It’s no secret that Marvel Studios and Fox seem to have a love-hate relationship with one another. Back in the 1990s, when Marvel was on the brink of collapse, it sold off some of its higher profile characters to studios in order to make ends meet. Among these sales were many of the X-Men characters we all know and love (which include the likes of Deadpool and Wolverine). In the years leading up to the formation of Marvel Studios, the company slowly, but surely, received many characters back that they’d be able to utilize in their own films. However, Fox held on to most of the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters.
Since that time, Marvel as a whole has cut back on the X-Men and Fantastic Four in their comics, phasing out characters they can’t really capitalize on on the big screen. Nothing was ever said, but there seemed to be a passive aggressive trend on Marvel’s part. If they couldn’t get those characters back, there was no point in pushing them as much in the comics.
But studios always saved face when asked about their relationship with one another, always praising the other. No surprise there, as you don’t want to burn any bridges. But among fans, it would’ve made sense if Marvel still had a little bit of bitterness regarding some of those beloved characters.
Well, it seems like their passive aggressive feud is greatly exaggerated, and that when it counts, studios are definitely willing to work things out. It happened with Sony and Spider-Man, and apparently, it happened more recently between films Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
While at a Deadpool Q&A (via The Playlist), Deadpool co-writer Paul Wernick revealed that Fox had to make a trade with studio in order to get a certain moody teenager into the mix.
“Kurt Russell [Ego the Living Planet] in the new Guardians movie was the character that Fox swapped with Marvel to [change] Negasonic Teenage Warhead powers.”
It’s definitely an interesting deal, for two reasons. One, is that they’re such obscure characters, that you wouldn’t have thought they would’ve bothered making such deals when they each could have reached back into their own extensive libraries of characters. Two, is that given their origins (Negasonic from X-Men and Ego in Thor), one would have thought they would have existed in their respective studio camps to begin with. That being said, we know that the film rights on these characters are extensive and confusing, so I’m sure if you’re to trace to the specifics, you’d find why each studio had the others’ character.
On the whole, this is just another confirmation that nothing is impossible, and that if Marvel Studios really wanted to get their hands on the Fantastic Four (they’re no way they’re getting the X-Men or Deadpool), there probably is a deal that could be made. But will it? We’ll have to wait and see.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.