Comic Creators From Montreal To Sue Marvel

By Ben Hamill - May 05 2021
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Comic Creators From Montreal To Sue Marvel

Montreal-based comic book company founders Ben and Raymond Lai are suing Marvel Entertainment – again. This time over the suit worn by Iron Man in the 2018 movie Avengers: Infinity War. The brothers and founders of Horizon Comics Productions claim that the superhero’s armour is way too similar to the outfit worn by Maxwell, one of the characters they developed for their Radix comic series in the early 2000s.

In a statement to The Canadian Press, Raymond Lai claimed that Horizon has been locked in years of legal dispute with Marvel. He said that the actions of the comic book giant have caused Horizon a great deal of damage over the years and has impacted the brothers’ ability to make a living as artists. In 2013, they sued Marvel and its owner, the Walt Disney Company over claims that the suit that Iron Man wore in Iron Man 3 looked too much like Caliban’s, another character that the brothers had created. However, they lost that legal case.

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Compensatory Damages

The Lai brothers say that Marvel has copied their designs once more and their lawyers believe they have a case. They claim that new Marvel costumes in a few of the production house’s most recent films have body armour that is strikingly similar to the clothing created for their superheroes. These include the costumes adorning the Ant-Man, The Wasp and Iron Man characters.

The brothers are asking for compensatory damages that are yet to be disclosed. They also want the court to issue a permanent injunction against Marvel and Disney. As yet, the allegations made by the Lai brothers have not been proven in court.

Highly Futuristic Designs

Julie Desrosiers with Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, one of the brothers’ lawyers, has stated that the similarities between her client’s work and the Marvel characters have been causing a lot of headaches. She claimed that when the brothers present their work to the public, it is often assumed that the brothers copied Marvel, when in fact it is the other way around.

In March 2002, Chester Bror Cebulski, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, approached the brothers for their highly futuristic designs. However, they turned down the offer. They were once again approached by Marvel in September of that year, and the brothers agreed to be a part of a new creative team. They worked for Marvel’s Thor and X-Men comics.

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