What comes to mind when you think of Marvel Comics? If you are not a hardcore Marvel fan, the first thing that you can probably think about is superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, maybe Spiderman, or pretty much every character from the Avengers franchise. But what about the company itself? How much do you know about the company that created the world’s most beloved superheroes? Read on to learn some really crazy factss about one of the largest entertainment companies.
Michael Jackson wanted to be Spiderman
Did you know that Michael Jackson wanted to buy the Marvel comics so he could produce the movie and play Spiderman in the same movie.
Ninja Turtles and Daredevil were exposed to the same radioactive waste
In other words, these guys come from the same accident. Matt Murdock was hit by a speeding truck that happened to carry radioactive waste. The same truck kept going and allegedly hit a man who was carrying four baby turtles. This theory has never been made official but it wasn’t denied either.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
This is undeniably the most famous and the most quoted phrase from all the comics, but as it turns out uncle Ben never really said these exact words. The original quote reads “And a lean, silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power must also come – great responsibility!”. But apparently they decided to make it shorter for the movie. And it worked.
Marvel trademarked the “snikt”, “thwip” and… the word “zombie”
Yes, yes, yes, you heard it right! As weird and funny as it sounds, Marvel actually owns the rights of those sounds. “Snikt” is the sound Wolverine’s claws make when emerging from his fists, and “thwip” is the sound Spidey’s web makes when he shoots it. As for “zombie”, the publisher owned the name for 20 years, from 1976 to 1996. They had to give it up as the word appeared in a number of horror movies and books before it even became a thing for Marvel comics.