Jim Starlin has mixed feelings about seeing one of his creations on the big screen in The Avengers. (Spoilers Here)
(Spoilers ahead for anyone so full of fail they have not seen The Avengers yet...)
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Ok, now that we're all alone, Jim Starlin spoke to LA Times' Hero Complex last week about his character, Thanos, who (SPOILER) appears in one of the end credits scenes in The Avengers. Thanos, (SPOILER) who is in love with Marvel's female embodiment of death, is famous in comics for (SPOILER) attempting to kill the universe multiple times to gain favor with his beloved. Thanos famously starred in Starlin's 90s comics mega-crossover-event Infinity Gauntlet, as well the follow-ups Infinity War and Infinity Crusade, which were (SPOILER) increasingly more lackluster than the original. The appearance by Thanos seems to indicate the villain will play a major role in the future of the Avengers movie franchise, provided, of course, it doesn't get rebooted before a sequel comes out, which can never be ruled out as a possibility. This is what Starlin had to say:
"It's nice to see my work recognized as being worth something beyond the printed page, and it was very cool seeing Thanos up on the big screen. But this is the second film that had something I created for Marvel in it - the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor being the other - and both films I had to pay for my own ticket to see them. Financial compensation to the creators of these characters doesn't appear to be part of the equation."
Really, it's only fair. The Avengers has made over a billion dollars worldwide so far, and movie tickets cost less than half that amount (as long as you avoid 3D).
The debate over creator rights in comics has been raging for the past few years, with the most notable example being bearded creator Alan Moore's disgust with Warner Bros and DC Comics over their exploitation of the Watchmen franchise (coming soon to a toaster near you). Starlin seems easier to please in this regard, but we all know it's a slippery slope. You start with free movie tickets, and, before you know it, you're fairly compensating the creators of characters your corporation has made money on for 75 years.
Starlin is also hoping that the interest in Thanos will shed some attention on the movie projects he trying to develop himself: Dreadstar, Breed, and Thinning the Predators.
Source: Hero Complex
Written or Contributed by: Jude Terror