Despite my previous high rating for X-Men: Apocalypse for its play on nostalgia and entertaining visual effects the overall reception for the film had been fairly balanced. The film was released at the perfect moment between Captain America: Civil War and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice where one was received much better than the other, making Apocalypse neither as good as Civil War nor as bad as Dawn of Justice. But one person in particular has been very upset with Apocalypse all around.
Comics artist Bill Sienkiewicz's artwork was used in a scene of the film that was ultimately cut for the theatrical release, and wasn't aware until fans began asking for him to sign copies, to which Sienkiewicz did not receive compensation or credit in any form. Supposedly, he went to the Fox booth, enraged, and had to be restrained.
At this point, neither Fox nor Sienkiewicz has spoken about the situation after the artist's Facebook post:
"I received no prior notification (a common courtesy), no thank you (ditto), no written credit in any form whatsoever either on the piece or in connection with the premium, absolutely no compensation and no comp copies of the album.
It's like two losing trifectas wrapped in an altogether indifferent fuck you. "
But artists are flocking to his support and suggesting that it's not Fox that owes him compensation, but Marvel, who had sold the rights to key art and licenses.
What do you think? Is Sienkiewicz overreacting? Should Marvel or Fox give him the compensation he believe he deserves? Let us know in the comments below.