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Controversy About Marvel Pay Catches Fire Once Again

By Mabel Judith Andrady
April 10,2022

What is America Chavez’s debut and Marvel Pay controversial? Marvel Studios has a lot going for it, particularly as Phase 4 of the MCU grows, but a few concerning traits have been resurfacing over the past few years. One of the biggest issues is that Marvel Comics artists aren’t being properly compensated when their characters make their MCU debuts.

When their characters appear on the big screen or in video games, many Marvel Comics creators are paid a relatively low sum, although some have received executive producer credits in Marvel Studios’ movies and television shows. Fans have even taken to social media to express their displeasure, resulting in some projects being boycotted, such as Hawkeye.

America Chavez’s MCU debut has been delayed due to controversy about Marvel’s play and that surrounding her character. As of this writing, Chavez’s creator has spoken out about his displeasure with the lack of compensation he received for his work on the popular heroine.

America Chavez Creator Talks About Compensation Issues

America Chavez

America Chavez

The creator of America Chavez’s comic, Joe Casey, was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter about the lack of compensation he received for the appearance of the heroine in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in his comic. Marvel clearly owns the character, but Casey acknowledged that there are “systemic flaws” in the studio’s failure to respect or recognize creators like him.

“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.”

Casey hasn’t received any recompense for his work with America Chavez, despite the fact that her live-action debut is scheduled for May. In 2011, he created the character in the comics. Casey reportedly rejected a small payment from Marvel for his work some time ago.

Even though he’s disappointed, he’s trying to keep his emotions in check so that future creators have the best possible chance of receiving the proper compensation.

“For me, it’s not about 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, maybe the next guy — where that kind of money could change their life — would get a fair shot of receiving that money.”

His main motivation for talking out is to ensure that other people in his position in the future get favourable deals for their work if it is used on the big screen. He says he’s “not bitter” about what happened and wants to help other comic creators in similar situations:

“I’m a happy guy. I’m not disgruntled. I’m not bitter. Because I know this is how this goes. I also know, this is how you change things, by talking about it.”

Casey Makes Use Of Doctor Strange 2’s platform

Disney Spoils How MCU's Doctor Strange Will Meet America Chavez

Doctor Strange Will Meet America Chavez

In spite of the fact that he doesn’t have any animosity toward Marvel Studios, Casey sees this unfortunate situation as a topic that needs to be brought up. There are some of the most talented directors and producers and storytellers in the business working with Marvel Studios, as evidenced by the last 14 years of MCU projects. The creators of these heroes and villains, some of whom had been around for decades before the MCU was even conceived, are just as crucial to the MCU’s success as anyone else.

Casey isn’t the only Winter Soldier creator who has expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of care given to Bucky Barnes during the MCU’s extended run, admitting in ads for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier that he felt sick while watching Bucky. The MCU has a long history of problems like this, but Marvel Studios is making progress in resolving some of them.

There is still a long way to go, but the hope is that Casey’s comments will inspire both comic creators and studio heads to ensure that everyone involved is treated fairly. In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Casey’s creation, America Chavez, will make her film debut on May 6.

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