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Spider-Gwen Creator Retracts Statement About New Character Rule, Not Under Duress At All

Written by Jude Terror on Friday, July 31 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

Spider-Gwen Creator Retracts Statement About New Character Rule, Not Under Duress At All

Purely of his own volition and not under the coercion of a pissed off Marvel, Robbi Rodriguez says there's no rule preventing him from creating new characters.

Source: Newsarama

Earlier today, we (and most of the internet) reported on comments made by Spider-Gwen co-creator Robbi Rodriguez about a Marvel policy preventing the book's creative team from coming up with new characters because the rights would be owned by Sony. Here are Rodriguez's initial comments:

There's like a big rule [...] we can't really create new characters in Spider-Gwen because the movie rights aren't officially fully licensed by Marvel," Rodriguez claimed. "Whatever we create in Spider-Gwen, Sony gets first crack at those characters. So that's why we start doing what we call 'sampling.' We'll sample ideas that we have and slap them on to a new character. Say, we have Luke Cage, which I think we are planning on using, it has to be Luke Cage in name only. He is a new idea that we've had, for a new character.


Just hours after the report hit the net, Rodriguez has "clarified," saying that there is actually no rule preventing him from creating new characters in a statement to Newsarama:

There is no rule. The subject wasn't explained to me very well when I asked before at the time, but its all cleared now when I asked again not too long ago," Rodriguez told Newsarama. "I forgot I mentioned that on the podcast, so I asked them to edit it to clear up any future confusion. I meant to do the earlier and its my mistake for not jumping quicker thus causing this misunderstanding.

We can make anything we want for Spider-Gwen.


Well, that settles that then. The Outhouse is sure that Rodriguez is being completely honest, and wasn't at all yelled at by Marvel's editorial department and forced to retract the statement. It was an honest mistake.

Below is the transcript of the morse code message Rodriguez was blinking while on the skype video call with Newsarama:

Help me. Oh god. You've got to send help. You don't know what they'll do to me. Tom Brevoort keeps a pair of pliers, a blowtorch, a car battery, and jumper cables under his desk to deal with "loose-lipped employees." He just went to lunch so I've got a food five or six hours before he comes back, but when he does, I'm a goner.


We'll keep you updated on this developing situation.


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