Ben Kallos Inspired By Marvel Characters:
Recently, Marvel Entertainment asked New York Councilman Ben Kallos to stop using characters from Marvel. This is especially for political purposes. This is after Kallos used a photograph of himself. In the photograph, Ben Kallos is wearing a Captain America costume in a fundraising email. Furthermore, he labeled the image “Superhero Alert.”
Moreover, the email also had quite a few superhero references along with the photo of the New York Councilman. A part of the email reads, “While Captain America was pretty busy fighting Hydra, sleeper agents, Loki, Ultron, and Thanos, Ben’s been fighting for everyday New Yorkers.”
It concludes with, “Like Captain America, he can do this all day.”
Marvel Entertainment Sends A Letter To Kallos
— Ben Kallos (@kallos) November 15, 2019
Ben Kallos represents the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This area is also the center of Marvel Universe’s superhero activity. Furthermore, Kallos is also running for Borough president. And due to his recent antics, he has received a cease and desist letter from Marvel’s deputy chief counsel Eli Bard.
In the letter, Bard writes, “I write to request that your campaign refrains from using Marvel’s characters in its advertisements for your quest for the Borough Presidency or otherwise.”
He continues by saying, “While Marvel appreciates your obvious affection for our properties and welcome your support as a fan, we ask that our characters not be used for political purposes or to support political campaigns.”
The Reaction Of Councilman Kallos To The Letter:
The New York Councilman then proceeded to share the letter with his followers on Twitter. In his post, he writes, “Got this charming letter from @Marvel and got a kick out of it, though you might too!”
The councilman also called Marvel a “Nerd Culture” in one of his recent interviews and comments regarding the letter.