The relationship between Fox and Marvel Studios has been tumultuous, to say the least. After all, Fox owns the rights to all the characters in the in X-Men universe, arguably many of their most popular characters, including all the X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and all of the side characters associated with them. The success of the X-Men films has even impacted Marvel’s strategy related to their comic books, as we saw the rise of the Inhumans (instead of the X-Men) as their main “outcast” group. The Fantastic Four also don’t have their own monthly issues as a result. The argument made is; why would Marvel promote characters they don’t own the cinematic rights to? That being said, the two film powerhouses aren’t completely at odds with each other and at times do negotiate in ways to make their business profitable.
One of the breakout characters from Deadpool was Negasonic Teenage Warhead. The angsty teen who helped Deadpool in the third act of the film became a fan favorite. Deadpool screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed they chose that character to be in the film based on how “cool” her name was. Wernick talks about the character and choosing her.
“We were looking down the list of the 400 characters that Fox owns, and NTW jumped out and we were like, ‘yes!’ I don’t care what her powers are. She’s gonna be in the movie.”
Comic book fans know that Negasonic Teenage Warhead’s powers were different from the film. In the comics, she had the powers of telepathy and precognition. However, in the film, her powers were similar to Cannonball from X-Force (minus the flying). In order to use the name of a character but change their powers, Fox had to work with Marvel Studios on approving a power change. Marvel saw this as an opportunity to go to the negotiating table. At approve the power change for Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Marvel wanted the rights to Ego the Living Planet, who will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 next year. Ego will be played by actor Kurt Russell in the anticipated sequel next year. Even though Ego started off in the Thor comic book, he has spent most of his time in the cosmic universe and had dealings with the Fantastic Four, which is why Fox owned the rights to him.
It looks like this deal will work out for both parties. Negasonic Teenage Warhead worked perfectly in Deadpool, and having Kurt Russell appear as Ego in the next GOTG movie can only be seen as a win. The cast and crew of GOTG2 are already saying that the movie is going to be next level. Hopefully, the two studios can continue to find a middle ground and work together to continue delivering great comic book films.