Stan Lee Defeats Stan Lee Media in Battle over Marvel Superheroes

This issue pops up a lot; Stan Lee Media, Inc. (SLM) is a company that bears Stan Lee’s name but is no longer affiliated with the comic book legend.  Stan Lee Media had another lawsuit dismissed, this one against Stan Lee,  in its attempt to wrestle the rights to Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk and other characters away from Marvel.
Stan_Lee_LogoStan Lee Media files nothing but lawsuits in its attempt to win the rights to Marvel’s characters.  Stan Lee Media claims that in 1998 Stan Lee transferred rights to Spider-Man and other Marvel characters before such rights were transferred to Disney. Court after court has said this is not the case. You can read about some of these many lawsuits here.  In this lawsuit, SLM sued Stan the Man himself in another attempt to gain the rights back.  The case went all the way up to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which noted that SLM never asserted rights to the characters until it started filing lawsuits in 2007 and never even announced it had rights to the characters while Marvel continued to distribute comic books and license out the characters for movies.
The Ninth Circuit dismissed the Complaint and it’s back to the drawing board once again for SLM. SLM is still involved with several cases with Disney/Marvel despite mounting loses.  Fear not fans, Avengers: Age of Ultron will be released in May unless we have an alien invasion.
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