Fox and Marvel apparently at 'legally negotiated standoff' over Quicksilver

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May 24, 2013

It turns out that two different studios having controlling interests in a character can cause problems. Go figure.

Yesterday, we told you that Bryan Singer announced he'd cast Quicksilver for X-Men Days of Future Past. We already know that Joss Whedon wants both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for Avengers 2. So where does that leave Fox and Disney? In a stalemate. Allegedly.

According to Hitfix (who supposedly has an insider source on the subject):

This is not a situation where the two different companies are working together to try and create a sense of a larger shared world. In fact, if either of them could get the other to back off, they would. The thing is, Bryan Singer has designed a sequence that he feels only works with Quicksilver, and Joss Whedon feels that there is a pressing reason for Quicksilver to show up in 'The Avengers 2,' and so what we're going to see is a legally-negotiated stand-off in which we'll get two totally different versions of one character. While they may act like things are amicable in public, HitFix sources say otherwise... Marvel has larger plans for the character, though, and wants to use him for more than just one action sequence.

So if you were hoping that Quicksilver's appearence in X-Men would mean a kind of crossover between these film franchises, it seems like you're out of luck. There's also an ongoing question of just how worthwhile it will be for Singer to include Quicksilver in Days of Future Past. With such a packed cast of characters already attached, just how much room is there for Magneto's son? And will it be worth it to face the wrath of Marvel?

This is the first time this has happened, and there is still time for Fox to blink. If they push forward and allow Singer to include the character, there's a chance they're burning down any future cooperation with Marvel, who have proven themselves to be hard negotiators who aren't afraid to flex whatever muscle they have.

Sounds ugly. But we have serious doubts that Bryan Singer will "blink."

(via MTV Splashpage)

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