By Stephen Ippolito | April 9th, 2022
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter recently, America Chavez co-creator Joe Casey revealed that he rejected Disney’s (Marvel’s parent company) compensation offer for the character’s use in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The comic book writer also said that the company has also not paid him for Chavez’s usage in other media.
“Marvel has paid me nothing for America Chavez, not only for appearing in the Doctor Strange sequel, but in numerous animated TV episodes, for the numerous action figures they’ve made of her, for video games she’s appeared in,” says Casey. “They seem to be fine with that.”
Casey, who created and introduced the character with artist Nick Dragotta in 2011, says that this continues to be a major problem for creators when it comes to them getting the money that they deserve. In addition to not getting paid, he says that companies like Disney don’t respect the people that have given them characters that have made them billions of dollars.
“The fact is Marvel owns America Chavez. That’s not in dispute on any level, but there are still systemic flaws in the way that creators are neither respected nor rewarded.”
Sadly, Marvel has had a long history of creators being unhappy with the company. In 2017, Thanos creator Jim Starlin, expressed his displeasure with Disney and Marvel over the compensation he received for the Mad Titans usage in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. The backlash they received, ultimately led to Starlin getting a better deal.
Last year, Ed Brubaker, who co-created the Winter Soldier, went public with how he was upset about his pay and treatment from the company. The writer revealed a crazy story about how in 2014, when he showed up for the Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiere party, he found out he wasn’t on the list. To get in, he said he had to text actor Sebastian Stan (who plays the character in the MCU) to help let him in.
Casey does say that he’s not “bitter” about the whole thing. He just hopes that by going public it helps the next person’s chance of getting their fair share of money.
“For me, it’s not about money. It’s not even about the respect. I would never expect to be respected by a corporation,” he continued. “If I’m in a position where I can afford not to take their insult of an offer, and be able to talk about it, maybe the next guy — where that kind of money could change their life — would get a fair shot of receiving that money.”
The Hollywood Reporter did note that talks between Casey and Disney/Marvel are still ongoing. Hopefully, the company starts making things right, not just with Casey but all creators. Their characters have made them $25.69B at the box office worldwide, so there’s plenty of money to go around.
As for Chavez, who will be played by Xochitl Gomez, you can catch her in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 6.