A bit of violence and cursing, and a lot for sale.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Message boards encourage users to be helpful and respectful; most comply.


Flaming skulls, killer clowns, and assorted weaponry.


A few scantily clad cover babes, but nothing explicit.


A few problematic comments on blogs: "F--K YEAH," "anyone who don't like wat i say suck it, f--k it, and do it all nite long."


Lots of prompts to buy Marvel comics, toys, and video games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Marvel comics have ratings that range from "all ages" to "explicit content, 18+" for its MAX imprint of adults-only comics. Marvel doesn't offer MAX downloads or subscriptions online, so kids won't find any nudity, strong sexual content, or drug use on this site. Message boards are free of bad language and rude behavior, but the site's blogs may not be squeaky clean. Parents also need to know that the site is product heavy, sending users to to buy Marvel toys and to a Marvel e-commerce site to subscribe to comics.

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's it about?

Years before Tobey Maguire donned Spidey tights, the Webbed One crawled through the pages of Marvel Comics, home to 5,000+ superheroes and villains. Fans can follow Spidey, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and others on MARVEL.COM, which features blogs, videos, newsletters and more -- all devoted to the Marvel gallery of characters.

Is it any good?


In addition to the meaty stuff for Marvel fans, the site also features plenty of plugs for Marvel toys, video games, and comic book subscriptions. Users need to register to do a lot of the fun things on the site, like download wallpaper, view digital comics, or post on message boards (kids younger than 13 have to get a parent's permission to register).

The coolest feature is the Marvel Universe -- a wiki, or community encyclopedia, of all people, places, and things Marvel. Registered users can add or edit entries; posting guidelines include helpful tips on writing clearly and succinctly.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether comics have the same effect on kids as "real" images. Does a shocking or inappropriate drawing make more or less of an impression than a photo or video of the same nature? Families can also talk about their favorite superheroes. What admirable qualities do they have?

Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

This review of Marvel was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Fun movie, but may be too intense for younger kids.
  • Stylish, violent, and often dull Batman adventure.
  • Super-nostalgic superhero adventure still soars.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent Written byTakumi July 5, 2013

Sexual Content in 9+ (or "A") Rated Marvel Comics - Brief Synopsis

I wanted to pipe in and simply add that, within the 'The Invincible Ironman' series in the very first book, there is a page and a half or so of what is a sexual situation, which some parents may find not acceptable for the age-group cleared by the MARVEL rating on the cover. The cover states that the book is rated "A", which, according to their rating system, is ok for kids ages 9+. The situation, so you can see if you agree with my take on it, is as follows: a man and a woman are getting ready for bed, the woman takes off all her cloths but her leggings while they talk (the woman urges the man to "come to bed" and is portrayed as being playful and sensual, the man is shown to have an inner dialogue which expresses his feelings over ending a long period of being sober . The woman is, presumably not his wife (she is portrayed as having an accent and she calls to the man by a name that is not his own). The scene ends with the man leaning in over the bed to (begin) kissing the woman. The woman's breasts are partially covered by her hands or arms (in different frames) and she's turn to her side so nothing between the legs is shown, though she's naked and most of her body is shown. It's obviously the onset of sexual activity— all lightly-suggestive things are left behind. Due to the conversation it seems the man and woman hare having their first time in bed together and do not know each other well. (I.e. IronMan is being a player). I would imagine the T+ or "appropriate for most readers 12 and up" would probably contain at least equal, if not more explicit or strong sexual situations if this is representative of their system, given the fact this one was for the 9+ group. It seems one can buy this book and others of the same age-rating or higher on the website.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byBjbrin May 20, 2015

I love it and can't get enough of it!!!!!!!

I think they're a super fun way of getting kids like me reading and maybe even drawing and writing comics, but if you're under 12 maybe try Phoenix Comics. All the movies are definitely 11 or over except Daredevil, Electra and Ghost Rider. The TV series should also be 11 over. I say this although a parent might want to check through it before a child buys it or reads it as some are inappropriate for under 14.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Adult Written byeverlast April 9, 2008

exellent two thumbs up!

I'm a member now."nuff said"


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide