Marvel artist accuses MCU of stealing artwork, fans boycott

Marvel Comics fans will be fighting for one of their favorite artists after David Aja confirms Marvel Studios didn’t pay him – or credit him, for that matter – after using the artwork. ‘a comic he worked on as the basis for almost all Hawk Eye Promotional material.

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Aja’s cover art for “Hawkeye, Vol 2: Little Hits” [above] has clearly served as inspiration for a number of promotional materials [below] which were released before the new Marvel Cinematic Universe series, Hawk Eye, featuring Avengers franchise former Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton / Hawkeye) and MCU newcomer Hailee Steinfeld (Kate Bishop).

hawkeye disney plus image
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After some astute fans took to social media to point out the similarities between the two artworks last month and noted that Aja was not credited anywhere in the show’s credits, the artist himself even posted the following on Twitter:

Better yet: stop crediting, start paying, haha.

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This is reminiscent of the ongoing “Disney Must Pay” dispute.

In May 2021, an article shared details of various creators struggling to receive royalties for years of selling books. Many well-known authors have formed a task force to attempt to bring legal action against The Walt Disney Company, with the help of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America organization:

… About a dozen authors know they were denied royalties years ago, but it is likely that others are affected without knowing what is owed to them. Now Alan Dean Foster and other writers including Neil Gaiman, Tess Gerritsen, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Chuck Wendig have set up a #DisneyMustPay task force to fight to get all of these writers paid for their work.

Hailee Steinfeld (left) and Jeremy Renner (right) in Hawkeye
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Now that Hawk Eye officially debuted on the Disney + streaming service and even more of Aja’s artwork seems to have been appropriate, Marvel fans continue to support Aja, even going so far as to boycott the series until that Marvel Studios recognize the creator of the comic.

Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton
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Merry KG wrote:

It’s so crazy to me that David Aja designed just about the entire aesthetic of the Hawkeye show and doesn’t get any credit or payment for it. As if he wasn’t and inspired, they literally copied him bar for bar, word for word and he didn’t touch a dime.

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Aniq expressed similar thoughts:

The influence, style and aesthetic of David Aja’s art throughout the series is so strong, especially with the wonderful opening and closing credits of the episodes. Why the hell didn’t Marvel pay and credit him. he deserves much better

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Advit said:

David Aja deserves credit for this sexy Hawkeye opening credits

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Barra noted how unhappy they were with Marvel’s uncredited use of the artwork in question:

As much as I (REALLY) enjoyed Hawkeye, it’s pretty bad for Marvel to rip David Aja off. It is very evident throughout the show that the font and style used is from the comic book he co-created.

It would have been a huge praise if they hadn’t fucked him.

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So far, neither Marvel Studios executives like President Kevin Feige nor The Walt Disney Company have commented on the David Aja controversy.

Safer Hawk Eye

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The official description of Hawk Eye bed :

Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, who teams up with another well-known Marvel comic archer, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. “Hawkeye” is directed by Rhys Thomas and features the duo Bert and Bertie.

More information on “Hawkeye, Vol 2: Little Hits”

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The Amazon description for “Hawkeye, Vol 2: Little Hits” reads:

Artist David Aja looks back on the most critically acclaimed comic book of 2012, as ace archer Clint Barton faces the end of the digital world of – DVR-Mageddon! So: Cherry has a gun. And she looks good in it. And Hawkeye is very, very distracted. The plus: Valentine’s Day with the idol of the Marvel universe? It will be… confusing. Marvel architect Matt Fraction continues his exciting and adventurous reinvention of the Arrow Avenger!

What do you think about the fact that David Aja is not credited in the Hawk Eye series?

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