Published Tuesday, October 28, 2014 10:38AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 28, 2014 2:47PM EDT
DENVER — The Walt Disney Co. says it is tired of fighting the same battle over the copyrights to iconic Marvel comic book characters including Spider-Man, X-Men and The Hulk.
A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in longtime dispute between the company and Colorado-based Stan Lee Media.
A federal judge last year dismissed a lawsuit in which Stan Lee Media claimed the copyrights to the superheroes and sought profits Disney made from movies and merchandise featuring them. Disney bought Marvel in 2009.
Stan Lee Media, which is no longer affiliated with comic book writer Stan Lee, appealed the judge’s dismissal. Disney says other courts have settled the case and it should be closed.
The panel did not issue a ruling.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
Spider-Man, X-Men and The Hulk will loom large in a federal appeals court Tuesday as a Colorado company battles with Disney for the rights to Marvel’s iconic comic book characters in a longtime dispute.
A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in an ongoing case involving Colorado-based Stan Lee Media and The Walt Disney Co.
A federal judge last year dismissed a lawsuit in which Stan Lee Media claimed the copyright to the characters and sought profits Disney made from movies and merchandise featuring them. Disney bought Marvel in 2009.
Stan Lee Media, which is no longer affiliated with comic book writer Stan Lee, appealed the judge’s order. Disney has argued that other courts have already ruled against Stan Lee Media on the same matter.
The appeal is the latest turn in a court battle between the companies that has spanned more than a decade.
Walt Disney Pictures has released the official synopsis for Avengers: Age of Ultron, next year’s follow-up to The Avengers. The film opens on May 1, 2015.
Something to note in the following synopsis: while most characters are associated with their superhero names, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver go by their birth names. Outside the films, both characters are stuck between the licensing rights of Disney and Fox, the latter of which currently has the film rights to X-Men. In the X-Men mythos, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are both mutants, the children of Magneto and two of the early Avengers recruits, which explains how the characters appear in both movies, but are played by different actors…