If you’ve been reading Bleeding Cool for the past several years, you know that Marvel CEO and Bleeding Cool’s best friend Ike Perlmutter has been engaged in a vicious battle with rival corporation Fox over the movie rights to the X-Men. As part of his plan to thwart Fox’s goal of using the movie rights they purchased legally from Marvel, Perlmutter banned the X-Men and fellow Fox-owned characters the Fantastic Four from appearing in comics and on merchandise.
As you also know if you’ve been reading Bleeding Cool, our best friend Ike is also now involved in a vicious battle with rival Marvel executive Kevin Feige after Feige ousted Perlmutter from any oversight over Marvel’s movies. As the old saying goes, the enemy of my enemy is my friend, and that seems to be true of Feige and Fox, who have teamed up to spite Ike Perlmutter by exchanging D-list characters for their respective movie universes.
At a Q&A event over the weekend, Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese nonchalantly revealed that Marvel Studios and Fox colluded to make major changes to Negasonic Teenage Warhead so that they could use her in Deadpool. Apparently they really liked her name, taken from the title of 90s rock song by one-hit-wonders Monster Magnet, but didn’t want to keep anything else about her. While the character’s movie rights belonged to Fox, they could not make such a drastic change to the character without Marvel’s permission. In exchange for that permission, Marvel was allowed to use Ego the Living Planet, whose rights are owned by Fox presumably as part of the Fantastic Four rights, in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Marvel and Fox working together on movies? It’s like a knife straight through Ike’s icy heart! To make matters worse, it follows revelations throughout the past year that Marvel and Fox are working together on X-Men TV shows. Even more treacherous, Ike Perlmutter will reportedly issue more licenses for X-Men merchandise, showing that he cannot even trust himself. If we didn’t know it to be true because we published it ourselves, we might think that this whole war was just something we made up for clicks! But it’s not. Really!
Hopefully, Ike doesn’t decide to retaliate by removing Ego the Living Planet and Negasonic Teenage Warhead from future Marvel merchandise, as that could have a tremendous impact on literally dozens of fans of the two characters. If it happens, you can be sure you’ll hear about it first right here on Bleeding Cool.
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