Marvel and NCSoft Settle

Faux Hulks can keep fighting evil online

Marvel Entertainment and NCSoft, publisher of such online games as “City of Heroes,” have settled a lawsuit over whether characters created by players can legally resemble Marvel’s comics characters.

Marvel–publisher of titles like “Spider-Man,” “The X Men,” “The Fantastic Four” and many others–filed the suit in November 2004. It alleged that “City of Heroes,” an online game with hundreds of thousands of users, infringed on Marvel’s copyright by giving players a content creation engine that allows them to design avatars that can look like the Incredible Hulk, Captain America or any other copyright-protected Marvel character.

Terms of the settlement, which was announced on Wednesday, were not disclosed.