If Disney owns Marvel, how come Universal is allowed to have this island? The park licensed the brand in the 1990s, which gives it the right. Designs used the comic books of that period, which predates the film franchises of Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, and Fantastic Four, which is why characters don’t look exactly the way you may be used to them. Spider-Man is sometimes one of them, but if you don’t see him, head into the back of the Marvel Alterniverse Store, opposite the Captain America Diner. There, the hero has his own appearance zone where you can take your own photos (or buy one). The actor playing Spider-Man is one of the few who isn’t clad in muscle-shaped padding—for the frank cling of his bodysuit, admiring members of the park’s staff usually aren’t far away. The Comic Book Shop is worth a stop. Surprisingly legit, the store carries the latest Marvel issues, compilation books, and collectible busts.