Fans have been waiting for something like the Battle for Quicksilver to happen, ever since it was made clear that the film rights for the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Spider-Man would not be returning to Marvel Studios anytime soon. Now it seems likely that two versions of the same superhero will be appearing in different franchises, with one or both films not able to fully depict the character as he is in the comics.
At this point it'd help to have a checklist of exactly which studios own what characters, because it's pretty confusing the way it stands right now. Fox owns the X-Men and Fantastic Four, but mutants can apparently appear in Marvel Studios films as long as they're not called mutants (and possibly not called by their code names). Sony owns Spider-Man, and he's not moving studios, not ever. That means we'll never see Norman Osborn clash with the Avengers in a Marvel Studios film. Galactus and Silver Surfer, two essential characters for Marvel Studios considering they're going cosmic, are owned by Fox as part of the Fantastic Four deal. But that ownership doesn't extend to the Inhumans, who are Fantastic Four characters that Marvel Studios is boldly talking about turning into a film.
It's all really confusing.
And as Marvel movies continue to make big bucks, more characters are going to get introduced. Here are seven more characters that could result in Quicksilver-level confusion, with assumed studio ownership marked throughout.
With Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" set to start filming next month in London, actress Zoe Saldana is anxiously waiting to find out just what her character will look like in the film.
"I'm curious," she admitted to USA Today. "That's what I want I start to check out, too: Am I going to wear leather? Is it going to be spandex? How's my hair going to look?"
These are all valid concerns for the actress, considering that her role as Gamora will prove to be an incredibly physical one. Gamora is known as the deadliest woman in the galaxy, and Saldana has expressed interest in doing pretty much every stunt that she physically can do. But for the majority of time that Gamora's existed in the comics, she's worn outfits that don't really adhere to the laws of physics. Gamora's going to need a costume overhaul similar to the one seen in the new "Guardians" comics (see above right) if she's going to work on the big screen.
Relations between Marvel Studios and Fox have gotten a bit more complicated after Bryan Singer announced that Quicksilver, a character that Joss Whedon has been very vocal about including in "The Avengers 2," was just added to the cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Judging by the quickness (pun super intended) of the casting, it's not far fetched to assume that Quicksilver was added to the now-shooting "X-Men" film just to get to him first.
In fact, the initial wording of Singer's tweet contained a subtle jab at the Avengers, saying that "before he was an #Avenger, he was just a REALLY fast kid." Singer's since deleted that tweet and replaced it with this one:
"Amazing Spider-Man 2" actor Jamie Foxx opened up to Yahoo! Movies about his transformation into a comic book super villain. We've already seen a sneak peek of his Electro persona during a few scenes shot in Times Square, but judging by Foxx's comments, there will be more to Electro's look than just blue body paint and a hoodie.
"Oh, man, it's so much fun," says Foxx about the experience. "The costume is great. They were very creative with it... It's a couple hours of work [to get into makeup], but it's really so much fun. It's part of a remarkable legacy: Spider-Man. I mean, when you're growing up as a kid, you know, that's everything. So to be able to be in that is just amazing."
Whatever uncertainty there is surrounding Quicksilver's involvement now that Bryan Singer has called dibs on the character, it's still relatively certain that at least one more Avenger will assemble in "Avengers 2": Scarlet Witch. According to writer and director Joss Whedon, Wanda Maximoff will be among the movie's new recruits, and he already has a prototypical actress in mind for Scarlet Witch. It was rumored earlier this month that Saoirse Ronan ("The Host") is exactly the type of actress the production is looking for. But what does Ronan think about that? The Mary Sue asked if she had heard about the rumors and if she would consider joining the cast.
"I have heard about it and yes, I would. Yeah, of course I would. I love Joss and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes. I think it's very different from what anyone else has done. So yeah, I'd love to be in it."
And things just got very, very interesting for Marvel.
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer dropped a bomb via Twitter this afternoon when he announced that Evan Peters, best known for his roles in the TV series "American Horror Story," has been cast as Quicksilver in next year's mutant film. This comes as great news for fans of the character, who has frequently popped up as a member of the super hero teams X-Factor and the Avengers.
Oh yeah, the Avengers. This is a bombshell because writer and director Joss Whedon has been very vocal about Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's involvement in his early drafts of "Avengers 2." Since the characters have spent the majority of their 50 year comic book career as members of the Avengers, it makes sense for Whedon to include Quicksilver and his twin sister in an Avengers sequel. But since the characters are mutants, and Magneto's children to boot, they're also fair game for Bryan Singer. This is a problem since the Avengers and X-Men's film rights are owned by two different studios.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has gone on record saying that the characters are fair game for either studio, but it seemed like this was a first-come first-served type thing. So what does this mean for Quicksilver's involvement in "The Avengers 2"?
Unlike the struggling survivors of the zombie apocalypse, AMC's "The Walking Dead" seems to have a very, very long life ahead of it. AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan made this fact very clear at the Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference, saying that unlike ending hit shows "Breaking Bad" and "Mad Men," "The Walking Dead" is pretty much guaranteed a long life.
"We hope that zombies live forever, and we’ve just begun to find out what the post-apocalyptic world is like," said Sapan, "so that we'll be sitting here at the Barclays conference in 2022 discussing the fact that 'Walking Dead' is not over... at that point, I think any one of the companies will have replaced the United States government and we'll be in a complete free enterprise world in which there are no nations."
Fans have been anxiously waiting for Superman and Batman to join forces in film for decades now, and Henry Cavill hopes that the waiting is about to come to an end. The "Man of Steel" leading man revealed to SFX that he wants a big screen team-up just as badly as everyone else does.
"I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict," says Cavill, "because they are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story.”
Like the magazine's "Iron Man 3" and Marvel Phase 2 coverage from a few weeks ago, the magazine's cover story and Wolverine-themed contents should make their way online soon. Until then, the site's peek at the latest cover features one quote from Hugh Jackman regarding 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
"Somehow the first Wolverine movie ended up looking like the fourth X-Men – just with different characters," Jackman says. "I left unsure if we'd achieved our goal, which was to make sure people understood my character. This movie will really get to his core."
Speaking of core, Logan's really been working his (ba-dum bum)! Check out the cover below.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" has been shooting in New York City and New York state for the past few months, most recently near some basketball courts in Chinatown. In between shots, Spider-Man himself took some time off to shoot some hoops with local kids. The video is pretty amazing, and it's heartwarming to know that Andrew Garfield naturally does something that you just know Spider-Man would do too. Robot 6 also points out that that's apparently Emma Stone walking the dog in the videos below.
Check out another angle of Spidey's moves below, complete with footage of him walking back to the film's closed off set.
Splash Page welcomes Ed Tadem to our cover artist family (our custom-designed theme up top). Currently working on the forthcoming "Avengers" animated series, Tadem's work can also be seen in the "Jackie Karma" issues of Image's "'76," and in "Pop Gun, Volume 1." Ed Tadem can be found online at EdTadem.com.