When the Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment, they acquired a lot more more than just the 5,000 characters in Marvel’s stable, they also found a slate of lawsuits hiding under that rock. Not only will Disney likely end up suing some of the other studios who have the movie rights for some of those characters, but the creators of the characters are starting to pursue something called ‘creator rights.’
It’s a bit complicated, but the New York Times put its crack squad on it and now there’s a really good look at all the various factions and the legal issues. This case, and the inevitable appeals, will drag on for years. But it could end up costing Disney billions in potential revenue if the Kirby heirs get the rights to decide who makes movies using the Kirby characters.
Gotta keep a close eye on this one.