America Chavez co-creator Joe Casey says: miracle doesn’t compensate comic book creators well for the characters they create.
The creator of Chavez’ America spoke about the low compensation that Marvel offered him. A relatively new Marvel comic book character, America Chavez, first appeared in September 2011 and was created by Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta. Since its inception, the character has appeared in a number of Marvel adaptations, such as the hit animated series Marvel Rising, and will make his MCU debut in the upcoming movie Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness.
Casey’s co-creator is no stranger to the fact that his creations are attracting everyone’s attention as he was one of the creators of the popular Cartoon Network series “Ben 10”, which launched a large-scale multimedia franchise that started in 2005 and continues to this day. . Joining the hugely popular and financially successful MCU with Chavez’ America is a big deal, and it’s the biggest platform a character created by Casey has been given. In March 2022, Casey shared how excited he was to see America Chavez in the MCU, but expressed some disappointment at Marvel’s talent compensation. Now the maker has doubled the bet and wants to say something more about this.
In a recent interview with THR, Casey revealed that before America Chavez’s MCU debut, he turned down what he called a “lean” offer. Reportedly, when Casey learned of Marvel’s plans to introduce America Chavez in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Casey contacted the publisher to request documents that also related to her past appearances in animated television episodes and video games. to which Marvel a special character. an agreement to sign it, including a cash offer. While it has not been disclosed how much will be offered, according to other agreements with the creators, the amounts are estimated at $5,000, although a source on the side of Marvel disputes this figure, saying they are usually higher. Casey declined to sign and his lawyers were unhappy with the offer. And while Marvel notes that negotiations are still ongoing, Casey is disappointed with Marvel’s lack of transparency about how they arrived at this worthy offer and has made no counteroffer. casey said:
The fact is, America Chavez is from Marvel. This is not disputed on any level, but there are still systemic flaws in creators not being respected and rewarded. Marvel paid me nothing for America Chavez, not only because she appeared in the sequel to Doctor Strange, but also for many animated television series, for the countless statues they made of her, for the video games in which she appeared. They seem to be okay. with this. I don’t care about money. It’s not even about respect. I never expected to be respected by a company. If I am in a position where I can afford not to take their insult in the form of an offer and talk about it, the next man for whom such money can change their lives may have a chance to take this money. to get. I’m lucky. I’m not outraged. I am not bitter. Because I know how it is. I also know that that’s how you change things by talking about it.”
This isn’t the first time Marvel’s mistreatment of comic book creators has been reported in the news. Famed comic book author Ed Brubaker, known for his work on the “Captain America” comic book, said he made more money from his cameo in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” than actually creating the Winter Soldier concept on the pages. from Marvel Comics, a character that Marvel and Disney have made a lucrative name for. Rocket Raccoon creator Bill Mantlo has required round-the-clock medical care since 1992 and relies on donations from fans and other creators to pay medical bills, which Disney could likely settle quickly with just a year’s profit from Rocket. Raccoon goods.
It should be noted that DC pays comic book creators more for their work than Marvel. While Marvel is not required by law to pay creators when their work is modified, they traditionally try to offer some form of compensation in the form of invitations to the film’s premiere and some cash payments. It’s not good for a company to offer people who create characters that serve as the basis for their movies and television shows so bad when it happens over and over. The movies are largely based on comics as that’s the premise, but the people who work in this environment and create characters like America Chavez are paid so little for their hard work and that needs to change.