In a little peak into the inner workings of Marvel and their strategising for future blockbusters, THR explains that filmmakers Paul Wernick and James Gunn struck a deal between the superhero franchise and Fox. All to help better shape Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It would be the casting for Ryan Reynolds' foul-mouthed R-rated feature that allowed Chris Pratt's character Star Lord to have Ego the Living Planet as his father. Whoops. Spoiler alert!
During a special Deadpool screening this week, Wernick who worked as a screenwriter for the flick, said that his co-screenwriter Rhett Reese pushed for Negasonic Teenage Warhead to star in the movie. Why? Well, in most part, because of her kick ass name. Makes sense. That call sparked a sequence of events that filtered over to GOTG and their plans for the hotly anticipated sequel.
Short List of Names Gets Long and Complicated
With over 400 names to choose from to help create their own little niche of the Marvel universe, Wernick would find out that one of those they wanted was under the ownership of Fox.
"We were looking down the list of the 400 characters that Fox owns, and NTW jumped out and we were like, 'Yes. I don't care what her powers are. She's gonna be in the movie,'" said Wernick." Then, like trading stock or baseball players, a switch would take place. "Kurt Russell('s Ego the Living Planet) in the new Guardians movie was the character that Fox swapped with Marvel to (change) Negasonic Teenage Warhead powers."
Gunn Could Have Been Out Of Ammo For Blockbuster
Writer/director for Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn decided to take to Facebook to explain how Kurt Russell's obscure character Ego the Living Planet would eventually come into the fold. But it was not without a few hurdles.
"When I first pitched Ego as (Star Lord)'s father, I THOUGHT we owned the character," wrote Gunn. "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."
Who knows what other characters are being swapped for future installments. Perhaps a superhero draft is in store?