Beautifully engraved certificate from Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
in 2001. This historic document was printed by the United States Banknote Company and has a
block border. This item has the printed signatures of the Company's Officers and is
over 14 years old.
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, formerly Marvel Enterprises and Toy Biz, Inc., is an American entertainment company formed from the merger of Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. and Toy Biz, Inc. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, and is mainly known for its Marvel Comics and Marvel Television divisions. Marvel Entertainment's former film division, Marvel Studios—which operated directly under the company from 1996 to 2015—is now a division of the Walt Disney Studios, where it currently develops and produces its own films based on Marvel characters.
In 2009, Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment, Inc. for $4 billion, and has been a limited liability company (LLC) since then. For financial reporting purposes, Marvel is reported as primarily a part of Disney's Studio Entertainment or Consumer Products segments.
Over the years, Marvel Entertainment has entered in several partnerships and negotiations with other companies across a variety of businesses; Marvel currently has a film licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, and a theme park licensing agreement with Universal Parks & Resorts extant before Disney's acquisition. Aside from their contract with Universal, Marvel's characters and properties have also appeared at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, another Disney unit.
With a library of over 5,000 proprietary characters, Marvel Enterprises, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused in four areas: entertainment (Marvel Studios), licensing, publishing and toys (Toy Biz). Marvel facilitates the creation of entertainment projects, including feature films, DVD/home video, video games and television based on its characters and also licenses its characters for use in a wide range of consumer products and services including apparel, toys, collectibles, snack foods and promotions. Marvel's characters and plot lines are created by its publishing division which continues to expand its leadership position in the U.S. and worldwide while also serving as an invaluable source of intellectual property.