Marvel Reportedly Pays Comic Book Creators $5K For Film Contributions

Some creators may also get a "special character contract."

Marvel Sebastian Stan Winter Soldier

Marvel reportedly pays comic book writers and artists $5,000 along with an invite to the premiere for inspiring a film.

It’s no secret years of comic book history inspire Marvel Studios’ films. However, the comic book creators responsible for characters and plotlines in the first place aren’t given as much as some might’ve thought given their success, and new details are starting to come to light.

According to The Guardian, Marvel will typically compensate a writer or artist whose work served as a significant inspiration on a film with $5,000 and an invite to the premiere. In rare cases, a creator can get a “special character contract” and claim remuneration. However, an unnamed creator revealed it was all or nothing when offered the contract:

“I’ve been offered a [special character contract] that was really, really terrible, but it was that or nothing. And then instead of honouring it, they send a thank you note and are like, ‘Here’s some money we don’t owe you!’ and it’s five grand. And you’re like, ‘The movie made a billion dollars.’”

Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting also reportedly showed up to the Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiere since their comic book run inspired the film but didn’t get a spot on the party list. Brubaker ultimately texted Sebastian Stan to get into the party.

Here is the synopsis for Marvel Studios’ next project, What If…?:

“Exploring pivotal moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turning them on their head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.”

The upcoming animated series will feature the voices of Josh Brolin, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Chadwick Boseman, Jeffrey Wright, Hayley Atwell, and other major stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What If…? will premiere on Disney Plus on August 11. Episodes will be released weekly. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news surrounding the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for original video content!

Source: The Guardian

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden Scarnato

Ryden's affection for all things DC, Marvel, and Star Wars has led him to entertainment journalism at Heroic Hollywood as a News Editor.