James Gunn Had No Idea Fox Owned Ego The Living Planet

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is set to be one of Marvel’s biggest releases in quite some time. Since the first film opened in August of 2014, fans everywhere have been dying to see more of this rag-tag group of heroes. When the film’s first teaser hit last month, the internet again, fell in love with the group, especially Vin Diesel’s Baby Groot. Interestingly, the movie’s plot has had little to nothing revealed. All we really know is that the film will be “more personal” and will tackle how Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord feels about his Father, played by Kurt Russell.

Recently, it was revealed that the movie’s director, James Gunn, asked Marvel to swap Deadpool‘s breakout star, Negasonic Teenage Warhead in favour for the Fox owned character, Ego The Living Planet. Of course, unlike the comic books, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Ego will be Star-Lord’s father. The director commented on his knowledge of the ownership on his official Facebook page:

“When I first pitched Ego as Quill’s father, I thought we owned the character. After I had worked out a very elaborate story with Ego the Living Planet as a very important part of the Marvel cosmic universe, I learned that we actually didn’t own the character. I had no back up plan, and it would be nearly impossible to just drop another character in. Thank God Fox came to us and wanted to make a trade.”

I am truly happy Gunn got his way, and was able to tell the story he always wanted to. One of the MCU’s best components is the confidence Kevin Feige and the people at Disney have in regard to the film’s directors and their respective visions. What do you guys think of this? Are you excited to see the next chapter in the Guardians of The Galaxy saga?

Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theatres everywhere May 5th, 2017.

Source: Facebook (Via Comicbookmovie)

Roby D'Ottavi

Roby D'Ottavi

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  • UnBoxingJon

    I hope that one day the lawyers from Fox, Sony, Paramount, and Marvel all come together to explain how this all works and who owns what and why. I would watch that movie.

  • Justin Jules

    Sammy?? Nappy?? What BS do you want to add to this article?

  • Rob

    So Fox really blew that one. If they knew that Marvel really needed Ego for GOTG2, they could have asked for the world.

    • Steve Steve

      It doesn’t sound like Fox new. Gunn said Fox came to Marvel asking for a trade. Perhaps Fox was in a similar boat, where Negasonic Teenage Warhead was the perfect character for Deadpool.

      I can’t imagine the Fox executives even knew who Ego was, let alone that they owned his rights.

      • Rob

        Except that Fox never expected Deadpool to be a big movie. GOTG2 is a tentpole movie. Fox definitely had the leverage if they knew that Gunn had no back up plan.

        • Steve Steve

          Who’s to say Fox knew Ego was destined for GOTG2?

          Perhaps you are right, but pushing leverage to maximize return is not always the best strategy. Fox has a storied rivalry with Marvel (the business leaders anyway). Perhaps this was an opportunity for the creative teams (who reportedly get along quite well) to bridge that rivalry and take a step towards bigger deals.

        • Axxell

          Perhaps Fox thought they were getting the better deal. I mean, between a planet with a talking face and a character named Negasonic Teenage Warhead…I’d think Marvel got a raw deal as is.