Marvel

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

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence

Flaming skulls, killer clowns, and assorted weaponry.

Sex

A few scantily clad cover babes, but nothing explicit.

Language

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."

Consumerism

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 toybiz.com to buy Marvel toys and to a Marvel e-commerce site to subscribe to comics.

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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.

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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?

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Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written byTakumi July 5, 2013
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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.
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byeverlast April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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exellent two thumbs up!

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