The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the Olympian ideal of film franchises to which studios have just stopped trying to aspire. Try as they might, the DCEU, Sony’s Spider-verse, and Universal’s “Dark Universe” could never get the same traction as stories about Norse gods teaming up with Howard Hughes analogues and World War II propaganda poster models. Thanks to a backlog of thousands of colorful characters stretching back to the Great Depression, Marvel hooked a generation of moviegoers to create the highest-grossing film franchise of all time.
All of which makes it more than a little bit startling to learn how Marvel Studios reportedly compensates the comic book creators upon whose work they base their blockbuster films. According to a report published by The Guardian this week, writers and artists who work on a project that’s later adapted for use in the MCU can expect to make almost enough money to afford a mint condition copy of the comic that they wrote.