James Gunn Didn’t Know Fox Owned Ego The Living Planet

Recently it was revealed that Marvel and 20th Century Fox traded certain characters for Deadpool and Guardians of The Galaxy 2. Fox wanted to change the powers of Negasonic Teenage Warhead from her psychic abilities in the comics to her explosive powers that we saw in the movie, but in order to do so had to get the green-light from Marvel Studios. In return for the change in abilities, Marvel acquired the character of Ego-The Living Planet who will be appearing in Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2 as Peter Quill’s father.

Writer and director of Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2, James Gunn, took to Facebook to reveal that while he was writing the sequel, he had no idea that Fox actually owned the rights to the character…

“When I first pitched Ego as Quill’s father, I THOUGHT we owned the character. After I had worked out a very elaborate story with Ego the Living Planet as a very important part of the Marvel cosmic universe, I learned that we actually didn’t own the character. I had no back up plan, and it would be nearly impossible to just drop another character in. Thank God Fox came to us and wanted to make a trade…”

It’s great that we live in a time when we can see talking racoons, living planets and characters called ‘Negasonic Teenage Warhead’ on the big screens and done so well. We’re not sure about what approach Gunn took to Ego-The Living Planet but we it’s not too long before we find out. It’s also to interesting to think if there were any more elements to this trade. This is pure speculation but perhaps there were other elements or characters involved in the trade that will come to light soon!

This is similar to the story that Anthony and Joe Russo told about them writing ‘Spider-Man’ into Captain America: Civil War before they were sure that Marvel could use the character. Luckily both scenarios worked out in the end.

Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2 hits theatres on May 5th 2017!

What do you think of James Gunn’s comments? Are you looking forward to seeing ‘Ego’ in Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 2? Do you think there were other characters or elements involved in the trade? Make sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section below or on our Instagram and Twitter!

Source: James Gunn Facebook