according to a new report from The Guardian, highlighting writers struggling to be fairly compensated by Marvel.films , so you would think that the creators of the characters and the stories they represent would be swimming in dollar bills. Not so,
“According to various sources, when a writer or artist’s work features prominently in a Marvel movie, the company’s practice is to send the creator a premiere invitation and a check for $ 5,000.” The Guardian reports. “Three different sources confirmed this amount to The Guardian. There is no obligation to attend the premiere, nor to use the $ 5,000 for travel or accommodation; the sources described it as a tacit acknowledgment that compensation was owed.”
The report says that Jim Starlin, who created Thanos, “negotiated a higher payment after arguing that Marvel had paid him less for using Thanos as the great evil of the MCU.” To Roy Thomas, who wrote prolifically about Marvel’s X-Men and The Avengers, “his name was added to the credits of the Disney Plus series Loki after his agent created a scandal.”
Attention was first drawn to the issue in late March, when comic book writer Ed Brubaker published a newsletter on his “mixed feelings” when it came to the Disney Plus series .
“For the most part Steve Epting and I got it from creating Winter Soldier and his story is a ‘thank you’ here or there, and as the years go by it’s getting harder and harder to live with,” wrote Brubaker.
Brubaker, who created the character of The Winter Soldier in 2005 with artist Steve Epting, added that the compensation situation made him feel “sick.” [his] stomach. “
Marvel Studios did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.
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