Avi Arad

Avi Arad

Highest Rated: 97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Lowest Rated: 9% Fantastic Four (2015)

Birthday: Aug 1, 1948

Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israel

Israeli-American entrepreneur Avi Arad underwent numerous career changes before landing on the top of the Hollywood heap as the world's chief megaproducer of superhero-themed films -- and an extremely wealthy one at that. Early pre-studio jobs for Arad included being a soldier in the Israeli army, a toy designer, and a rental-car salesman; in time, he became one of Tinseltown's most powerful players. The Cyprus-born Arad reportedly learned to read by studying comic books as a young boy, which foreshadowed his subsequent involvement with the Marvel corporation. He emigrated from the Middle East to the U.S. in 1967 after fighting in the Arab-Israeli Six-Day War, then set to work as a toy manufacturer in the early '70s, where he met future business partner Isaac Perlmutter, then a buyer of liquidated product. In time, a friendship blossomed between the two; after Perlmutter established himself as a corporate raider in the 1980s, the men joined forces in 1990 to acquire the Canadian Toy Biz company, and won a bid for an extremely profitable contract to manufacture Marvel toys. When Marvel filed for Chapter 11 in the late '90s, Perlmutter and Arad made a now-famous 320-million-dollar offer for the corporate giant (cash on the table) and eventually won Marvel in a legal shoot-out. Beginning shortly after that acquisition, Arad used the movie division of the company and legendary licensing deals to help turn Marvel around from a bankrupt institution to one of the most lucrative and respected purveyors of filmed entertainment. Whereas Perlmutter dealt primarily with the financial end of the company, Arad demonstrated heightened interest in the creative end of movie production, making a host of inside decisions on every Marvel superhero picture. Under his aegis, the studio created such blockbusters as Blade (1998), Spider-Man (2002), X2: X-Men United (2003), Fantastic Four (2005), and The Incredible Hulk (2008).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Morbius Producer 2020
No Score Yet Uncharted Producer 2020
91% Spider-Man: Far From Home Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet Super Monsters: Furever Friends Screenwriter 2019
97% Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Producer 2018
29% Venom Producer 2018
92% Spider-Man: Homecoming Executive Producer $334.2M 2017
44% Ghost in the Shell Producer $40.6M 2017
No Score Yet Popeye Producer 2017
No Score Yet The Sinister Six Producer 2016
9% Fantastic Four Executive Producer $49.2M 2015
52% The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Producer $183.3M 2014
No Score Yet Cody the Robosapien Producer Screenwriter 2013
79% Iron Man 3 Producer $409M 2013
73% The Amazing Spider-Man Producer $262.1M 2012
18% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Producer $51.8M 2012
73% Iron Man 2 Executive Producer $312.1M 2010
37% X-Men Origins - Wolverine Executive Producer $179.8M 2009
29% Punisher: War Zone Producer $8M 2008
67% The Incredible Hulk Executive Producer Producer $134.6M 2008
94% Iron Man Producer Executive Producer $318.3M 2008
10% Bratz: The Movie Producer $9.9M 2007
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Producer $131.8M 2007
No Score Yet Doctor Strange Producer Executive Producer 2007
63% Spider-Man 3 Producer $336.6M 2007
No Score Yet The Killing Floor Executive Producer 2007
26% Ghost Rider Producer Executive Producer $115.9M 2007
No Score Yet The Invincible Iron Man Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet Ultimate Avengers II Executive Producer 2006
57% X-Men: The Last Stand Producer $234.4M 2006
No Score Yet Ultimate Avengers: The Movie Executive Producer 2006
27% Fantastic Four Producer $154.5M 2005
11% Elektra Producer $24.2M 2005
17% Man-Thing Producer 2005
26% Blade: Trinity Executive Producer $52.5M 2004
No Score Yet Making the Amazing (Making the Amazing: Spider-Man 2) Actor 2004
93% Spider-Man 2 Producer $373.4M 2004
29% The Punisher Producer $33.7M 2004
No Score Yet Spider-Man 2.1 (Extended Cut) Producer 2004
62% Hulk Producer $132.2M 2003
85% X2: X-Men United Executive Producer $214.9M 2003
44% Daredevil Producer $102.5M 2003
90% Spider-Man Executive Producer $403.8M 2002
57% Blade II Executive Producer $82.1M 2002
81% X-Men Executive Producer $156.2M 2000
54% Blade Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet Generation X Producer 1996


No Score Yet Super Monsters
Creator 2019
No Score Yet Kong: King of the Apes
Producer Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet Tarzan and Jane
Executive Producer Screenwriter 2018
No Score Yet Mutant X
Executive Producer Creator Screenwriter 2004
80% Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
Executive Producer 2003
50% Blade: The Series
Executive Producer
No Score Yet King Arthur and the Knights of Justice
Executive Producer


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