Stan Lee’s Heirs Are Suing Marvel. The Studio May Lose the Rights to the Characters
Marvel, owned by Disney, has recently filed lawsuits against the heirs of the comic book artists. Stan Lee's brother and former Marvel employee, as well as family members of other comic creators, were sued by the company in order to retain exclusive characters' rights in the Avengers franchise, including Iron Man, Falcon, Spider-Man, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Hulk, and Thor. As it was reported, lawsuits have been filed in New York and California.
If the company loses in court, it will have to share multimillion-dollar profits with the heirs of the superhero creators. In August, Steve Ditko's heirs demanded that the rights to Spider-Man be transferred to them. If the court sides with the plaintiffs, Disney will lose the rights to the character in June 2023.
Now, Disney's attorneys are asking for recognition that the company owns the rights to the comics, their characters, and other plot elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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