According to CTV News, Marvel Entertainment and Disney have been sued by the Montreal-based Horizon Comics, claiming they ripped out their designs.
Founded in Montreal in 1995 by brothers Ben and Raymond Lai, Horizon Comics claims that Marvel Entertainment and Disney have torn their designs several times in their Iron Man,, Ant man, and The Avengers film series.
The lawsuit alleges that Marvel and Disney used Horizon’s projects without consent or compensation and are seeking compensation and disposition “to put an end to this intentional and permanent violation and to order the defendants to pay compensatory and punitive damages to the plaintiff, in in addition to Horizon̵
At Marvel Iron Man 3 was released in 2013 and the brothers noticed “similarities” between the armored suit worn by Robert Downey Jr. and their design.
The Iron Man costume in the third part is “strikingly similar to the costume worn by Caliban, one of the characters depicted in Horizon’s Radix 1,” according to the costume.
As early as 2013, Horizon Comics filed a lawsuit in the United States, which was partially dismissed, although it was allowed to continue based on similarities in the design of the film’s poster and Caliban’s costume. However, the 2013 case concluded a violation. Horizon, which has made solid legal bills worth more than $ 1.5 million, said it did not have the finances to continue its legal battle. Marvel eventually won the case in 2019 with U.S. District Court Judge J. Paul Oetken, finding that “there is virtually no evidence in the record” to show that the participants in the Iron Man 3 the poster design would see Caliban’s drawing, according to ComicBook.com.
This new lawsuit claims that Marvel’s ongoing releases, which include Iron Man, including the 2018 blockbuster. The Avengers: Infinity War“He consistently appropriated the works of Horizon.” Allegations continue that Iron Man’s new suit in The Avengers movies, “is now essentially similar to that of Radix’s character Maxwell.”
“In summary, it is not only the distinctive features raised by Judge Oetken in the US proceedings that are no longer present in Infinity war suit, but a few additional strikingly similar features were added to the Radix suit, ”the suit continues.
The lawsuit also alleges that Marvel’s Ant-man and Wasp characters also violated the design of one of Horizon’s characters in Radix 2.
“Neither Horizon nor the Lai brothers have given any form of consent, express or implied, to the reproduction of their works,” the statement of claim said. “On the contrary, Horizon has earlier launched a full lawsuit in the United States to enforce its rights to some of the works. Following this first lawsuit, Marvel infringed on Horizon’s copyright in an even more gross manner. “
The characters of Iron Man and Ant-Man in MCU are adapted by the eponymous characters from the MARVEL comics, co-created by the late Stan Lee. Disney and Marvel Entertainment have not commented on the case. All the allegations have not yet been proven in court, but if history repeats itself, the decision could be in the company’s favor.
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