Dr. Strange 2: Joe Casey, Co-Creator Of America Chavez Speaks About Pay Disparity And Lack Of Credits To The Creators

America Chavez
America Chavez
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The Marvel enthusiasts are eagerly looking forward to the release of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Along with the old characters, the Marvel comics favorite, America Chavez will make her celluloid debut with the film. The Baby-Sitters Club actress, Xochitl Gomez will portray Chavez in the upcoming Dr. Strange 2. In the era of woke culture, audiences have praised the intersectionality of marginalized identities. With America Chavez, Marvel will introduce a Latina Superhero, who will have a gay troupe. The character was created by Joe Cassey and Nick Dragotta. However, Joe is not happy with the studio due to the uneven compensation that Marvel provided him.

Joe Cassey Rejected The Claims Of “Pittance Offer”

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Joe Casey

The co-creator has a bittersweet reaction to the introduction of his creation onto the big screen with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Madness, but he is not happy with the remittance. Though he earned the page rates creating the character in 2011, he did not receive any further payment. While talking to a media outlet, he talked about sidelining the creators of major comics and characters.

Now that he has agreed on going on a platform to speak out, he is cautious about not sounding snooty. Casey believes that his voicing will aid other creators in receiving better terms. Joe commented, “The fact is Marvel owns America Chavez”, he continuedThat’s not in dispute on any level, but there are still systemic flaws in the way that creators are neither respected nor rewarded.” 

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Joe Did Not Sign Any Official Paperwork Before With Marvel Comics

America Chavez in Marvel Rising
America Chavez in Marvel Rising

When Casey joined Marvel, he didn’t sign an agreement on the individual right to his/her Intellectual Property. However, when there were substantial talks about bringing America Chavez on the big screen with Doctor Strange, Casey had a word with the publisher about the paperwork for the screen adaption. Chavez has appeared in many Marvel projects, including the animated series, Marvel Rising.

Marvel did send Casey a detailed agreement with compensation, but the creator declined their offer. Later, Joe’s lawyer stated that he declined the offer due to unsatisfactory pay.  Marvel does not pay the individual creator a separate fee for the adaption. However, they make sure that he/she/they are invited to movie screenings and a cash offer is made to them. The rival comic, DC has a better policy with compensation to the creators.

Marvel has ensured that Casey is part of the negotiations, but the creator seems unhappy with the methods of the studio deciding the remittance amount. He said, “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. They seem fine with that.”

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Casey Is Credited For His Other Amazing Marvel Comics Works

Ben 10 Animated Series
Ben 10 Animated Series

Casey has been part of Marvel and creating since the 1990s, with credits to his names like the X-Men, The Hulk, Iron, Man, and The Avengers. Along with this, he has acquired success as one of the creators of the popular Ben 10 animated franchise. All thanks to merchandising and licensing deals. 

Members of his entertainment company, Man of Action, also negotiated with Marvel for the 2014 Disney animated film Big Hero 6 and received more favorable terms, which, as Casey notes, shows Marvel can make these agreements favorable for creators if they choose.

However, this is not the first time a creator has been snubbed and stripped from their dues. The talks go back to the 1990s when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold iconic The Superman at a meager $130. Last year, writer Ed Brubaker expressed his discontent with his pay for co-creating the Winter Soldier, the character played by Sebastian Stan in billion-dollar film franchises and the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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Rocket Raccoon creator, Bill Mantlo, has required medical aid since 1992.  He relies on donations from fans and other creators to pay for medical bills. However, Disney can help Mantlo by providing him medical care via the profits out of merchandising.

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