According to Photo District News, an L.A. photographer has filed a lawsuit against Marvel and Paramount, accusing them of using a photo he took of Iron Man as part of a mock newspaper front page in the film.
Photographer Ronnie Adams shot a series of photos of the Iron Man set back in May of 2007 from a parking structure with a view of the set, which were posted on the movie site IESB.net. Paramount managed to shut down the site for a brief time over the photos. Now Adams claims Paramount used one of his photos in the film without his permission.
The picture in question features Iron Man from behind a chain -ink fence. Adams claims it’s the same picture used in a scene in the movie, where Tony Stark is reading the paper and the front-page headline asks “Who is the Iron Man?”
Photo District News has a side-by-side comparison (click on the image on their site to open the pop up), so you can see for yourself how well they match up. Of course, it’s also possible that someone associated with the film took a shot of that scene as well.
Adams is asking for unspecified monetary damages, as well as “an order stopping Paramount and Marvel from using the picture in the DVD release of the movie, in advertising and in any video game,” according to the story.