Oscorp, from Dark Reign: The List - Amazing Spider-Man #1 (January 2010).
Art by Adam Kubert.
In-story information
Type of businessCorporation
Owner(s)Norman Osborn (former)
Employee(s)Mendel Stromm
Donald Menken
Arthur Stacy

Oscorp (sometimes stylized as 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. It first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #37 (March, 1966) and was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.


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's teacher, Professor Mendel Stromm, formed the business partnership.[1] 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 the superhero Spider-Man and seemingly died of a heart attack when he was nearly shot.[2]

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".[3]

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.[4]

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

Fictional staff members



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,[9] and later Miles Morales.[10] 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.[11][12] Osborn Industries had been mentioned to still produce technologies.[13]

In other media



Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy

Tower Fifty Seven at Lexington Avenue and 57th Street was used for the exterior of the Oscorp Tower in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man (2002).[14]

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 and others like Rajit Ratha and Donald Menken, 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 appeared in the trailer for the Sony's Spider-Man Universe film Morbius (2022); however, it was cut from the final version of the film.[16]

Video games

Marvel's Spider-Man game series

Oscorp Industries appears in the Marvel's Spider-Man series developed by Insomniac Games.[citation needed] This version of the company was co-founded by Norman Osborn and Otto Octavius, and its name derives from "the Os", Norman and Otto's college nickname. However, Otto eventually left the company due to Norman's corruption and the dangerous and unethical experiments Oscorp conducted. Thanks to Norman's position as mayor of New York, Oscorp technology has been implemented into many of the city's public services. Research stations were also set up throughout the city by Norman's son Harry Osborn to carry out his late mother Emily's wishes of eradicating pollution and cleaning the environment and are part of a side-quest in the first game.

See also


  1. ^ "Marvel Comics: The 10 Richest Characters, Ranked (& How Much They're Worth)". 12 April 2020.
  2. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #37 (1966). Marvel Comics.
  3. ^ The Superior Spider-Man #19 (June 2013). Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ The Superior Spider-Man #31 (December 2013). Marvel Comics.
  5. ^ The Avengers vol. 3 #0 (August 1999). Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ Untold Tales of Spider-Man Annual (1997). Marvel Comics.
  7. ^ The Amazing Spider-Man #572. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Peter Parker: Spider-Man #1. Marvel Comics.
  9. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man # 1. Marvel Comics.
  10. ^ Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1. Marvel Comics.
  11. ^ Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #16. Marvel Comics.
  12. ^ Ultimate Spider-Man #4. Marvel Comics.
  13. ^ Ultimate Comics Ultimates #26. Marvel Comics.
  14. ^ "Spider-Man's Movie Guide To The Real New York City". CBS News. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2024.
  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.
  16. ^ "Morbius Trailer Reveals Oscorp and Horizon Labs Exist".
  17. ^ "15 Marvel Snap Locations That Make No Sense". 17 November 2022.