There's no doubt that Marvel Studios has once again knocked one out of the park with its newest live-action offering Hawkeye but months before it even landed on Disney+, some members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom have been on the fence about watching it especially after a controversy involving a comic book artist surfaced on social media ahead of the show's actual release.
To those unaware, David Aja, the artist who worked with Matt Fraction on the acclaimed Hawkeye comic book series from 2012 has previously thrown shade at Marvel Studios for making use of his art style in the Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld show. Of course, it makes all the sense in the world for the series' overall look to draw massive inspiration from the comics but what irks a lot of people is the fact that Aja hasn't been compensated for it.
Shockingly enough, it sparked a movement within the fandom to boycott the series just days before its premiere. Unsurprisingly, Aja is well aware of the entire situation and while he hasn't given anyone an update regarding the status of his pay dispute with Marvel, he urges fans to "stop conspiracy". On Twitter, David revealed that he wasn't able to attend Hawkeye's premiere but fans could blow things out of proportion, he reiterated that everything is fine.
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It's not a good sign that Marvel continues to encounter such issues with comic book artists. At the end of the day, it's the company's duty to take good care of its crew and make sure that they are well compensated.
Meanwhile, the first two episodes of Marvel Studios' Hawkeye are now available for streaming on Disney+.