When Stan Lee appears in a Marvel movie, it’s a sign of respect. Each cameo acknowledges that comic book legend created, or co-created, most of the major cornerstone characters in the Marvel universe. In the decades since creating Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men, Lee has continued to create superheroes both for Marvel and on his own and now one of the newest ones is about to get his own movie.
The character is named Annihilator and he’s a Chinese prisoner who undergoes a dangerous procedure infusing him with the powers of several different animals. Producer Barry Josephson (Enchanted, Bones, Wild Wild West) and Magic Storm Entertainment have signed on to develop a film version, which has a script by Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy). Read More »
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Let’s clear up something right off the bat: while Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee created the company Stan Lee Media Inc. in the ’90s, he has nothing to do with the company now. The end of the dot-com bubble caused the end of Stan Lee Media as an operating entity by December 2000. Peter Paul, co-founder of the company with Lee, even went to jail in 2009 for securities fraud related to actions with the company.
So when you read that Stan Lee Media is suing Disney for alleged copyright infringement based on the use of characters generally considered to be under the ownership of Marvel, understand that Stan “The Man” Lee is not filing the lawsuit.
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