We now know a Guardians of the Galaxy film is in the works.
Marvel's film division intended to announce the good news at Comic-Con 2012. Unfortunately for them, the story broke earlier via Latino Review.
The film division of the comic book company didn't cry over spilled milk. They beefed up internal security and moved on to the next item on their agenda.
Oh, wait. That's what happened in an alternate universe where people who run companies behave civilly and rationally.
In THIS universe, Marvel tasked its vice president of loss prevention with making the life of Latino Review's editor a living hell until he gave up the confidential source who supplied him with the inside scoop.
In a strongly hostile letter, the VP had this to say (emphasis added by us):
"If you provide me with your source, I will make it worth your effort. I want to work with you… I do not want to see you or anyone else get into trouble… this is a very serious matter and the consequences will be quite severe if I do not find out how you obtained the Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy information."
That's not how it works Marvel. You have no legal, logical, or moral basis to write that kind of nasty letter.
We applaud the Latino Review for holding its ground and not succumbing to unwarranted threats and bribes.
The editor who received the e-mail
is was also a HUGE Marvel fan, so we imagine it's especially disappointing for him to be so disrespected.
Shame on you, Marvel.
Below is the comic book company's ill-advised letter in full:
My name is [NAME WITHHELD] and I am an independent security consultant working for Marvel. I have worked as a security consultant for Marvel since 1982. I am currently conducting an investigation on Marvel’s behalf regarding the dissemination of confidential, non-public information concerningIron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy. The executives at Marvel are extremely upset regarding the release of this information and they have instructed me to find you and ascertain how you received it. My goal is to accomplish this in a quiet manner. I do not want to see you or anyone else get into trouble nor do I want to see anyone’s career be tarnished because of this. However I am very confident that through your efforts and mine, we will be able to work through this together. I personally feel that you did not have any malicious intent when you posted your spoilers on the fanboy website. Like many fans out there, you just wanted to be the first one to post something on the internet. I get it, however the Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy information was confidential and you did not have Marvel’s consent to post it. That was illegal!
If you provide me with your source, I will make it worth your effort. I want to work with you. As I stated above, I do not want to see you or anyone else get into trouble. That would be a lose-lose for everyone. I would hope that you are now realizing that this is a very serious matter and the consequences will be quite severe if I do not find out how you obtained the Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy information.
My goal is to ascertain how you got the Iron Man 3 and Guardians of the Galaxy informationand make this go away. All information you provide will remain confidential, even your identity. Your source will never know. Let’s work together and make this happen before it is too late. To date, everyone I have worked with has not suffered any consequences. I do not want to see this situation get blown out of proportion. However if we do not work together, I will have no choice but to take this investigation to the next level and I will not stop until this investigation is completed.
Please get back to me with your thoughts and let me know how you would like to proceed. It is my goal to bring this matter to closure as quickly and quietly as possible. Thank you for your time and please get back to me as soon as possible.
If you would like to talk, you can reach me at [xxx-xxx-xxxx]
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