Gerry Conway Vies For A Seat At ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Premiere; Sony Pictures Yet To Respond
If early reports are accurate, one of writer Gerry Conway‘s most famous Spider-Man stories has been adapted in the new The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie. Yet the studio behind the movie, Sony Pictures, has yet to contact or acknowledge the writer.
According to a post on Marvel Comics: The Untold Story author Sean Howe’s Tumblr, Conway has been vying for a seat at the movie’s premiere, even starting up a Twitter hashtag (#inviteGerryConway) to rally support. (Though Conway later undercut just how real the campaign is, calling it only “partly serious.”)
Here’s one of Conway’s many tweets using the hashtag:
— Gerry Conway (@gerryconway) April 1, 2014
The writer has also mentioned the name of longtime Spider-Man artist John Romita Sr. as someone who deserves a seat.
Conway has been a big proponent of getting creators credit when characters they created get used in movie and TV projects. Last year, after he found out that Felicity Smoak, a character he co-created, was being used on The CW’s Arrow, Conway started a blog aimed at getting creators fair compensation. (DC pays creators when their characters are used in other media, but only if the creators fill out a form for royalties.)
In his post, Howe related how he sat by longtime X-Men writer Chris Claremont at the premiere of The Wolverine, looking for Claremont’s name in the credits. They didn’t find it. He also notes that Spider-Man is a Sony project, while the X-Men films fall under the 20th Century Fox banner. Many other Marvel Comics characters are in movies produced by Marvel Films/Disney, which has had its own creator credit issues.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters May 2.