The late Stan Lee's daughter Joan Celia Lee has accused executives at Marvel and Disney of having "never shown him or his legacy any respect or decency" in the wake of the row over the rights to "Spider-Man", the comic book superhero he co-created back in 1962.
Sony Pictures bought the film rights to the iconic Marvel Comics character - who was co-created by Stan and writer/artist Steve Ditko in 1962 - in 1999 but in 2015 made a deal with Disney, who own Marvel, to allow Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, resulting in him featuring in five films, including blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame" and most recently "Spider-Man: Far From Home".
But this week Sony Pictures hit a stalemate with the studio over the financing and profit-sharing of the future "Spider-Man" movies, leading to the exit of Marvel boss Kevin Feige from the franchise, and the breakdown means that Spider-Man will no longer feature in the MCU.
Now, Stan's daughter Joan Celia Lee claims that the deal fell apart because bosses didn't show enough respect for her father's work and legacy.
Speaking to TMZ, she said: "Marvel and Disney seeking total control of my father's creations must be checked and balanced by others who, while still seeking to profit, have genuine respect for Stan Lee and his legacy. Whether it's Sony or someone else, the continued evolution of Stan's characters and his legacy deserves multiple points of view."