A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Message boards encourage users to be helpful and respectful; most comply.
Violence & Scariness
Flaming skulls, killer clowns, and assorted weaponry.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few scantily clad cover babes, but nothing explicit.
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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."
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Products & Purchases
Lots of prompts to buy Marvel comics, toys, and video games.
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.
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.
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