According to CTV News, Marvel Entertainment and Disney are being sued by Horizon Comics, which is based in Montreal, and claim that they tore their designs off.
Horizon Comics was founded in Montreal in 1995 by brothers Ben and Raymond Lai and claims that Marvel Entertainment and Disney tore their designs several times in its Iron Man, Ant manand Avengers movie series.
The lawsuit alleges that Marvel and Disney used Horizon’s designs without consent or compensation and sued for damages and an injunction “to bring this willful and continuing infringement to an end and order the defendants to pay the plaintiff damages and criminal damages in addition to Horizon̵
Marvel’s Iron Man 3 was released in 2013, and the brothers noticed “similarities” between the armored costume worn by Robert Downey Jr. and their design
Iron Man’s costume in the third installment is, “strikingly similar to the suit worn by a Caliban, one of the characters portrayed in Horizon’s Works Radix 1” according to the suit.
Back in 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 film’s poster design and Caliban suit. However, the 2013 trial reached a non-infringement conclusion. Horizon, which held large legal bills of more than $ 1.5 million, said it had no finances to continue its legal battle. Marvel ended up winning the case in 2019 with U.S. District Court Judge J. Paul Oetken found that there was “almost no evidence in the minutes” to suggest that those involved in Iron Man 3 poster design would have seen the Caliban drawing according to ComicBook.com.
This new lawsuit claims that the continued Marvel will release the feature Iron Man, including blockbuster in 2018 Avengers: Infinity War, “Consistently Dedicated to Horizon Works.” The allegations continue that the new Iron Man suit in Avengers film, “now essentially similar to that of the Radix character Maxwell.”
In summary, not only are the distinctive features raised by Justice Oetken in the U.S. proceeding no longer present in the United States Infinity War suit, but several other strikingly similar features to the Radix suit were added, ”the suit continues.
The lawsuit also alleges that Marvel’s Ant-man and Wasp characters also violate the design of one of Horizon’s characters in Radix 2.
“Neither the Horizon nor the Lai brothers have given any consent, express or implied, to the reproduction of their works,” the case states. “On the contrary, Horizon previously filed a full lawsuit in the United States to enforce its rights in some of the works. Following this initial legal claim, Marvel Horizons infringed copyright in an even more malicious manner. ”
Iron Man and Ant-Man characters in MCU are adapted from the characters of the same name from MARVEL comics, co-created by the late Stan Lee. Disney and Marvel Entertainment have not commented on this lawsuit. All allegations have yet to be proven in court, but if history repeats itself, the decision could be in the company’s favor.
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