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“Iron Man and Spider-Man are mine”… Marvel sues character creators

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Responding to copyright cancellation notices from creators with a bunch of lawsuits

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(Los Angeles = Yonhap News) Correspondent Yoon-seop Jeong = Marvel, the epitome of American hero movies, has filed a lawsuit against the cartoonists and heirs who created various hero characters such as Iron Man and Spider-Man.

Marvel said that when these cartoonists and heirs notified them of the termination of the copyright for their characters, they filed five lawsuits with the Southern and Eastern New York District Courts and Los Angeles (LA) District Courts on the 24th (local time), saying that the ownership of the characters belonged to the company. reported this.

Heroes claimed by Marvel include Iron Man and Spider-Man from the ‘Avengers’ series, as well as the most popular characters such as Thor, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, and Blade.

The lawsuit began when the character creators and heirs notified that Marvel’s character copyrights would be lost in turn from the first half of 2023.

They argued that based on the copyright law, Marvel had to pay a fair price to the creators in order to maintain character copyrights.

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‘Spider-Man’ Marvel Comics

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Marvel then responded by filing a complaint.

The representative creator accused by Marvel is Larry River (89), the younger brother of Stan Lee (real name Stanley Martin River), who is called the ‘father of Marvel’ and co-creator of Iron Man and Thor.

The heirs of Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Don Rico, and Jean Collan, the creators of Spider-Man, Black Widow, and Doctor Strange, have also been sued.

Marvel said in the complaint that the hero character is owned by the company, not the creator, because it is a ‘work-made-for-hire’.

“The creators created cartoon characters in exchange for being hired by the company, and they were paid according to the number of pages in the comics,” said a Marvel lawyer. .

On the other hand, the creator’s attorney countered in an interview with the entertainment media Variety, saying, “This lawsuit is about the rights of creators and the dark secrets and injustices of the comic book industry.”

“The creators were freelancers and independent contractors and had assigned the copyright to Marvel, so they should be allowed to take back the copyright,” he said.

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