How Marvel has Impacted Society Over the Years

David A., Anchor

Marvel has greatly influenced the way we see the heroes of today’s world. It is a very notable example of hard work that creators of Marvel put into movies to make them successful.

Those creators are role models who create an example for the people in this world. But how did Marvel do it? How did they go from making comics books for kids to making billions of dollars off movies?

Back in 1939, Marvel was Timely Comics when it was founded by Martin Goodman. Their first comic book was published in 1939 which mainly featured The Human Torch and The Sub Mariner. By the mid 1950s Fredric Wertham, a German Psychiatrist, published a book called the “Seduction of the Innocent.” 

According to,  comic books led children to have more criminal and  delinquent behavior. In response to his book, comics went on trial by the United States government in 1954 to investigate juvenile delinquency.

Comics that did survive included Archie, DC, and Timely Comics – which was now Atlas Magazines. Stan Lee was now the editor of Atlas. According to, the advantage Lee used in creating comics was that he made superheroes have more relatability with humans. DC made heroes that belonged more to the alien world, like Superman or Wonder woman. 

In 1956 DC Comics ushered in the Silver Age which had significant commercial success. Is DC is big competition to Marvel? Not quite. 

“I don’t think they have tension,” ROMS seventh grader Christian Guerrero  said. “The community makes it look like they have competition because there are always people on social media that say DC Comics is better than Marvel or Marvel is better than DC, so there’s a lot of opinions.”

“A lot of people would agree that DC is not at the level,” college student and former ROHS student Rachel Asher said. 

In the 1960s, Atlas Magazines changed its name to Marvel Comics. According to, Marvel had been doing a very good job since the 60s, 70s, and 80s due to their amazing storytelling of comics like “The Amazing Spider Man” and “The Fantastic Four.”

Marvel’s financial success reached their high in the 90s, but after that questionable bank deals and a slump in sales led Marvel to bankruptcy in 1996. Over one-third of Marvel employees were laid off. The shares that were once worth 35.75 each in 1993, had sunk to 2.38 in 1996. This might have been the worst time for Marvel, yet the company emerged from bankruptcy in 1998 with 250 million dollars in debt. 

At this time, Marvel was on the brink of collapsing, and its budget was only 140 million. To save Marvel from collapsing, it made a financing deal with Merrill Lynch for 525 million in 2005. According to, this is when the MCU made its first Iron Man movie in 2008. This was a very successful movie that saved Marvel from collapsing because it had made $585 million.

Iron Man 2008

This kick started the  MCU, allowing endless opportunities of regaining public fame. By 2012, “The Avengers” had grossed over $1.5 billion worldwide, and the following “Avengers: Age of Ultron” made $1.4 billion. Recently, in 2020 MCU released 20 movies that hit major success rates like “Avengers Endgame” which hit a world record of grossing 2.7 billion in its opening weekend alone. 

So why has Marvel’s success rate been so good over the past 8 years? “Luck,” seventh grader Noah Morrison said.  While that may be true too, it is also because of the “people with great imagination, who want to make the world a better place,” seventh grader, Braydn Meyers said. Marvel has indeed impacted the world for over 80 years, by showing an example of hard work that everyone can learn from.