Montreal studio Horizon Comics Production is taking legal action against US giants Marvel and Disney, accused of infringing their intellectual property for the design of the new Iron Man armor, as well as for the characters of Ant Man and The Wasp , reports the Metro newspaper.
The two American firms – Disney owns Marvel – have infringed the copyright and counterfeit rights of the Montreal studio, allege the owners of the company, the brothers Ben and Raymond Lai. These three Marvel heroes are inspired by characters created for their comic Radix, they say.
The two artists are claiming damages, as well as the withdrawal of films from the Quebec market.
Horizon Comics Production is represented by Me Julie desrosiers and me Patricia Hénault, respectively partner and lawyer at Fasken in Montreal. The Montreal firm has filed a civil lawsuit at the Montreal courthouse.
This is not the first time that the Montreal studio has filed a lawsuit against Marvel. In 2013, the Quebec firm sued the American giant after the release of the film Iron Man 3. But the complaint was not upheld by American justice.
This time, Horizon Comics Production is embarking on Quebec legal terrain, counting on making the superheroes listen to reason.