Marvel Cancels Fan Made X-Men Series (Video)
So a few weeks ago I wrote up an article about an awesome fan made web series called X-Men: Danger Room Protocols. In case you missed it Click Here to read the original article. Since then it’s been posted all over the inter webs and has gone viral among nerd based websites. The hope was that Marvel would see this and be so impressed with what had been created using their characters that they would want to create something even better. That didn’t happen and their reaction is a bit disappointing to say the least.
First let me say that I understand copy right infringement pretty well and am always extra careful myself to make sure that I am following the guide lines of “fair use”. However, I still think that Marvel could have responded differently and made even more fans for their brand. Anyway, Joel Furtado (the created of X-Men Danger Room Protocols) has informed the world that Marvel wasn’t too pleased with his creation and has threatened legal action against him unless he takes down the videos and stops the web series.
Joel funded the entire project with his own money and donations taken from his Patreon page. He did not monetize any of the videos on YouTube and collected no add revenue from them. This was simply a fan making a short series about something he loved. Well Marvel didn’t see it that way and ordered a cease and desist of any further release of X:Men Danger Room Protocols. Obviously Joel doesn’t have the money to fight a multi-billion dollar company in court so he had no choice but to do what Marvel asked of him.
I love Marvel but this is pretty shitty. It feels like a little kid that is throwing a tantrum over a toy they weren’t playing with because they saw another kid doing something cool with it. I honestly thought better of Marvel and with the hundreds of thousand of unlicensed art, videos, and merchandise that is floating around the internet I don’t see how this particular fan project was such a threat to them. At the end of the day they are running a business and I understand that they have to protect their product.
Well we wish Joel Furtado the best of luck in his next endeavor. Get the full story from Joel himself by watching the video below. As always I want to hear from you Nerd Nation. What are you thoughts on this and who do you think is wrong in this particular situation? I am very interested to hear what you guys think so please leave me your thoughts in a comment below, on the Facebook page or hit me up on Twitter @Nerdgasmneeds.