Empire State University
(also known as ESU
) is a fictional
university in the Marvel Comics Universe
, modeled after Columbia University
. It is located somewhere in New York City
, likely in Greenwich Village
near the site of New York University
. Many Marvel Comics characters, especially those associated with Spider-Man
, have either attended or worked at the university. It first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man
Victor von Doom
was invited to come from Latveria
to study at Empire State, where he met Reed Richards
. He was expelled after the accidental explosion that scarred his face.
Johnny Storm, the Human Torch
, attended Empire State University. He was expelled and then sued
after he accidentally burned part of a building down while engaged in a battle with supervillains.
A young Emma Frost
also attended ESU in her late teens. She was there when an anti-mutant
strike broke out.
Later, X-Man Chamber
enrolled briefly at ESU in order to investigate a bombing that killed six people. Chamber's findings resulted in ESU closing their main mutant program, and creating a new human/mutant student exchange program with the Xavier Institute
. The first participants of this program were Walter—Chamber's paraplegic, human dorm-mate—and Amber, a reptilian mutant student who assisted... Read More