Controversy Brews Between Marvel and America Chavez Co-Creator after “Insult” Offer
Not all is well behind the scenes at the comic book juggernaut, as controversy is brewing between Marvel and America Chavez co-creator due to compensation offered ahead of the character’s MCU debut.
It has been billed to audiences that one of the key moments of the highly anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the live action adaptation of America Chavez
With Marvel’s resident sorcerer facing off against the unknown of the multiverse, Chavez is the perfect ally; with her ability to punch open doorways to alternate realities tailor-made to aid Strange against these new and unknown enemies.
The Young Avenger has undoubtedly become one of Marvel’s most popular young characters, as she has been a staple of Marvel’s current generation, along with both Kamala Khan and Miles Morales.
Yet, there is controversy afoot with the person responsible for the character’s existence, as Marvel and America Chavez co-creator has been embroiled in a now-public dispute over compensation ahead of her MCU appearance.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Casey- the artist that created Chavez in 2011- noted that he felt rather disrespected by the proceedings of compensation that took place between the publishing giant; speaking out on his desire to change things for future artists.
Casey stated, “The fact is Marvel owns America Chavez. That’s not in dispute on any level, but there are still systemic flaws in the way that creators are neither respected nor rewarded.
“I’m a happy guy. I’m not disgruntled. I’m not bitter. because I know this is how this goes,” Casey continued, “I also know, this is how you change things, by talking about it.”
Casey goes on to note, “Marvel has paid me nothing for America Chavez, not only for appearing in the Doctor Strange sequel, but in numerous animated TV episodes, for the numerous action figures they’ve made for her, for video games, she appeared in, They seem to be fine with that.”
Casey then states, “For me, it’s not about the money. It’s not even about the respect. I would never expect to be respected by a corporation.”
“If I’m in a position where I can afford not to take their insult of an offer, and be able to talk about it,” with the creator concluding, “maybe the next guy- where that kind of money could change their life- would get a fair shot of receiving that money.”
One can only hope that Marvel and America Chavez co-creator can put aside their differences, as Casey’s words will undoubtedly have an impact on the perception of the brand; although, it seems to be a very tricky tight rope for both sides to navigate.