Ed Brubaker slams Marvel residue

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Bucky, making his shocking comeback in Captain America # 6 in 2005, and as he now appears in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Bucky, fabrication his shocking comeback in 2005 Captain America # 6, and as it now appears in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Image: Steve Epting, Frank D’Armata et Randy Gentile (Marvel Comics), Marvel Studios

Although comic book superheroes are among the bigger moneymanufacturers on screens big and small these days, the creators who originally created them are rarely getting more than a fraction of that financial success. But like Marvel The Falcon and the Winter Soldier cook a storm on Disney +, comic book writer Ed Brubaker revealed just how big this disparity really is.

Brubaker, alongside artist Steve Epting, colorist Frank D’Armata and letterer Randy Gentile, formed the team behind the Captain America comic race who saw Bucky Barnes seemingly return to Beyond the Grave as the former Winter Soldier Red Room assassin in 2005, half a century since Barnes was an active regular character in Marvel Comics. But since Sebastian Stan Barnes iteration was transformed into a Winter Soldier for the second Captain America movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and is now co-starring in his own eponymous show with Anthony Mackie’s Falcon on Disney + —Brubaker and his creative colleagues were treated … well, less than ideally as their character has turned to pop cultural celebrity.

“I remember sitting there in the third movie… and remembering that Jack Kirby ulcer growing in my stomach, saying, ‘This is how I felt, kid, except a hundred times worse then. fuck you, ‘”Brubaker recalls. seeing Captain America: Civil War during a long and frank appearance on the podcast of Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin Fatman beyond (his appearance begins around 5:45 p.m. in the video below) earlier this week.

Brubaker opened up about his odd relationship with the rise of the Winter Soldier in the MCU, how it would take weeks afterward. Captain America: The Winter Soldierfrom Annonce Comic-Con before Marvel Studios contacted him with the news, to decline a check for thank you credit Civil war which he described as “an insult”, and how the writer earns more money from his brief appearance Winter Soldierflashback footage of what he does in the residue of bringing the Winter Soldier to life in the first place. “Over the years, I started to wonder, how come we don’t get anything for this?” Brubaker wonders. “We can get thanks or credit, but these movies make billions of dollars, and we feel like we got a bad deal.”

This created an animosity for the writer that he now feels seeing Bucky take on even greater significance in the current moment, co-starring in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney +. “I think I might be the only person in America who is do not enthusiastic about this show, ” mentionned Brubaker, who hasn’t watched any of the series so far. “When I see ads for [The Falcon and the Winter Soldier], it gives me a little stomach ache.

He added: “As a company, why [Marvel] do you want this to be what the creators feel? When I work with people I try to give them the best deal I can, and if something ends up being more important I’ll try to adjust their offer… good deal, and they were treated well.

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Brubaker (left) as seen in his cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Brubaker (left) as seen in his cameo Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Screenshot: Studios Marvel

Apart from his recent and brief remarks on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in his newsletter, Brubaker has stayed relatively away from his comments on the success of the Marvel films and his relationship with them. But he went on to explain that after an impending drowning experience caused him to consider what would be left for his wife, he began to realize the great disparity between what he sees for his Marvel work – beyond its emblematic race on the Captain America comics, still printed today as a definitive run on the modern character – and the worldwide success of films that were inspired by his work.

” It’s ridiculous. That, having been a co-creator of The Winter Soldier… I shouldn’t have to worry about providing for my wife if I die now, ”the writer added. “We started to feel like ‘it hurts a bit’, a bit, to be neglected in this way.

There is one point to be made 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 having first appeared in the alongside Steve in the pages of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. Captain America Comics # 1. But it’s hard to deny that Brubaker and Epting’s transformation of Bucky isn’t fundamental to the version of the character we see played by Sebastian Stan in the Marvel movies and now. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier– and that even though they’re not direct creators, their take on the character is arguably one that relies on much more than the previous iteration of Kirby and Simon.

“I’m not unhappy with my life or the fact that I wrote this thing,” Brubaker noted. “I am very proud of all the work I have done on Daredevil, on Cap, I don’t like my X Men run but there are people who liked it. I loved working at Marvel, had a great time there. But at the same time, I also feel like, you know … to be a little more generous?

This makes the comic book rights deal already messy – made worse by how big publishers like Marvel and DC having treated creations for decades, before you even got to the superhero movie boom – even more complicated when you start to think about not just who created these successful heroes, but who version among them is the one that leaves the page and becomes multimedia empires. But messy as it gets, with superhero writing big in our pop culture landscape as it is, it’s a conversation that needs to be held more publicly, and candid remarks like Brubaker’s are just the beginning.


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