There’s big dollars in those Marvel characters, and nobody knows that better than the company that bears the name of the co-creator of many of those characters. Stan Lee Media, the company Stan “The Man” Lee helped found in 1998, has filed a copyright infringement complaint against the Walt Disney Company claiming that they never held the copyrights to the various Marvel Comics characters from their appearances in other media, like multi-billion dollar making movies.
So to what do we owe this litigious declaration? Well, in the plaintiff’s own words:
“Defendant The Walt Disney Company has represented to the public that it, in fact, owns the copyright to these characters as well as to hundreds of other characters created by Stan Lee. Those representations made to the public by The Walt Disney Company are false.”
So let’s put aside the fact that Stan Lee created all the disputed characters long before anyone had the idea for Stan Lee Media, and leaving aside that this is not the first time that Stan Lee Media has tried to sue Marvel for back pay, and leaving aside the fact that Stan Lee Media’s been involved in more lawsuits than asbestos and tobacco combined, just what does Stan Lee Media hope to achieve with this latest suit? How about, in their words, “the maximum statutory damages allowable.” Meaning all that Avengers bling.
Somehow, I see this going about as far as previous suits by Stan Lee Media against Marvel, but putting aside all talk about creator-rights, one wonders what might happen if the company started putting as much effort into developing their own properties as it did trying to reap the profits from others’.
Source: Comic Book Movie