STAN LEE MEDIA CLAIMS THEY OWN MARVEL CHARACTERS, SUES DISNEY
Smilin’ Stan? More like Litigious Lee! Actually, this story has very little to do with the actual Marvel Comics Legend — it seems the company he set up, Stan Lee Media Inc. (SMLI), is claiming that before Lee broke ties with them in October 1998, he signed all of the character copyrights over to the company, then turned around and signed them over to Marvel Entertainment a month later. So, in their eyes, when Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009, they really bought nothing, and the billions in record profits they earned from that little indie film The Avengers, rightfully belong to Stan Lee Media:
Yeah, good luck with that, SMLI. Disney produces corporate lawyers that will annihilate you in court by the millions. In fact, they have a lawyer cloning facility in Orlando that’s exactly like the planet Kamino in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. Not only will you lose this case and millions of dollars in attorney fees, but the Disney Empire might even just make something up out of spite and convince the jury that your corporation dumped toxic waste into the drinking water of a home for physically challenged orphans.