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Before Marvel became a major movie powerhouse, the comic company sold the film rights to some of its biggest and best characters to studios who could make films that would do it justice. As such, Marvel can't make a Spider-Man or X-Men movie. However, keeping track of who owns what can be a bit daunting for people who don’t live and breathe comic book movies all day, every day.
Luckily for you guys, the Internet has once again stepped in to save the day – just like the characters in these movies we love. Ah, the Internet – Earth’s real mightiest hero.
The Geek Twins have crafted this highly informative (and moderately adorable) infographic showcasing who owns what when it comes to the major Marvel characters. Marvel owns the bulk of its creations – but did you know that Universal actually owns the rights to Namor: The Submariner? How about that Lionsgate owns the rights to make a Man-Thing movie? Did you even know Man-Thing is a Marvel character?
Kidding aside, the really interesting thing to glean from the chart is the overlap involving Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Both Marvel and Fox can use those characters thanks to the magic of crossovers. Since both of those characters are associated with The X-Men and The Avengers, each company can use them. The catch is that when Marvel uses them, it's not allowed to make reference to Mutants – because Mutants got sold along with X-Men to Fox. As such, this is how the character Quicksilver is able to appear in both X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Keep this chart handy for the next time a “who owns this Marvel character” debate breaks out at the office. It will save you from lots of bloodshed and tears. [via /Film]
Marvel Teases Black Widow Solo Film
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character has become a pretty integral part of Marvel’s cinematic universe. The character is slated to appear in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and will rejoin the Avengers in next year’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but is this hero always destined to play a supporting role alongside bigger heroes? Apparently not.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige has revealed that Johansson’s character will get a larger role in the upcoming Avengers film – and that they’re looking at the possibility of giving her a stand-alone feature.
"We learn more about her past, and learn more about where she came from and how she became in that film. The notion of exploring that further in her own film would be great, and we have some development work with that."
While that quote indicates things are very early in the development process, it makes sense. Johansson is a big star, and could conceivably carry her own film if called upon. Marvel’s done a nice job of setting up the character through her ensemble appearances, so Black Widow not being an “A team” Marvel property wouldn’t be a big deal – audiences know her already. Plus, there’s a legitimate dearth of solo female movies in this genre. Marvel could conceivably launch another franchise here.
What do you guys think? Would you show up for a stand-alone Black Widow movie, or would you prefer the character stay in her current supporting role? [via Comic Book Movie]
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