In early 2014 Marvel Comics has done the unthinkable and released a set of tools that will allow developers to build apps and websites pulling data from Marvel. The API taps into Marvel’s vast library of comics—from what’s coming up, to 70 years ago. This represents the first API program by any major comic book publisher and provides an innovative way for fans to interact with Marvel Entertainment and Marvel’s digital content. One new initiative is a search engine database named iMarvel.
iMarvel is a reference tool that will serve up character and comic book descriptions based on what you input with auto-complete suggestions to boot. For example if you input Squirlgirl you get a picture and a brief description. It also has links to the comics she appears in, to give you a sense on what you should buy if you have an infatuation with her.