Marvel Facts and Statistics (2021) | Comics, Movies, TV and More

Here are the more interesting Marvel facts and statistics I was able to dig up. As always, I will be adding more and updating these periodically as I find new stuff. Be sure to check back regularly.

Marvel began humbly in 1939 as a way for a magazine publisher, Martin Goodman, to jump on the new, but very popular comic book trend. Around the same time as the launch of Marvel, Goodman hired a young Stanley Lieber (aka Stan Lee) as his assistant. From that point to present day, Marvel has been bringing us some of the most iconic superheroes ever including Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Deadpool, Wolverine, Thor, Black Widow and so many more.

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Over the years, Marvel has branched out well beyond comics, bringing their popular characters and stories to the worlds of movies, toys and consumer goods. The World of Marvel experienced possibly one of its most significant changes in 2009, when it was purchased by entertainment conglomerate Disney for a reported $4 billion.

I recently sat down to find out more about Marvel’s multimedia empire. Here’s what I found…

Marvel Facts and Statistics

Total production budget for Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (2008-2016):

$2.493 billion

Last updated 2/5/17

Total global box office sales for Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (2008-2016):

$10.901 billion

Last updated 2/5/17

Total domestic box office sales for Marvel Cinematic Universe movies (2008-2016):

$4.234 billion

Last updated 2/5/17

Most successful Marvel Cinematic universe movie to date:

The Avengers ($1.519 billion)

Last updated 2/5/17

Least successful Marvel Cinematic universe movie to date:

The Incredible Hulk ($263 million)

Last updated 2/5/17

Release Years for Marvel Movies:

MovieRelease Date
X-Men: Evolution2000
Blade II2002
Blade: Trinity2004
Spider-Man 22004
The Punisher2004
Fantastic Four2005
Ultimate Avengers2006
X-Men: The Last Stand2006
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer2007
Spider-Man 32007
Ghost Rider2007
Punisher: War Zone2008
The Incredible Hulk2008
Iron Man2008
The Spectacular Spider-Man2008
X-Men Origins: Wolverine2009
Iron Man 22010
Captain America: The First Avenger2011
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance2011
X-Men: First Class2011
The Avengers2012
The Amazing Spider-Man2012
Thor: The Dark World2013
Iron Man 32013
The Wolverine2013
Guardians of the Galaxy2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier2014
Avengers: Age of Ultron2015
Fantastic Four2015
Doctor Strange2016
Captain America: Civil War2016
Luke Cage2016
X-Men: Apocalypse2016
Iron Fist2016
Thor: Ragnarok2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 22017
Cloak & Dagger2017
The Defenders2017
Untitled Wolverine Sequel2017
Deadpool 22017
Ant-Man and the Wasp2018
Avengers: Infinity War2018
Black Panther2018
Avengers: Endgame2019
Captain Marvel2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home2019

Marvel Comics Facts and Statistics

Year of Marvel founding:

1939 (as Timely Comics)

First Marvel Comic Book Hero:

Human Torch

First Marvel Comic Book Villain:

Namor the Sub-Mariner

Number of copies Marvel sold of their first publication, Marvel Comics #1:

900,000 copies

Marvel’s share of the comic book market:


Last updated August 2016

Marvel TV Statistics and Facts

Full list of TV shows based on Marvel characters (Live Action):

TV ShowAir Date
Spidey Super Stories1974–77
The Amazing Spider-Man1977–79
The Incredible Hulk1977–82
Mutant X2001–04
Blade: The Series2006
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.2013–present
Agent Carter2015–16
Jessica Jones2015–present
Luke Cage2016-present
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier2021-present

Full list of TV shows based on Marvel characters (Animated):

TV ShowAir Date
The Marvel Super Heroes1966
Fantastic Four1967–1968
The New Fantastic Four1978
Fred and Barney Meet The Thing1979
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends1981–1983
The Incredible Hulk1982–1983
Fantastic Four1994–1996
Iron Man1994–1996
The Incredible Hulk1996–1997
Silver Surfer1998
Spider-Man Unlimited1999–2001
The Avengers: United They Stand1999–2000
X-Men: Evolution2000–2003
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series2003
Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes2006–2007
The Spectacular Spider-Man2008–2009
Wolverine and the X-Men2008–2009
Iron Man: Armored Adventures2009–2012
The Super Hero Squad Show2009–2011
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes2010–2013
Marvel Anime2010–2011 (Japan); 2011–2012 (U.S.)
Ultimate Spider-Man2012–2017
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.2013–2015
Avengers Assemble2013–present
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers2014–2015 (Japan); 2015–2016 (Malaysia)
Guardians of the Galaxy2015–present

Other Marvel Facts

Amount Disney purchased Marvel entertainment for in 2009:

$4 billion


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Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times.I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it.Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and