Marvel Comics

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Marvel Comics (founded in 1939 as Marvel Worldwide Inc., then Marvel Publishing, Inc. and later Marvel Comics Group) is an American comic book company that makes "superhero" comic books. Its top rival is DC Comics. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company bought Marvel for US$4 billion. Their comic book characters were created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and many others.

Characters

Some of their most iconic and well-known characters are:

Superhero teams

Most of their characters take place in the fictional Marvel Universe with locations that either mirror real-life cities or are fictional places. Some of their most well-known superhero teams are:

Villains

Some of their most famous and iconic villains are:

Supervillain teams

Marvel Comics is famous for featuring some of their most well-known and iconic fictional supervillain teams that also belong to the same Marvel Universe as well. Some of their supervillain teams are:

Adaptations

Marvel has also made movies, toys, video games, cartoons, and other merchandise about the characters, which have made them even more popular.

Crossovers

Marvel Comics has had many large scale "crossovers" in their "Multiverse" that retconned large parts of continuity. A "fictional crossover" is the placement of two or more otherwise discrete fictional characters, settings, or universes into the context of a single story. They can arise from legal agreements between the relevant copyright holders, unauthorized efforts by fans or common corporate ownership.

Marvel Multiverse

The "Multiverse" is the collection of alternate universes that share a universal hierarchy. A large variety of these universes were originated from another due to a major decision on the part of a character. Some can seem to be taking place in the past or future due to differences in how time passes in each universe. Often, new universes are born due to time traveling, another name for these new universes is an "alternate timeline". Earth-616 is the established main universe where the majority of Marvel books take place. They are often called parallel universes and they are also known as the Marvel Multiverse.

Origins

Marvel used to be a company called Timely Comics in the 1940s and then Atlas Comics in the 1950s. The first comic published with the name "Marvel Comics" was The Fantastic Four #1 in November, 1961.

Offices

Located in New York City, Marvel has had successive headquarters:

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