Marvel sues Sony over 'Spider-Man' licensing

At the end of February, Marvel filed a lawsuit against Sony over last summer's blockbuster hit movie "Spider-Man." Specifically, Marvel Characters, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marvel Enterprises, filed a suit in Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles concerning a licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. and SPE Spider-Man GP Inc.

Marvel filed it under seal, there by keeping the details of the complaint away from public eyes. However, the comic titan did issue the following statement, which shed only a little light on the case:

"The complaint is not an attempt to stop production of the 'Spider-Man' sequel slated for May 2004 nor is it an attempt to change or upset any of the merchandising/licensing deals that are in place for the sequel. Additionally, while the litigation is not expected to have any material negative impact on Marvel's financial results or on its guidance for 2003 and beyond, a successful resolution of the matter would be anticipated to have a positive financial effect upon Marvel's future operations. Given confidentiality requirements related to the agreement, Marvel is unable to comment further on the matter."

As a matter of policy, Sony does not comment on pending litigation.

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