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‘I’m happy with what I got’: Amidst Marvel Underpaying VFX Artists Scandal, Thanos Creator Jim Starlin Makes Public Statement About MCU’s Thanos Deal

Thanos Creator Jim Starlin Makes Public Statement About MCU's Thanos Deal

Jim Starlin, the American comics artist and screenwriter best known for designing Thanos, Gamora, and Drax the Destroyer, recently discussed his experiences working with Marvel Studios and how the company compensates writers and artists for their work.

According to recent reports, Starlin was pleased with his pay, adding, “I’m happy with what I got.” Marvel Studios has been publicly criticized for its mistreatment of VFX artists, with claims even alleging that the firm underpays original authors and illustrators. “I think there have been some changes since,” Starlin said in response.

Jim Starlin is the creator of Thanos in the Marvel Comics.
Jim Starlin is the creator of Thanos in Marvel Comics.

What does Starlin have in store for the audience?

Aside from the three now-iconic characters listed above, Starlin also created Eros, Thanos’ brother who fights evil as the superhero Starfox. Eros, as played by Harry Styles, made a surprise appearance in the mid-credit scene in The Eternals, alongside Pip, another Starlin character. Though he has not yet been paid, the creator is expected to be reimbursed for future editions featuring Eros. The compensation process, on the other hand, begins long after the movie is out of the theatre.

Harry Styles as Eros in Eternals.
Harry Styles as Eros in Eternals.

Starlin, on further elaboration, stated: “I’ve heard Marvel may want to use some other characters I’ve done.”

Starlin was also the one responsible for the success of Adam Warlock in the comics. Although he didn’t create the character, however, he did evolve it a lot by turning him into a Shaolin Priest/Messiah character.

“When they did the casting call for Adam Warlock, it wasn’t just for Adam Warlock. It was Adam Warlock/Magus — I assume. So I’ll be curious to see what happens here.”

Also Read: Marvel Has Already Changed The Story Of Adam Warlock, Here’s How

Starlin Opens up about the MCU-Thanos deal

Starlin also addressed the possibilities of Thanos returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, given that the character, played by Josh Brolin, has made Disney, Marvel Studios’ parent company, billions of dollars. The villain’s reputation among Marvel fans and casual audiences alike has persisted through multiple comics and television domains.

Brolin still seems to be excited about reprising the character in live-action mode, and he’s keen to return to the MCU. He portrayed Thanos in three films (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Infinity War, and Endgame) and also voiced Thanos in the Disney+ animated series What If…?

Thanos played by Josh Brolin
Thanos played by Josh Brolin

People are still obsessed with Thanos three years after Avengers: Endgame, in both real life and within the MCU. Hawkeye has a nice scene where somebody writes in the bathroom, THANOS WAS RIGHT.”

Starlin, in addition to his comics career, is a member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), and as such, he was compensated for his cameo appearance in Endgame, which included a line of dialogue as one of the group counseling attendees near the beginning of the film. He added that he receives a cheque for the job “every few months” as a result of his SAG membership. He does, however, add, “they don’t pay fortunes for one line.”

Source: CBR

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