Fox and Marvel Studios have not traditionally been the most co-operative in regards to sharing characters. Most recently, the two studios came to an agreement to share Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver on screen in Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, there the latest studio deal seems to have been initiated by Fox Studios. Ryan Reynolds, the star of Fox’s Deadpool, and Screenwriter Paul Wernick attended a Special Deadpool screening and a Q&A session this weekend in Los Angeles.
Wernick and his partner Rhett Reese explained during this session their reasons for selecting the character ‘Negasonic Teenage Warhead’ in the film. However, according to Wernick and Rheese, they decided to alter the character’s power set for the film, changing it completely. This alteration surprisingly instigated a conversation with Marvel Studios:
“Kurt Russell [‘s Ego the Living Planet] in the new ‘Guardians’ movie was the character that Fox swapped with Marvel to [change] Negasonic Teenage Warhead powers,” explained Wernick.”
For those unaware, Ego first appeared in a Thor comic, so it’s definitely a surprise to most of us who follow this that Marvel Studios wouldn’t have access to that character.
The character swap Fox Studios made would be integral to the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Ego the Living Planet was revealed to be Star Lord’s father at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year and from the clip shown at Comic Con, it appears as though Ego will play a major role in the new film. It is currently unknown what Marvel’s plans for Star Lord’s father would have been had this swap not taken place.
This swap may also be indicative of future co-operation between the two studios. It is a sign that Fox and Marvel may continue to be willing to be more fluid with their respective rights regarding these characters. It may also be an indication of just how much control Marvel still has over these characters, as Fox was forced to the negotiation table over a power swap. In the future as Fox expands its roster of movies, it may be possible that these two studios will make more deals to allow for more fluidity of characters in their respective franchises.
Source: The Playlist