Although the superheroes of the comics are some of the more moneydoers On screens big and small lately, the creators who brought them to life in the first place rarely get more than a fraction of that financial success their way. But like Marvel The Falcon and the Winter Soldier cook up a storm on Disney +, comic book writer Ed Brubaker it has opened up about how big that disparity really is.
Brubaker, along with artist Steve Epting, colorist Frank D’Armata, and sign writer Randy Gentile, formed the team behind the Captain America comics run who saw Bucky Barnes return from seemingly beyond the grave as the former Red Room assassin Winter Soldier in 2005, half a century since Barnes had been an active regular in Marvel comics. But since Sebastian Stan Barnes iteration transformed into the Winter Soldier for a second Captain America movie in the Marvel CU inematicuniverse – and it is He now co-stars in his own self-titled show with Anthony Mackie Hawk on Disney + —Brubaker and his creative partners have been treated … well, less than ideally since his character has skyrocketed to pop culture stardom.
“I remember sitting there in the third movie … and remembering this Jack Kirby ulcer growing on my stomach and saying, ‘This is what it feels like, boy, except a hundred times worse, so fuck you.’ Brubaker recalled. seer Captain America: Civil War during a long and frank appearance on Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin’s podcast Fatman beyond (his appearance begins around 56:45 in the video below) earlier this week.
Brubaker talked about his strange relationship with the Winter Soldier’s rise to prominence in the MCU, how it would take weeks later. Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Comic-Con announcement before Marvel Studios approached him about the news, to decline a check for a thank you credit at Civil war which he described as “an insult”, and how the writer makes more money from his brief cameo in Winter SoldierFlashback sequences that he in the residuals of having given life to the Winter Soldier in the first place. “As the years went by, I started to think ‘how come we don’t get anything for this?’” Brubaker wondered. “We can get a ‘Thank You’ or a credit, but these movies are making billions of dollars, and it seems like we got a bad deal.”
It has created a mood for the writer who now feels watching Bucky rise to even greater prominence in the present moment, co-starring The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney +. “I think I might be the only person in America who is not excited about this show,” saying Brubaker, who has not seen any of the series so far. “When I see advertisements for [The Falcon and the Winter Soldier]It makes me feel a little sick to my stomach. “
He added: “As a company, why [Marvel] Do you want this to be how creators feel? When I work with people, I try to give them the best possible treatment, and if something turns out to be something more important, I will try to adjust their treatment … I want everyone I work with to feel like they got a real advantage. good treatment, and they were well treated. “
Aside from your recent brief comments on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in your newsletterBrubaker has stayed relatively aloof from commenting on his feelings about the success of the Marvel movies and his relationship with them. But he went on to explain that after a near-death drowning experience led him to contemplate what he would leave behind for his wife, he began to realize the vast disparity between what he sees for his Marvel work, beyond his iconic. career in the Captain America comics, still in print today as a definitive version of the character of today, and the worldwide success of films that have been inspired by his work.
“It’s ridiculous. That, having been a co-creator of Winter Soldier … I shouldn’t have to worry about supporting my wife if I die right now,” added the writer. a bit, to be overlooked like this. “
It should be noted that Brubaker and Epting did not create Bucky Barnes, the character: Bucky is much older than the Winter Soldier, as old as Captain America himself who first appeared alongside Steve in the pages of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon . Captain America Comics # 1. But it’s hard to deny that Bucky’s transformation from Brubaker and Epting is not central to the version of the character we see played by Sebastian Stan in Marvel movies and now. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier“And that even if they are not direct creators, their vision of the character is possibly one that is based on much more than the previous iteration of Kirby and Simon.”
“I’m not unhappy with my life, or that I wrote this,” Brubaker noted. “I am very proud of all the work I did in Reckless, in Cap, I don’t love me X Men run but there are people who liked it. I loved working at Marvel, I had a great time there. But at the same time, I also feel like, you know … be a little more generous?
It makes the already complicated treatment of comic book rights, compounded by the way big publishers like Marvel and DC have dealt with creatives for decades, even before you hit the superhero movie boom, even more complicated when you start to think not only who created these box office heroes, but what version It is one of them that is leaving the page and becoming multimedia empires. But messy as it is, with superheroes written on it Big on our pop culture landscape the way they are, it’s a conversation you need to have more publicly, and candid comments like Brubaker’s are just the beginning.
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