‘Deadpool’ Writers Talk FOX/Marvel Characters Swap For ‘Deadpool’ & ‘Guardians 2’

deadpool-fox-marvelThere have been a lot of focus on the upcoming sequel to Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds as the Merc With The Mouth, with Tim Miller recently departing the project. In a recent interview with The Playlist, the screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who wrote the first installment and whom both will be back for the sequel, chatted about working on the first Deadpool film.

During the interview, Reese and Wernick revealed that there was a bit of a character rights swap between 20th Century FOX Studios and Marvel Studios when it came to the character Negasonic Teenage Warhead. The character you saw in the movie resembled nothing of her comic counterpart, but the writers essentially wanted to be able to use that name for her character. FOX had to get the OK from Marvel, by also giving them Ego the Living Planet who will be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2 where he will be played by Kurt Russell.

“Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a former Special Forces operative who now works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when evil scientist Ajax (Ed Skrein) tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves Deadpool with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.”

Deadpool is out on Blu-Ray/DVD as well as purchasable through Digital Download. The sequel is reportedly eyed for a 2018 release.

Source: The Playlist

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht

Andy Behbakht is an online entertainment journalist who has been covering television and movies since 2010. In addition, he is also a podcast producer.

  • Vegas82

    They need to just do a Sony deal and let Marvel guide them into the future.

    • SAMURAI36

      Oh yeah, more Disney films, yay. :-

    • Maxi Iroh

      Deadpool would’ve never happened if the X-Men universe was with Marvel.

      • Axxell

        The X-Men universe happened BECAUSE of Marvel…

        • Maxi Iroh


          1- Marvel is only what it is today because of how popular Spider-Man and the X-MEN were, from the 60’s to the early 00’s, also if it wasn’t for Marvel selling out their most important characters to Sony and Fox in the late 90’s, they wouldn’t exist anymore.
          2- I think most people realize by the context of the article that when i say Marvel, i mean Marvel Studios.

          If you wrote your reply knowing this then you’re dumb, because Superman, Batman, Blade, Spider-Man and guess what, the X-Men are the reason there is a MCU today.

          • SAMURAI36

            LMFAO, so Axxie is talking more nonsense as usual? He just doesn’t get tired of being clowned, does he?

          • Axxell

            Certainly not being “clowned” because you have any answer to my comments…

          • Axxell

            Marvel is only what it is today because of how popular Spider-Man and the X-MEN were from the 60’s to the 90’s

            “Only”? You’re talking as if Marvel just lucked into those stories, as if they had to do nothing but wait for them to fall on their lap…What do you mean by “only”?

            also if it wasn’t for Marvel selling out their most important characters to Sony and Fox(and other) in the late 90’s, they wouldn’t exist anymore.

            I’m sorry…remind me what Sony/Fox’s contribution to the success of these films was, beyond just providing the funding that Marvel Comics never had? Why should Fox take all the credit for buying into a ready-made franchise with a huge existing fanbase and decades of stories they could just draw from?

            In fact…if I remember correctly, Fox didn’t want to do Deadpool…What makes you think the movie WOULDN’T have happened with Marvel, the company that made Deadpool what he is and understands the character?

          • Maxi Iroh

            It doesn’t matter how good the stories were, there are plenty of books, comics, films and TV series are successful that aren’t particularly good or anything.(I’m not saying Spiderman and X-Men don’t have good stories)

            In the 80’s, Marvel(Comics) was already at the same level as DC in terms of success, brand recognition and funds wise, the Hulk TV series is consolidates that in my opinion, they even surpassed DC’s Batman and Superman as the two most bought books, with X-Men and Spiderman always at the top 2.

            What made Marvel go bankrupt was the bad choices they made in the 90’s, after the damned The Death and Return of Superman came out and had amazing sales, the market went crazy with their variant and special editions which f*cked everything, and while DC was already owned by Time Warner, and had already made a lot of money on Superman and Batman, Marvel hadn’t made that kind of money with it’s properties aside from comics yet, and it really had no way to do it, other than selling out, so they did sell the movie rights for their most well known characters, such as the Hulk, Spiderman, Blade, Ghost Rider, FF, X-Men, Daredevil, and the Justice League(;P).

            That money actually made Marvel Comics as a publisher have way more capital than their main rival DC(Comics).
            With the success of the Ultimates and with Marvel gaining more ground over DC, several comic book creators started following the money.(The Ultimate Universe was probably created for the people just starting to know the Marvel characters from the Sony/Fox movies)

            With that money Marvel started hiring a lot of writers and artists from DC, Vertigo, Dark Horse and Image to write for them, out of that came Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, Brian K. Vaughn, Robert Kirkman, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Bendis, Jason Aaron and Alex Ross. Even more so as the movies from Marvel started coming out.

            An R-Rated Deadpool would’ve never happened in the MCU, tell me two Marvel movies that weren’t made for the four quadrant.

          • Axxell

            I already know Marvel’s history….You still haven’t explained how Marvel lucked out into those stories as if Fox or someone else was the one who made them.

          • Maxi Iroh

            “It doesn’t matter how good the stories were, there are plenty of books, comics, films and TV series that are successful but aren’t particularly good or anything.”

          • Axxell

            I’m not saying Spiderman and X-Men don’t have good stories

    • Bill

      God no.

  • Maxi Iroh

    Why did they need Marvel’s approval?
    Negasonic only appeared on Grant Morrison X-Men run, right?!