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Marvel would only pay comic book writers $ 5,000 for screenplays used in movies

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Marvel Cinematic Universe movies earn billions of dollars, so you would think that the creators of the characters and storylines they portray would swim in dollar bills. That’s not the case, according to a new report from The Guardian, shining the spotlight on writers fighting to be fairly paid by Marvel.

“According to several sources, when the work of a writer or artist features prominently in a Marvel movie, it is society’s practice to send the creator an invitation to the premiere and a check for $ 5,000.” , reports The Guardian. “Three different sources have confirmed this amount to the Guardian. There is no obligation to attend the premiere, or to use the $ 5,000 for travel or accommodation; sources described it as recognition. implied that compensation was due. “

The report states that Jim Starlin, who created Thanos, “negotiated a larger payment after arguing that Marvel underpaid him for his use of Thanos as the MCU’s big bad.” Roy Thomas, who has written extensively on Marvel’s X-Men and The Avengers, “got his name added to the Disney Plus series credits Loki after his agent made a fuss.”

Attention was first drawn to the issue in late March, when comic book writer Ed Brubaker published a newsletter about his “mixed feelings” regarding the Disney Plus series. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

“For the most part Steve Epting and I got to create the Winter Soldier and his story is a ‘thank you’ here and there, and over the years it’s just gotten harder and harder to live with,” wrote Brubaker.

Brubaker, who created The Winter Soldier character in 2005 with artist Steve Epting, added that the compensation situation was making him “sick of [his] stomach.”

Marvel Studios did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.