With Marvel Studios turning a slew of comic books into blockbuster movies, some fans have worried that the creators of these original comic characters might be getting the short end of the stick. But Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said they're working hard to make sure that doesn't happen.
In an interview with MovieFone, Feige was asked how they plan to "protect the comic creators who are in their older years now, but whose work is entertaining millions of people around the world."
He admits it's a "complex" question (as shown by the debate over Jack Kirby's contribution to The Avengers) but noted that they're working on both sides to try and keep everyone satisfied and the original artistic visions preserved:
"I will say that [Marvel Publisher] Joe Quesada and [CCO] Dan Buckley will take the lead on a lot of that and they are actually quite, quite good in acknowledging and letting us know as we share the scripts and character lists with them [by saying]:Here are the creators of this. Here is where they are. Here is who they are, and figuring out what we can do in terms of recognition. If you look at the special credits sections of all the Marvel Studios movies, you'll see lots and lots of names, probably half a dozen or so, that apply to even the small characters, much smaller than Rocket, that are included in the movie. In terms of [Jack] Kirby, I always thought of the Thor movie as one of the biggest testaments to what Kirby did because at every turn with the production design, we wanted to embrace it. The helmet design, those horns on Loki. 'Do you really want those to be that big?' 'It's gotta be that big.' I love that stuff, it's tremendous."What do you think? Is Marvel giving ample credit to the folks who first pitched these guys decades ago, or could they do more?