A Brief History Of The Roxxon Corp In The MCU
The Roxxon Energy Corporation, a.k.a. The Roxxon Oil Corporation, a.k.a. just Roxxon, is evil. Or at least, in the comic books, the mega-national corp is run by a man who can turn into a Minotaur, and is aiming to mine multiple dimensions to get rich. Which is pretty evil. But Roxxon Corp’s MCU history is (relatively) more muted, even if still kinda evil, too.
And with the premiere of Freeform and Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, they’re definitely about to get a lot worse, particularly as they’re the reason Cloak and Dagger get their powers.
Here’s a brief rundown of where you may have spotted the Roxxon logo while watching Marvel’s movies and TV shows:
Roxxon Corp On Agent Carter
Appearances: Episode 1, “Now is Not the End”; Episode 2, “Bridge and Tunnel”
Technically Roxxon appeared earlier in real world time (we’ll get to that in a moment), but in the Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline, they started as a sort of antagonist on ABC’s Agent Carter. Roxxon employees were behind a plot to steal info from Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), and were eventually stopped by Carter (Hayley Atwell) herself.
Roxxon Corp Cameos
Appearances: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “The Good Samaritan”; Iron Man 2; Marvel One-Shot: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer; Iron Man 3; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Repairs”
That’s a lot of stuff up there, but the short version is that most of the time, Roxxon is a sign on a gas station. That’s it. In Iron Man 2 they sponsored a race car. They played a bigger role in Iron Man 3, but mostly as set dressing for the final confrontation (which was on an oil rig). If anything, they came out looking better during this, because the villainous Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) framed them.
Roxxon Corp on Daredevil
Appearances: “Nelson v. Murdock”
It wasn’t until their Netflix appearance that Roxxon showed their true colors. As interns, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson) actually defend Roxxon against an employee who got sick working for them. They take down the employee, defend their patent, and generally reveal the shocking truth that companies are bad.
Roxxon Corp on Cloak & Dagger
It’s pretty clear they’re a major part of the mystery of Cloak & Dagger. Though we only saw a collapsing platform in the middle of a lake, and a sign on a rooftop, their presence weighs large. Particularly because whatever Tandy’s (Olivia Holt) father was working on is what gave her and Ty (Aubrey Joseph) their powers. He certainly seemed upset about it when he died. And again: corporations are bad.
So what will their role be, going forward? Stay tuned…
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