Park Regis North Quay. Aisling Brennan

The Balfour Kitchen menu wakes up the taste buds with fresh modern Australian cuisine on offer.

Sipping on fine wine, I took my time enjoying the entree and main meals that featured quail with foie gras and a tantalisingly good venison.

Both the restaurant's setting and the friendly service left me feeling relaxed and full, so it was too easy to fall sound asleep in my comfortable king-sized bed back at the Park Regis North Quay.

Spending the weekend in Brisbane was the perfect way to discover the secrets behind the Marvel movie magic so many people have come to love, even a newly self-confessed superhero fan like me.

The GOMA Marvel: Creating the Cinematic Universe exhibition finishes on Sunday, September 3. For more information, go to

The writer was a guest of GOMA, Park Regis North Quay ( and The Balfour Kitchen, Spicers Balfour Hotel (

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