It has been assumed that the relationship between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox have been less than stellar in recent years. Fox never have dreamed about releasing rights to any of their characters in some type of mutual agreement with Marvel. Much like how Sony allowed Spider-Man appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One example includes when the film rights to Daredevil were expiring. So Marvel was going to allow an extension on the contract if they got the rights to Galactus and Silver Surfer. Fox promptly refused the offer and the Daredevil rights reverted back to Marvel.
However, it seems like the two studio juggernauts have come to some type of understanding in recent years. According to Deadpool co-writer Paul Wernick revealed in a live Q&A (via The Playlist) former director Tim Miller wanted to change Negosonic Teenage Warhead’s ability from her comic counterpart. She would be able to exert massive amounts of energy instead of her psychic abilities from the comic. But for this they actually had to ask Marvel Studios permission. Which lead to FOX releasing the rights to Ego: The Living Planet (Kurt Russell) back to Marvel:
“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.”
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn went onto confirm on Facebook that they did indeed trade characters for his new film. He goes onto also reveal he was planning on using Ego back when he wrote the first film and actually had no back-up plan if he wasn’t allowed to use the character:
“When I first pitched Ego as Quill’s father, I THOUGHT we owned the character. After I had worked out a very elaborate story with Ego the Living Planet as a very important part of the Marvel cosmic universe, I learned that we actually didn’t own the character. I had no back up plan, and it would be nearly impossible to just drop another character in. Thank God Fox came to us and wanted to make a trade.”
While many fanboys may jump to the conclusion that now Fox and Marvel will allow the X-Men to crossover in some type of agreement…think again. As far as Marvel is concerned they don’t need the X-Men with The Inhumans taking their place in the cinematic universe. Marvel even went onto reveal an IMAX filmed mini series is in the working at ABC to feature the royal family of the Inhumans. The Inhumans have also been a major plot point in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D in recent years.
Guardians of the Galaxy hits this May!