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Marvel characters under risk?

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Date: Sep 21, 2009 - 06:00 PM
The heirs of Jack Kirby are filing official notices of copyright termination to Marvel.

This one is just plain messy, too.

Sony has the film rights to Spider-Man in perpetuity, for instance, while Fox has the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Paramount has a distribution agreement for Marvel?s next few self-produced movies, including a second ?Iron Man? film. Meanwhile, Hasbro has certain toy rights and Universal holds the Florida theme park rights to Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk, among other characters.

Mr. Kirby, who died in 1994, worked with the writer-editor Stan Lee to create many of the characters that in the last decade have become some of the most valuable in a Hollywood that hungers for super-heroes. Mr. Kirby was involved with ?The Incredible Hulk,? ?The Mighty Thor,? ?Iron Man,? ?Spider-Man,? and ?The Avengers,? and others.

The amount of legal paperwork alone will probably consume a small forest.

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