When it comes to movie rights, that talk can be damn complicated. Then when you add on Marvel comic book characters to that, the conversation just goes haywire. While I was cruising through the internet this morning, looking at movie articles to see if any new information came around, I found this pretty cool looking chart that maps out Marvel characters and where their rights are owned.
As you can see, there are multiple characters that are owned outside of Marvel Studios. Although Marvel has tried effortlessly to try and get all their characters back, some think it ma happen at some point, I don’t think Sony or 20th Century Fox will ever give up Spider-Man or X-Men just because how big their universes can be and how popular those movies have become. Spider-Man could be a possibility somewhere down the road just because that universe can only go so far and I’m sure Marvel will pay anything to try and get Spidey into their Cinematic Universe alongside characters like Iron Man and Captain America (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE). But as for Fox and X-Men, I don’t believe those rights will ever be given back to Marvel unless Fox goes completely bankrupt and the X-Verse just implodes on itself.
As for as the photo, it’s a very cool concept art that is easy to look at and understand. You can see where allegiance’s lie at this point and when it says ‘everything else,’ it literally means every other character in the Marvel vault. I for one would ABSOLUTELY love to see every character back at Marvel, but I don’t ever see an Avengers/X-Men/Spidey/Fantastic Four shared universe happening because it would just be to cluttered and stuff with characters, origins, and stories. Another thing to look at is the combination ownership of the characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, for some odd reason they are bother owned by Marvel Studios and Fox. That’s why we will see two different takes on the characters, one we saw in X-Men: Days of Future Past and we will get a second take Quicksilver and the first on his twin sister Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron next year.
For now, it is where it is, but that doesn’t mean it can’t change in the future. What are your thoughts on character movie rights and where each character is owned now?