Marvel Facts and Statistics (2020) | 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:

Movie Release Date
Blade 1998
X-Men: Evolution 2000
Spider-Man 2000
X-Men 2000
Blade II 2002
Hulk 2003
X2 2003
Daredevil 2003
Blade: Trinity 2004
Spider-Man 2 2004
The Punisher 2004
Fantastic Four 2005
Man-Thing 2005
Elektra 2005
Ultimate Avengers 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer 2007
Spider-Man 3 2007
Ghost Rider 2007
Punisher: War Zone 2008
The Incredible Hulk 2008
Iron Man 2008
The Spectacular Spider-Man 2008
X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2009
Iron Man 2 2010
Captain America: The First Avenger 2011
Blade 2011
Thor 2011
X-Men 2011
Wolverine 2011
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 2011
X-Men: First Class 2011
The Avengers 2012
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012
Thor: The Dark World 2013
Iron Man 3 2013
The Wolverine 2013
Guardians of the Galaxy 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 2014
Ant-Man 2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron 2015
Fantastic Four 2015
Doctor Strange 2016
Captain America: Civil War 2016
Deadpool 2016
Luke Cage 2016
X-Men: Apocalypse 2016
Iron Fist 2016
Thor: Ragnarok 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 2017
Cloak & Dagger 2017
The Defenders 2017
Untitled Wolverine Sequel 2017
Deadpool 2 2017
Ant-Man and the Wasp 2018
Avengers: Infinity War 2018
Black Panther 2018
Venom 2018
Inhumans 2019
Avengers: Endgame 2019
Captain Marvel 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home 2019

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:

30.78%

Last updated August 2016


Marvel TV Statistics and Facts

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

TV Show Air Date
Spidey Super Stories 1974–77
The Amazing Spider-Man 1977–79
The Incredible Hulk 1977–82
Spider-Man 1978–79
Mutant X 2001–04
Blade: The Series 2006
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2013–present
Agent Carter 2015–16
Daredevil 2015–present
Jessica Jones 2015–present
Luke Cage 2016-present

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

TV Show Air Date
The Marvel Super Heroes 1966
Fantastic Four 1967–1968
Spider-Man 1967–1970
The New Fantastic Four 1978
Fred and Barney Meet The Thing 1979
Spider-Woman 1979–1980
Spider-Man 1981–1982
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends 1981–1983
The Incredible Hulk 1982–1983
X-Men 1992–1997
Fantastic Four 1994–1996
Iron Man 1994–1996
Spider-Man 1994–1998
The Incredible Hulk 1996–1997
Silver Surfer 1998
Spider-Man Unlimited 1999–2001
The Avengers: United They Stand 1999–2000
X-Men: Evolution 2000–2003
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series 2003
Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes 2006–2007
The Spectacular Spider-Man 2008–2009
Wolverine and the X-Men 2008–2009
Iron Man: Armored Adventures 2009–2012
The Super Hero Squad Show 2009–2011
The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes 2010–2013
Marvel Anime 2010–2011 (Japan); 2011–2012 (U.S.)
Ultimate Spider-Man 2012–2017
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. 2013–2015
Avengers Assemble 2013–present
Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers 2014–2015 (Japan); 2015–2016 (Malaysia)
Guardians of the Galaxy 2015–present

Other Marvel Facts

Amount Disney purchased Marvel entertainment for in 2009:

$4 billion

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About the Author

Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back but was deepened by two semi-recent developments: 1) The birth of my son (who is now 7 years old and can't get enough Disney); and 2) Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilm/Star Wars (did I mention I was a super Star Wars geek?) I recently came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching it with my son, so it only made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include Disney, Sports, 80's Nostalgia, LEGO, Star Wars and Tech Gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.