James Gunn Reveals He Didn’t Know Marvel Studios Didn’t Own the Rights to Ego When He Wrote the Script

James Jean is currently working on the much awaited Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Which is expected to go into production soon. This will mark Gunn’s third movie with Marvel, but a lot has changed since the first guardians Cinemas returned again in 2014. In 2019, Disney merged with 20th Century Studios, which means Marvel reclaimed the rights to many characters, most notably the X-Men. Turns out, when Jan was writing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2There was some misunderstanding, and he used Ego (Kurt Russell) even though Marvel doesn’t have the rights.

“Is this the birth of Galactus?!” , a fan asked Gunn about a scene in Guardians of the Galaxy. “No, Marvel didn’t have the rights to Galactus in 2014. Just another example of comic pareidolia — in the millions and millions of comic book boards that exist and millions and millions of shots in movies there must be a tremendous amount of accidental overlap,” Jan explained. That leads to more conversations about Marvel rights and the character.

One fan asked, “No rights were swapped, as FOX had Ego the Living Planet and Marvel had a Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and they were trading? Did you hear that once?” “Yeah, that’s basically true. If I remember correctly, Fox wanted TNW to be able to use their powers, which were partly owned by Marvel (these things are complicated), and they let us use Ego in return… actually making him the opponent in #GotGVol2, Gunn shared. “I was told we had the character, and that was a mistake. I didn’t find out we didn’t have the right to the character until after the deal was done. Thank goodness it was so deeply ingrained in the script.”

When asked if he had a contingency plan, Gunn replied, “I didn’t because I didn’t know rights were an issue. Had I changed before I started writing I could have figured out something else – but that was weeks before production. I think DavidAyerMovies knows how much Difficulty changing the opponent right before the shoot!” You can check the topic of the tweet below:

Back in September, Karen Gillan (Nebula) shared that third installment of guardians The trilogy is so “so emotional” that when I read the script with Pom Klementiev (Mantis), they were both in a “flood of tears.” After this quote went viral, Gunn took to Twitter with a hilarious response. “Or maybe they just got paper cuts,” Gun wrote in a tweet. “I hope it’s not because they thought they had too few lines because frankly their roles are too big and they seem greedy.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 It is currently scheduled for release on May 23, 2023


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