Oscorp
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Oscorp
In-story information
Type of businessCorporation
Owner(s)Norman Osborn (former)
Employee(s)Mendel Stromm
Donald Menken
Arthur Stacy

Oscorp, also known as Oscorp Industries, is a fictional multibillion-dollar multinational corporation appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, predominantly in stories about Spider-Man. The company was founded by Norman Osborn and has appeared in numerous media adaptations. According to Forbes, highlighting the 25 largest fictional companies, it had an estimated sales of $3.1 billion, ranking it at number 23.[1][2]

History

The corporation is based out of the Oscorp Tower in New York. It was created and run by its CEO Norman Osborn. Norman studied chemistry and electrical engineering in college. He also took a number of courses in business administration. Norman Osborn's teacher, Professor Mendel Stromm, formed the business partnership. Since Norman put up the bulk of the financing, they called their company the Osborn Corporation, or Oscorp.

Stromm's early research was on a chemical that would provide enhanced strength in its test subjects and would eventually turn Osborn into the Green Goblin. Osborn, wanting the formula for himself, discovered that Stromm had been embezzling funds from Oscorp. Stromm explained that he was merely borrowing but Osborn turned him over to the police. After several years in prison, Stromm was released and tried to kill Osborn for revenge using evil robots. He was stopped by Spider-Man and seemingly died of a heart attack when he was nearly shot.[3]

Jay Allan's company "Allan Chemical" was merged with Normie Osborn's stocks from Oscorp and the last remaining properties of Horizon Labs after its destruction, establishing it under the new name of "Alchemax".[4]

It was later revealed that Norman Osborn under the guise of "Mason Banks" created the corporation in order to leave a strong empire for his grandson and establish an empire for the Osborn legacy. Their headquarters Oscorp Tower was the former headquarters of Oscorp.[5]

By 2099, Alchemax would eventually control most aspects of daily life in a possible future.

Fictional staff members

Current

Former

Other versions

Ultimate Marvel

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Oscorp is much the same as in the Earth-616 version. The company is owned and operated by Norman Osborn who developed the Oz super soldier serum and the spiders who were behind the abilities of Peter Parker,[10] and later Miles Morales.[11] After an incident in which Osborn injected himself with Oz serum and became the Green Goblin, a big portion of the main building was left in ruins, and numerous scientists died or transitioned to other companies like Roxxon in the case of Conrad Marcus.[12][13] Osborn Industries had been mentioned to still produce technologies.[14]

In other media

Television

Film

Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy

Oscorp is featured in the first two films of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.

The Amazing Spider-Man duology

Oscorp is featured in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), both directed by Marc Webb. In the films, Oscorp is portrayed as a powerful and corrupt scientific corporation headed by Norman Osborn, who uses the company's vast resources in various attempts to find a cure for his terminal disease. The corporation is involved in a variety of illegal conspiracies, such as the framing and murder of Richard and Mary Parker, and the development of the spider-venom that gave Spider-Man his powers. Oscorp's scientific experiments and illegal activities play a role in the development of several supervillains, including the Lizard, Electro, Green Goblin, and Rhino. Additionally, Oscorp has control over the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane, in which they perform illegal and inhumane scientific experiments on the institute's mental patients. These experiments are over-seen by a mad scientist named Dr. Ashley Kafka.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Sony's Spider-Man Universe

An Oscorp building appears in the trailer for the Sony's Spider-Man Universe film Morbius (2022).

Video games

See also

References

  1. ^ Michael Noer and David M. Ewalt (2007). "In Pictures: The 25 Largest Fictional Companies: #23 Oscorp". Forbes. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
  2. ^ Noer, Michael (2011-03-11). "The 25 Largest Fictional Companies". Forbes.
  3. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #37 (1966). Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ The Superior Spider-Man #19 (June 2013). Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ The Superior Spider-Man #31 (December 2013). Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ The Avengers vol. 3 #0 (August 1999). Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual (1997). Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #572. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Peter Parker: Spider-Man #1. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man # 1. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16. Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #4. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ Ultimate Comics Ultimates #26. Marvel Comics.
  15. ^ "How Spider-Man Was Almost In 'The Avengers,' Sort Of". Latino Review. June 11, 2012. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 15, 2013.