10 Little-Known Comics Industry Facts That Shocked Fans
8. Thanos' Creator Received More Royalties For Batman V Superman Than Avengers
When Disney find themselves making billions thanks to the magnificent box office draw of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you'd probably think that the figures who created the characters and storylines that inspired those films would find themselves appropriately compensated. Sadly, that hasn't often proven to be the case.
In a sad indictment of how comic book creators tend to get the short end of the stick in more ways than one (temperamental employment and work for hire are both still issues), it's often the case that these writers and artists don't find out that their work is making it to the big screen until the general public do. Occasionally they get brought on as creative consultants, but it's a sad reality that scriptwriters, directors and of course the stars themselves will all make twice as much as the people who inspired these stories in the first place.
In most cases, a special thanks in the credits is all they'll receive.
The disparity between Marvel and DC is made particularly apparent in this regard. Thanos creator Jim Starlin earned more for KGBeast's brief appearance in Batman V Superman than he did for Thanos, to many the MCU's most iconic villain and the star of the two highest grossing Marvel films to date - Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame.
Still, as Disney continues to rake in record profits from the MCU, the people that made it possible in the first place are continuously overlooked.