Coming off the massive success of their latest movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Comics could be in some legal hot water. Kenneth Jackson, a former Marvel Entertainment intern who worked for the company in 2008, is reportedly suing Marvel, claiming that he was incorrectly classified as an intern and deserves minimum wage back pay. Jackson also wants court fees and legal costs, and has made the lawsuit open to all past and present Marvel interns, making it a class action suit.
It is unclear at this time what exactly Jackson did while working at Marvel, but The Outhouse has reported in the past on the accomplishments and contrubitions of interns at the company. While Marvel and its legal department have not yet responded officially, The Outhouse spoke to one unpaid intern who was willing to reveal insider information on the condition that we admit we made him up.
"They tell me, 'Vlad, go and do critical tasks necessary to make publishing company make money in exchange for 3 hours of college credit,' so that is what I do," said Vlad Kozinkerov. "But now, I am told I have choice? I can be... paid for job like some sort of rich capitalist oligarch."
He paused and looked up at an American flag longingly. "This changes everything."
While there is no report on whether Vlad or other Marvel interns have signed up for the suit yet, it could be a major problem for Marvel, which has relied on interns like Vlad for tasks like directing trailers, producing teaser graphics, and accidentally getting Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. renewed for a second season. Vlad has also done work for DC Comics and other publishers. Stay tuned to The Outhouse for updates on this story as well as future reports on the actions of the unsung heroes of the comic book industry, the unpaid interns.