Stan Lee‘s daughter apparently has some words about this whole Spider-Man thing going on. Now that Sony and Marvel are in a pissing match about who can make more money off of a narrative universe that neither of them are even remotely responsible for creating, Joan Celia Lee (called JC because no one wants to be called Joan Celia) has decided to raise her hand with an opinion. I mean, she’s the daughter of the great Stan Lee who actually was responsible for the creation of the character of Spider-Man–so she must have insight, right? Well… maybe… maybe not.
TMZ reports that 69-year-old JC has entered the ring. It seems that JC is very much on Team Sony. Sony has limited the control of Spider-Man in any Marvel movies, basically ruining his chances of being in anything Marvel-related again. Disney/Marvel wants a 50/50 split with Sony, which Sony, who own the rights to Spider-Man, won’t agree to. So, Sony and Disney/Marvel are stalled in negotiations.
JC is thrilled–she thinks that Marvel and Disney are evil and ruining her father’s legacy:
“Marvel and Disney seeking total control of my father’s creations must be checked and balanced by others who, while still seeking to profit, have genuine respect for Stan Lee and his legacy…. Whether it’s Sony or someone else’s, the continued evolution of Stan’s characters and his legacy deserves multiple points of view… When my father died, no one from Marvel or Disney reached out to me. From day one, they have commoditized my father’s work and never shown him or his legacy any respect or decency… In the end, no one could have treated my father worse than Marvel and Disney’s executives.”
JC and her parents did not have the best relationship, so maybe take all that statement with a grain of salt. Back in 2018, there were reports that JC was actually accused of elder abuse against her parents, Stan and mom Joan Lee, because they didn’t buy her enough shit.
Comic Book Resources reported that Stan’s former business partner recounted some incidents in legal papers after Stan accused some people–including his former manager Keya Morgan who recently was arrested for elder abuse–of using JC to get to his money. This was right before Keya then took control over Stan and he released that video saying he was all fine and Keya was his friend. Which we now know was not true.
So in these legal papers, Stan’s former business partner, Bradley J. Herman, talked about a time that JC allegedly attacked her parents because a Jaguar was leased for her and not purchased:
“JC allegedly responded by grabbing her mother’s arm and throwing her against a window, with Joan then falling to the floor. Stan (then 91 years old) reportedly shouted at his daughter, ‘I’m going to stick you in a little apartment and take away all your credit cards! I’ve had it, you ungrateful bitch!’ Herman then claims that J.C. grabbed her father’s head and smashed it into the wooden back of the chair he was sitting on.”
In the documents Stan himself also stated that JC was using their money like it was oxygen:
“It is not uncommon for JC to charge, in any given month, $20,000 to $40,000 on credit cards, sometimes more.”
And Stan also said when JC asks for crazy things she “typically yells and screams at me and cries hysterically if I do not capitulate.” This was part of the Hollywood Reporter article that made Kevin Smith offer for Stan to live with him.
So… yeah. JC now being all uppity over her father’s legacy because two mega corporations are fighting over money is kind of hypocritical–If you think ‘kind of‘ means ‘completely’.
I honestly don’t care who gets control of Spider-Man–I just want Sony and Marvel to both start following DC’s lead and become more progressive… by adding more super dick to their content.