Debates about which superhero or supervillain would win in a fight have raged throughout comic book shops, university digs and coffee shops for generations. While we might never know the real answer in this debate, what if it came down to business acumen and cold, hard cash? Who would come out on top?

Many superheroes and supervillains from both the DC and Marvel universes live duplicitous lives, with their mysterious night-time activities contrasted by a daytime in the boardroom. While they might claim infamy on the street, we wanted to see how that was affecting their business’s position on the stock market.

We looked at six of the comic book universe’s most prominent figures and their businesses: Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man (Stark Industries), Doctor Doom (Von Doom Industries), Hank Pym a.k.a. Ant-Man (Pym Technologies), Lex Luthor (Lexcorp), Norman Osborn a.k.a. Green Goblin (Oscorp Industries), and Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman (Wayne Enterprises).

Our in-house market analyst, David Morrison, was tasked with working out who would be a safe bet and who investors should avoid. Here are his conclusions:




To get an overall picture of each of the businesses, we started by working out the overall value of each company:

1. Stark Industries: $210 billion
2. Wayne Enterprises: $170 billion
3. Oscorp Industries: $100 billion
4. Lexcorp: $70 billion
5. Pym Technologies: $68 billion
6. Von Doom Industries: $35 billion

We then calculated share prices based on these valuations. Prices ranged from $2.55 a share for Von Doom Industries, right up to $612 a share for Wayne Enterprises. It was then a case of evaluating each business’s potential for growth and specific business model, estimating the market caps in each of the universe’s market, and applying financial and economic principals to each company to work out where any potential traders would be best investing in. Which superhero would you like to see put under the financial microscope? Let us know on Twitter @SpreadCo.

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