Marvel sued by comic company for alleged Iron Man costume design theft
Windowofworld.com – Comic book company Horizon Comics and its founders, Ben and Raymond Lai, sued Disney and Marvel Entertainment. They alleged in their lawsuit that Marvel repeatedly stole their designs.
Montreal-based comic book company Horizon Comics and its founders, Ben and Raymond Lai, sued Disney and Marvel Entertainment. They alleged in their lawsuit that Marvel repeatedly stole their designs on several occasions in the films “Iron Man”, “Ant-Man”, and “The Avengers”.
The lawsuit alleges that the design was used without approval or compensation to Horizon Comics and Lais. “The plaintiff seeks to end this willful and persistent violation and to order the defendant to pay compensation and punitive damages to the plaintiffs, in addition to Horizon’s fees, including attorney-client fees,” the lawsuit read via CTV News.
The design in question is from the three-volume “Radix” series published by Image Comics from December 2001 to April 2002. According to the lawsuit, following the success of the “Radix” series, Marvel editor-in-chief CB Cebulski attempted to hire the Lai brothers to work as artists for Marvel based on the series. but they refused.
Later, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) copied the illustration for a research grant for the Institute for Soldier Technology in 2002.MIT issued a public apology for using the illustration without consent, but according to a lawsuit, after the incident, Marvel contacted the Lai brothers again and at In 2002, they were accepted, working on the Thor and X-Men comics.
“We started ‘Radix’ in 1995 with the goal of creating something unique. With ‘Radix’ we became known and recognized in the American comic book industry. We made a name for ourselves. It allowed us to work everywhere, including Marvel, “the Lai brothers said in a statement.
The statement continued, “MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) copied one of the ‘Radix’ characters in 2002 to get a $ 50 million grant, we decided not to sue because they publicly apologized and admitted their mistake. But with Marvel, it was. repeated offenses. ”
“After that, years of litigation in the US and the number is quite large, they continue to emulate our character. This caused significant harm and affected our ability to make a living as artists. It is clear that we cannot accept this repetitive behavior. The only way of realizing the right is to propose this process, “they continued.
The design claimed by the Horizon Comics and the Lai brothers that was stolen by Marvel, specifically mentioned is the “Iron Man 3” costume. Their own lawsuit says, “It closely resembles the suit worn by a Caliban, one of the characters depicted in Horizon’s Works Radix 1.”
It’s worth noting that Horizon Comics filed a lawsuit against Marvel in 2013 which was partially dismissed, but was allowed to continue regarding the film’s poster design. However, Marvel won the lawsuit in 2019 with a US District Court Judge finding that there was virtually no evidence in the records to suggest that those involved in the design of the Iron Man 3 poster would have seen the image of Caliban.
In this new lawsuit, Horizon argues that Marvel continues to violate their designs, particularly with Iron Man’s appearance in “Avengers: Infinity War”. They also claim a breach between the Ant-Man and Wasp character designs and the military characters in Horizon. “Radix 2”.
“Neither the Horizon nor the Lai brothers gave any consent, either express or implied, for the reproduction of their Work,” the lawsuit read. “In contrast, Horizon previously instituted full legal action in the United States to enforce its rights as part of the Work. After this first legal claim, Marvel violated Horizon’s copyright in an even more gruesome manner.”