Winter Soldier Creator Ed Brubaker Reveals Why THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER Promos Sicken Him

Winter Soldier Creator Ed Brubaker Reveals Why THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER Promos Sicken Him

Captain America comic book writer Ed Brubaker created The Winter Soldier alongside Steve Epting, but he's now opened up on how little he's been paid since and why the new Disney+ series sickens him!

Comic book writer Ed Brubaker resurrected Bucky during his Captain America run in 2005 alongside artist Steve Epting. Transforming Steve Rogers' one-time sidekick into an assassin called The Winter Soldier, that status quo change has influenced several Marvel Studios films, and the character is now the co-lead in Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Brubaker, however, remains unhappy with how he's been treated from a financial standpoint over his most famous creation. Talking on the Fatman Beyond podcast, Brubaker expressed his happiness with seeing The Winter Soldier on screen but took issue with the lack of compensation he's received. 

"I'm really happy for Sebastian Stan, who I think is both a great guy and the perfect Bucky/Winter Soldier, and I'm glad to see him getting more screen time finally. Also, Anthony Mackie is amazing as the Falcon, and everyone at Marvel Studios that I've ever met (all the way up to Kevin Feige) have been nothing but kind to me," the prolific writer explained. "But at the same time, for the most part all Steve Epting and I have gotten for creating the Winter Soldier and his storyline is a 'thanks' here or there, and over the years that's become harder and harder to live with."

This is commonplace in the comic book world; writers and artists are paid for the work they do at the time but do not receive residuals or future payments for characters or concepts they created. That's because they "work-for-hire," and when and if those characters are brought to TV or film, they generally aren't compensated. That's what Brubaker is taking issue with in this interview. 

He explained that he has turned down "Thank You" credits in the past because of the paltry amount of money offered, and actually makes more money from "SAG residuals" for his cameo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier than he has for creating the character for Marvel Comics in the first place.

"I remember sitting in that movie and just remembering this Jack Kirby ulcer growing in my stomach going, ‘This is what it felt like, kid.'" Brubaker added that "When I see ads for [The Falcon and The Winter Soldier], it actually makes me feel sick to my stomach."

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