When directed by Sam Raimi Doctor Strange at Multiverse of Madness arrives in theaters on May 5, the audience will meet America Chavez, the Marvel comic book character brought to life by the young actor Xochitl Gomez. Prior to its release, the addition of the fans’ favorite hero has already received praise, with its inclusion being considered a victory for representation, as it is the rare Latina superhero in the Marvel Cinema Universe. The film will also recognize that the character is gay, as in the comics, according to sources.
For comic book writer Joe Casey, watching Chavez soar is bittersweet. Casey is proud of his work in America Chavez and of what he stands for. However, like many comic book writers before him, Casey feels a sense of sadness when he sees his creation take off without actually being compensated for it. Casey received no payment for America Chavez, except for the page rates he received when he worked for Marvel as a writer, when he and artist Nick Dragotta introduced the character in 2011. (Casey rejected what he describes as “small” a future offer of Multiverse of Madness appearance.)
Now, as Casey talks for the first time about his compensation, he is careful not to sound angry. The author says he hopes the release will help other creators get better terms when their work is turned into movies, series and action figures.
“The fact is that Marvel owns America Chavez. “This is not disputed at any level, but there are still systemic flaws in the way creators are neither respected nor rewarded.” The Hollywood Reporter.
Marvel declined to comment, saying it did not speak openly about individual creator agreements. During his time at Marvel, Casey never signed character papers, although he realized that Marvel had everything he created there.
Casey’s work at Marvel dates back to the late 1990s, with titles starring the X-Men, The Hulk, Iron Man and the Avengers. Since then he has gained success as one of the creators of the popular Ben 10 animated franchise, which gave him first-hand knowledge of how even the smallest amount of profit sharing can add significant amounts to creators thanks to marketing and licensing agreements. Members of his entertainment company, Man of Action, also negotiated with Marvel for the 2014 Disney animated film Great hero 6and received more favorable terms, which, as Casey notes, show that Marvel can make these deals sweeter for creators, if it so chooses.
Several years ago, when Casey learned that Marvel was planning to include America Chavez Doctor Strange She then contacted the publisher to request documents that would also cover her previous appearances in animated television episodes and video games.
Marvel Editions sent him a special character deal to sign, which included a cash offer. Casey eventually refused to sign the special agreement and his lawyers expressed dissatisfaction with the offer. Although Casey declined to say how much Marvel offered, the amounts for other creator deals are said to be in the $ 5,000 range, though a Marvel source disputed that amount, saying it was generally higher. Marvel is not legally obligated to pay creators when their work is adapted, however it is customary to invite filmmakers to film premieres and give them monetary compensation for their performances.
To date, Casey has not received a counter-offer, although a Marvel source notes that talks are ongoing. The author, however, feels that the company is stoning him. He is also disappointed that there was no transparency as to how Marvel got to the offer number.
“Marvel did not pay me anything for America Chavez, not just for her appearance Doctor Strange “But in many TV animated episodes, for the many action figures they have made for her, for the video games in which she has appeared,” says Casey. “She seems to be fine with that.”
The issue of creators’ pay has been debated in comic book circles for decades, dating back to when Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold the character for $ 130 in 1938. The late, legendary artist Jack Kirby was vocal on his own. financial abuse by Marvel, even though it co-created much of its universe with Stan Lee.
In recent years, creator Jim Starlin has published his pay complaints and finally got a better deal from Marvel over the use of the evil Thanos, which was the focus. Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, two of the greatest films of all time. And last year, star writer Ed Brubaker shared his displeasure over his pay to co-create The Winter Soldier, the character played by Sebastian Stan in a billion-dollar movie franchise and the Disney + series. The hawk and the winter soldier.
Rival DC publisher is generally said to compensate creators more when their work is adapted to the screen. As noted by the former president and publisher of DC, Paul Levitz ΘΡ last year of his philosophy: “Christian Bale liked to look [Batman artist] Tim Sale’s job before he goes out and does a pose… I’m not sure how you appreciate that. But when you have a movie as successful as Batman starts the Dark Knight, says there is something there. And you have to say thank you in a way. “
Casey knew the history of comics and distressed creators very well when he worked at Marvel, and he did it with open eyes. Decided not to create characters for Marvel. However, over the years, he has not been able to resist creating some for the publisher, including America Chavez.
“It simply came to our notice then. It is not even about respect. “I would never expect a company to respect me,” says Casey. “If I am in a position where I can afford not to be offended by an offer and I can talk about it, maybe the next man – where this money could change their lives – would take a good chance by taking this money”.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post, but it is safe to say that there is more to Marvel Studios in the future. For a while, it was even considered for participation Spider-Man: No Way Home, in which he would play the role of the apprentice magician who eventually went to Ned (Jacob Batalon), according to an informed source. There is no way home, which stands as the No. 6 movie of all time worldwide, is initially supposed to open after Doctor Strange continuously and so she There is no way home section was cut.
Now, she is ready to fight side by side with Benedict Cumberbatch in his last appearance as Doctor Strange. As for Casey, he hopes that talking could help change things on a systemic level at Marvel, which wants to be transparent about how it ends up compensating creators.
Says the author: “I’m a happy guy. I’m not unhappy. I’m not bitter. Because I know it goes that way. I also know that this is how you change things, talking about it. “