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Stan Lee’s daughter defends Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ decisions, says Marvel Studios needs competition

Joan Lee also said Marvel and Disney mistreated her father’s legacy.

Joan Lee, daughter of the late Stan Lee, arrives at Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Stan Lee’s daughter has commented on Sony and Disney’s recent breakdown over “Spider-Man” movie rights, and she’s not entirely thrilled with Disney and Marvel.

I previously reported for Deseret News that conversations between Disney and Sony over “Spider-Man” rights ended after the latter rejected a co-financing deal that would have seen both companies share costs and profits on Sony’s “Spider-Man” movies. While another movie featuring Tom Holland is likely a way out, fans shouldn’t expect to see the actor return for any MCU movies for the foreseeable future.

According to CNBC, Stan Lee’s daughter Joan Lee told TMZ that she essentially sides with Sony on the ongoing company divorce, due to how Marvel and Disney allegedly mistreated her father, who passed away Nov. 12, 2018.

“When my father died, no one from Marvel or Disney reached out to me,” Lee said. “From day 1, 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.”

Joan Lee also said she believes other companies — not necessarily Sony — need to have the opportunity to provide “multiple points of view” in developing entertainment based on Stan Lee’s characters.

Joan Lee’s accusations are at odds with public perception of Stan Lee’s relationship with Marvel Studios. The creator has received executive producer credit on every Marvel movie, according to IMDB. Lee also made cameo appearances in every Marvel Studios project, which he loved doing, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Disney and Marvel have also released two tributes to Stan Lee — one remembering his legacy following his death in 2018, which can be seen on YouTube, and another detailing his cameo appearances.

Deadline also reports both Disney CEO Bob Iger and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige both released statements in 2018 that reference Stan Lee’s creativity, kindness and family.

“Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and the millions of fans who have been forever touched by Stan’s genius, charisma and heart. Excelsior!” Feige wrote.