In upcoming Marvel film Avengers: Age of Ultron, they are using Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, characters which are Mutants (X-Men). So has Fox agreed for the characters to be used or Marvel and Fox both own the rights for these X-Men characters?

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    I think its they're allowed to use them, but not allowed to mention their true origins (magneto's children). So they will just appear as more supes.
    – Tablemaker
    Aug 28, 2013 at 17:22
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    @Paulster2 Nopes....Fox has the rights of X-Men movies.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Aug 28, 2013 at 17:26
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    @TylerShads Quicksilver is also coming in Days of future past too.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Aug 28, 2013 at 17:27
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    @AnkitSharma ... Good point. Aug 28, 2013 at 19:06
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    This infographic does a good job illustrating what movie studios own the rights to which characters.
    – Wrathchild
    Feb 12, 2014 at 14:14

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Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are a special exception to the licensing of the Mutant portion of the Marvel universe to Fox. Due to them being mutants, but also being important Avengers, both companies retain partial rights to the characters. Fox can use them as mutants and children of Magneto. Marvel can use them as Avengers, but they can't mention they're mutants or mention Magneto.

Kevin Feige said:

Characters like the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, are they part of Fox's deal or are they characters you could use?

Feige: We both have them. There's a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with "Avengers," but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as Magneto's relatives, but cannot have anything to do with "The Avengers."

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    "Fox can use them as mutants and children of Magneto. Marvel can use them as Avengers, but they can't mention they're mutants or mention Magneto." - What the? Meh, screw those bureaucrats.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Sep 3, 2013 at 15:42
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    Which is silly as surely mentioning them would help stir up interest in the X-Men films... like all the cameos in the early Avenger films. Why would Fox be against it?
    – Liath
    Sep 20, 2013 at 11:22
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    @Liath The question is more, why would Marvel promote a competitor's movies?
    – user209
    Sep 20, 2013 at 14:48

Legally, 20th Century Fox may object to the use of characters it is producing. So Marvel and Fox may both end up in suing soup due to some characters if one of them decides to sue the other. Though my opinion would be that both firms lawyers and management would negotiate the films and scripts to get a way out of this. Its just power play to get leverage over the other studio. You can read up more on Marvel Studios deals with other studios to get a good picture about how much of Marvel characters are actually licensed outside itself.

  • Then its seems Fox is poking marvel intentionally by making quicksilver's screen presence before them.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Aug 29, 2013 at 6:48
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    I think Marvel first announced Quicksilver and Fox rushed to include him in the script. Aug 29, 2013 at 12:34
  • I read somewhere that quicksilver was not in the draft of X-Men earlier.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Aug 29, 2013 at 13:11

No, because Scarlet Witch and quicksilver are owned by fox. They made a deal with marvel to use them as long as they don't mention mutants or X-Men and vice versa. Same with spiderman and Sony


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