Updating a story from this past fall, The Associated Press is reporting today that Marvel has filed a lawsuit to hold onto the rights to superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
In September, the heirs to comic-book artist Jack Kirby
Kirby, who died in 1994, worked with writer-editor Stan Lee to create many of the most famous characters in comics. The properties are in demand in Hollywood, which has increasingly turned to the pages of comic books for blockbuster inspiration.
Marvel says the heirs’ claims are not valid because the work was “for hire.”