It seems Marvel has been very sneaky these days in trying to secure trademarks for names. You may have heard how Disney tried to trademark 'Seal Team Six' after the announcement of Osama Bin Ladens death, which they eventually retracted due to pressure from the Department of Defense. Another blatant move they've made was to 'snipe' the trademark to the name 'Mystery Men' on August 5th 2009, immediately upon it expiring from Universal Studios.
The statement from Marvel went like this:
"Marvel representatives tell me that there was no intention to “snipe” a trademark and that the timing was purely coincidental. That the writer, David Liss, asked if the name was available, and it was. And that the whole series was completed before the name was publically announced."
Fans of the REAL Mystery Men will realize immediately that this is not the comic they know and love but rather a poor attempt to use a writers concepts without maintaining any creative integrity to the original or the characters.
Bob Burden has been pursuing this matter since Marvel announced their plans and Bleeding Cool has an excellent interview with the creator that you can read HERE.
Take a look at the interview for yourselves and tell us what you think. Was it merely 'coincidence' as Marvel states or do you think their statement is as transparent as their actions appear to have been?