The Marvel Character API – The Super API about Superheroes

I did not grow up in love with comic books. I was in love with TV cartoons about characters from comic books. Batman, X-Men, basically anything Fox animation did for daytime cartoons in the 90s. This means that there is a lot of information I am missing about lore, backstories, and so forth. Thankfully Marvel has built something for their fans.

The Marvel Comics API is incredible. You can research characters and stories, and get some incredible insights such as the comic book covers. It’s unreal. The best part is that it is so simple, even someone not super technical can play with it! It is really easy within API Fortress by logging in and using the console, but you don’t need a console for this API. Just open a new tab in your browser and paste this:

http://gateway.marvel.com:80/v1/public/characters?ts=123456&apikey={YOUR_API_KEY}&hash=2fd0f873cbd9e3939118fe9560eead1a&name=wolverine

Simply replace YOUR_API_KEY with the API key you get when you create a Marvel account and have fun exploring!

To make things even more amazing their Interactive API Tester tool is really solid. You can play with various endpoints including character search, which provides all the information they have on everyone’s favorite fast healing Canadian. It’s a lot of fun since all it requires is a browser and an API Key. I do suggest you get a JSON tree viewing plugin though. For Chrome I use this JSONView.

Wolverine Information from Marvel