The Marvel Snipers are a legend among fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a legal team that tracks down actors for spoofing or accidentally leaking details of the franchise on social media or during press junkets. As is standard throughout Hollywood, non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are common among people who work on the sets of a Marvel Studios production, in front of and behind the camera.
We recently caught up with former Marvel Studios attorney Paul Sarkar to talk about the business side of things, and he revealed some pretty tough situations that can unfold for those who break the Marvel Studios NDA.
“Legally, if you violate the NDA, you may be liable for damages, legal damages, and potentially an injunction,” the government tells us. “If you threaten to say, ‘Hey, I’m going to release X information unless you negotiate this deal with me,’ or you can try to ransom. In that case, the studio could sue you and say, ‘Hey judge, make sure this person doesn’t say anything because it could cause us irreparable harm,’ but the chances of that happening are slim.”
The government says that since Marvel Studios films often make nearly a billion dollars at the box office, the damage it could cause to the court could theoretically be staggering. Still, he thinks the studio is likely to take a more pragmatic approach.
“The other thing you put at risk is the relationship, right? Let’s say you haven’t been cast and they send you a script and you’re being tested, or they send you a link to a secure site.” where you can get a script and you can probably read a table or whatever online,” says the lawyer. “If you leak that information, a) they can sue you, and b) they probably don’t want to work with you because you’re not someone who can be trusted. bring and give you more, they should be able to count on you to get you on the team.”
Secondly, the government suggests that sometimes the actors are not paid until further into the production process.
“If you’re in breach or you’re in breach of contract, they don’t necessarily have to pay you,” the government continues. “So there’s a lot of risk there, but I would say the biggest ones are severing ties with the studio, because they can’t trust you. And then the monetary damage.”
This begs the question – what do Marvel Studios’ NDAs look like, or what do they cover?
“They cover anything that isn’t public information that you get from the other side that you wouldn’t have otherwise known or basically discovered yourself,” confirms the government.
This is only the beginning, the lawyer says. The government says NDAs are not fully negotiable, as a studio like Marvel Studios can withhold scripts without the security of a signed non-disclosure agreement.
“From a studio point of view, you want as broad coverage as possible, so that if there is a leak, you don’t have to argue about whether it was confidential or not,” he concluded.
While at Marvel Studios, Sarkar worked on five Marvel flicks, including Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, And Avengers: Age of Ultron, now, He hosts Better Call PaulA weekly podcast covering various aspects of entertainment law.
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Reference from comicbook.com