It might be lost on the casual fan just how much of the Marvel Universe 20th Century Fox has the rights to with their X-Men deal. When Marvel began licensing the film rights to the characters to studios, they spread their products across Hollywood, which is how the X-Men, Spider-Man, and others at the time ended up in different places from the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. With just the X-Men, Fox has all of the primary characters but also the respective spin-off teams that branched out of the X-Men, and not to mention many of the alien species that inhabit the larger galaxy in the Marvel Universe.
There is one place and character however that is a little different, Ka-Zar and The Savage Land. The Savage Land as a place first made its debut in the pages of Marvel Mystery Comics in 1941 with the first Ka-Zar appearing in 1939’s Marvel Comics #1, this being when the publisher was known as Timely Comics, which would later become Marvel. The character was short-lived in the Timely days, but when Ka-Zar (albeit a different character) and The Savage Land made their debut in Marvel Comics proper, it was in the pages of the X-Men comics.
Does this mean that 20th Century Fox could use this location and character? Are they perhaps co-shared by both Fox and Marvel Studios, like Quicksilver? We asked series producer Hutch Parker this question on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, which you can read our full report by clicking here, and he replied:
“To be totally honest, I don’t know. I don’t know, and I kind of should because of my time at the studio, but it’s a pretty carefully cataloged thing and once we get our head down into stories, and we are into a bunch of them, that’s where my attention goes. I haven’t gone back to check but now that you’ve asked the question, I shall.”
A rumor popped up back in 2010 that Marvel Studios was considering doing smaller films after The Avengers, with a Ka-Zar movie being among those rumored to be in the mix. For now though, it still remains unclear who has access to the character or his primordial island paradise.
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