Posted August 20, 2013 by Ryan Villanueva in Comics

THE STUDIO WARS (Why Spidey and Logan Couldn’t Join the Avengers)



Marvel Studios

Since Marvel comic book characters started to appear on the big screen, millions of fans jumped in joy. After all the blockbuster films year after year it just gets you excited about the endless possibilities about the hundred comic book stories being translated into the big screen. Well, im sorry to rain on everyone’s parade but that won’t be happening anytime soon. Stories like Civil War, House of M, Avengers vs X-MEN might not even make it to the big screen nor would Spider-man or Wolverine join the Avengers ranks all because of the so called “Studio Wars”.


20th Century Fox

Marvel Comics own the rights to all their characters in the comic books. In Marvel Comics you could see the X-Men appearing on an Avengers title. However, in the movie universe it wouldn’t be possible.  Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios are two different entities though they are one company. A few years ago Marvel had decided to sell off rights of their characters to different movie studios like Universal, Fox and Sony to have movies made based on their comic book characters. Since those films made lots of money, Marvel then decided to put up their own movie house, Marvel Studios.  Marvel was able to buy back the rights to some of their characters like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk, reason why Avengers the movie become possible. However, big selling characters like everyone’s friendly neighborhood, Spider-man and all of its related characters and villains are still with Sony. As well as our beloved mutants, the X-Men, Fantastic Four and everything connected with them are in-house with Fox.



The problem now is Marvel couldn’t get them all back. What’s left with Marvel? Any characters that are not with Sony or with Fox, and why would those studios return those characters back? From what I’ve read online, the clause that would allow these characters to be returned to Marvel is that if the studio doesn’t make a movie with these characters for a certain number of years which wouldn’t be happening soon as Fox has reported that they would be releasing a Fantastic Four reboot in 2015. Spider-man and the X-Men are selling for both Sony and Fox, since they are money earners for the film studio, I don’t see our favorite spider and our beloved mutants being released and returned to its mother studio anytime soon.  The only characters that got returned to Marvel recently are The Ghost Rider, Punisher and Blade (since those movies I think didn’t sell as good as the other characters).


Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch

Now comes the tricky part, we know that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are both members of the Avengers and are also mutants at the same time. For neither Marvel nor Fox to get sued, Pietro and Wanda can appear in an Avengers movie but it should never be discussed that they are mutants. If they were to be part of an X-MEN movie, they would not be allowed to mention Cap or any of the Avengers. It’s like living on 2 separate worlds where the other one couldn’t exist with the other.

No matter how much clamor the fans, make, we might not see the complete Avengers roster in any of the upcoming sequels unless all three movie studios (Marvel, Fox and Sony) would agree to do a co-production for an Avengers movie that would allow all characters to co-exist but the way things are going right now, as sad as it may be, it just wouldn’t be possible.


Marvel’s Civil War by Leinil Yu



Ryan Villanueva

Your resident all around Flipgeek, from comics,movies,games,toys,music and even sports. A big Spider-man fan raised in the ways of the Jedi,who listens to punk rock and a sucker for chick flicks.