Will Marvel Studios once again find itself in turmoil? Joe Casey, the creator of the comics on America Chavez puts his finger on an already identified problem concerning the franchise. What he denounces should bring other creators to come forward…
Who is America Chavez, expected in Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange 2 is one of the movies Marvel’s Most Anticipated of the Year 700. And for good reason, in addition to exploring the terrible consequences of the multiverse, the blockbuster worn by Benedict Cumberbatch will integrate many characters on the big screen. Among these, we will notably discover America Chavez, embodied by Xochitl Gomez. She is the second actress to lend her features to this heroine, after Cierra Ramirez in Rising: Secret Warriors. As a reminder, America Chavez was raised by her mothers in the utopian parallel, a timeless reality and in the presence of the being known as the Demiurge . She seems to take advantage of some of her superpowers such as the ability to travel through different realities through the opening of star-shaped portals, superhuman strength, and the ability to be able to fly.
The creator of America Chavez denounces the low remuneration of Marvel studios for the adaptation of comics on the big screen
It is therefore a particularly powerful heroine that Marvel studios are preparing to exploit in their various MCU projects. This is why Joe Casey, his co-creator, expected better compensation from the franchise for the big screen adaptation of America Chavez . If the latter had already poured out on the subject a few months ago, he clearly denounces today the lack of transparency and the derisory sums offered by Marvel to THR.
The fact is that Marvel owns America Chavez, I don’t dispute that. But there are still systemic flaws in the way creators aren’t respected or rewarded. Marvel didn’t pay me anything for America Chavez, not only for her appearance in the Doctor Strange sequel but in many animated TV episodes, for the many action figures they made of her, for the games video in which she appeared. They don’t seem to care.
If Joe Casey has not disclosed the amount of the sum proposed by Marvel for the adaptation of the story of America Chavez on the small and big screen, it would be about 5000$. Compensation which he obviously refused. For the record, Marvel is not legally obligated to pay creators when their work is adapted, but they traditionally try to offer them some form of compensation. This isn’t the first time comic book creators have pointed the finger at Marvel’s mistreatment of them, and with these new revelations from Joe Casey, many should speak out against it.