Kevin Feige Talks Marvel Property Rights, Spoils Avengers



I'm going to warn you right now, DO NOT watch this video if you don't want a major spoiler about the Avengers to ruin your afternoon. Nobody warned me, and now I'm depressed.

The focus of the discussion was property rights to Marvel characters, two in particular. Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver, the mutant children of Magneto from the X-Men comics, who are themselves usually part of the Avengers. Indeed, in The Ultimates, from which the Avengers film line up is taken, and most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is drawn (hello black Nick Fury that looks like Samuel L. Jackson), Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver are major players. So, FOX owns Magneto, Marvel owns Avengers. Who owns these characters? To quote Feige:
If they want to use them for X-Men, they can use them. If we want to use them for the Avengers, we can use them.
According to Feige, there aren't many characters of the 8000+ that Marvel owns that fall into a grey space like this. Which makes sense. Despite the comics being a shared universe, and there are crossovers, most characters remain vital to only their home title. I wonder, does this mean both studios are allowed to use the characters at the same time, or do the rights go to whomever uses them first.

Because I'll be honest, I don't think they'd work that well in the MCU, which has went out of it's way to show that superpowers only come from technology, not from mutation. It would be, in the universe they've created, a hard sell to suddenly introduce the concept of mutation, especially since they wouldn't be able to make reference to Magneto, or Xavier, or possibly even mutants themsevles. As much as I'd like to see them on screen, I think Marvel would be better off letting FOX use them in yet another horrible X-Men sequel/prequel/reboot/foot cream.

One last thing. With a single exception, Jon Favreau, who ended up quitting Iron Man 3 rather publicly, each of the films in the series has been directed by someone new, with the leadership of the Cap, and Thor sequels being finalised now. In the interview, Feige seems to support Joss Whedon's return for a second Avengers. Having not seen it yet, I cannot comment on Whedon's success or failure, though the word of mouth seems to be very good. I'm torn between creative stability and the introduction of new creative viewpoints, both of which are boons to a production (look at Alien/Aliens, or the Terminators for both sides of that coin). In the end though, I have to side with Joss. On all things.

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