Big Time Spider-Man News

Yesterday brought some of the most important news a Web Slinger fan could possible hear.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that Marvel Entertainment is not required to pay future royalties to inventor Stephen Kimble for his patent on a toy he made that shoots pressurized string from a can, which simulates web shooters.  The two parties’ original settlement paid Kimble $500,000 and 3% of all future sales, but that last part had no end date.  Marvel cited a previous court case to declare that they could stop paying him after his 20-year patent expired.  Kimble tried to get the land’s highest court to overturn that case, arguing that it stifles innovation.  But the majority, represented by Justice Elena Kagan, disagreed, saying that there wasn’t any empirical evidence proving that, and that altering that case would be something better left to others more versed in policy.  As Justice Kagan wrote:

“…we can decide, we can undecide… but stare decisis teaches that we should exercise that authority sparingly. Cf. S. Lee and S. Ditko, Amazing Fantasy No. 15: “SpiderMan,” p. 13 (1962) (‘[I]n this world, with great power there must also come — great responsibility’).  Patents endow their holders with certain superpowers, but only for a limited time…”

Spoken like a true nerd.  I’m glad some of our judges have a sense of humor.

Oh, and some dude was cast to play him in a movie.

Via Variety

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11 Responses to Big Time Spider-Man News

  1. artdorkgirl says:

    I know people say “they need spiderman for the MCU” or whatever, but can’t we just be done with him for awhile? How can we miss him if he won’t go away?

    • FRQ says:

      While my post was nonchalant, I am definitely looking forward to this. Not necessarily because of the actor, but this Marvel Studios has done a great job overall with their universe, and it would be a damn shame if their #1 character didn’t get the same treatment. If you want to be angry at someone, blame Sony for putting out 2 completely unnecessary movies.

      • Casey says:

        I’m not really looking forward to it mainly because I don’t believe that Spider-Man belongs in the Avengers’ universe. Even in the comics it was always kind of a lame, shoe-horned fit for him. And if the Avengers are always going to be fighting cosmic threats, it makes even less sense. Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man is all about stopping purse snatchers and the like.

  2. flanny says:

    When I first read that Tom Holland was going to be Spider-Man, I thought for some reason of Tom the best friend in Bridget Jones, and now I’m unsatisfied.

  3. mordonez says:

    Why is there ANOTHER new Spiderman? The Andrew Garfield movies weren’t Marvel Studios either? Not that I really care, but at least I found this tidbit, which, thank the stars:

    “Marvel Studios would also skip on recounting the Spider-Man origin story onscreen for a third time (after Spider-Man (2002) and The Amazing Spider-Man both covered that story territory), by instead jumping right into Peter Parker’s life as someone with dual identities.”

  4. The biggest Spiderman news is that Miles Morales is officially Spiderman in the comics universe. Hurray, the diversity “agenda” that obnoxious people hate is being furthered even more.

    I don’t read Spiderman, but I do read Ms. Marvel and she’s basically Peter Parker for the new generation and it’s wonderful. Great book, go read it.

  5. martinmegz says:

    I don’t understand!!!!!!! Wasn’t there supposed to be another one with Andrew Garfield? Was he fired or did he quit?

    • martinmegz says:

      I just Googled it and there’s a big scandal! Apparently he was supposed to be in the third one but decided not to show up to an event and the Sony people got all butt-hurt and replaced him.

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