Marvel Facts and Statistics (2018) | Comics, Movies, TV and More

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 are the more interesting Marvel statistics and facts 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.

Please note that some of these Marvel Facts and Statistics are easier to find than others, so some of these are based on news reports and not official company tallies. All stats are linked to their source unless it was sent to me directly from the company. No stat listed  should be considered in making any type of investment decision. In other words: This is the best I can find, but I don’t guarantee anything.

Marvel Movie 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
Blade1998
X-Men: Evolution2000
Spider-Man2000
X-Men2000
Blade II2002
Hulk2003
X22003
Daredevil2003
Blade: Trinity2004
Spider-Man 22004
The Punisher2004
Fantastic Four2005
Man-Thing2005
Elektra2005
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
Blade2011
Thor2011
X-Men2011
Wolverine2011
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
Ant-Man2015
Avengers: Age of Ultron2015
Fantastic Four2015
Doctor Strange2016
Captain America: Civil War2016
Deadpool2016
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 War – Part I2018
Black Panther2018
Venom2018
Inhumans2019
Avengers: Infinity War – Part II2019
Captain Marvel2019

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

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