Who Has the Rights to Which Marvel Characters?

The question that is killing anyone who is looking forward to crossover films...

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By IronMarvel - 8/12/2009
Here are the studio names and who has the legal rights to which characters: (No copyright infringement intended. If there is any, I just got this from screenrant.com)

20th Century Fox
Daredevil: Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Elektra (Natchios), The Kingpin/Wilson Fisk, Bullseye, Jack Murdock, Karen Page, Ben Urich
Elektra: Christine Cord/Tatoo, Typhoid Mary/Marry Alice Walker, Kirigi, Stick, Stone
Fantastic Four: Doctor Doom/Victor von Doom, Human Torch/Johnny Storm, Invisible Woman/Susan Storm, Mr. Fantastic/Dr. Reed Richards, The Thing/Ben Grimm, Nova/Frankie Raye, Alicia Masters, Willie Lumpkin
X-Men Mutants: [Agent Zero/Maverick/David North], Angel/Warren Worthington III, Arclight/Phillippa Sontag, Beast/Dr. Henry Phillip “Hank” McCoy, [Blob/Frederick J. Dukes], [Bolt/Christopher Bradley], Callisto, Colossus/Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin, Cyclops/Scott Summers, [Deadpool/Wade Wilson], Emma (Grace) Frost, Jean Grey/Phoenix, Juggernaut/Cain Marko, Gambit/Remy LeBeau, Glob Herman/Herman Gardner, Iceman/Bobby Drake, Jubilee/Jubilation Lee, Katherine “Kitty” Anne Pryde, [Kestrel/John Wraith], Lady Deathstrike/Yuriko Oyama, Leech, Magneto/Erik Magnus Lehnsherr, Mastermind/Jason (Wyngarde), Multiple Man/James Arthur Madrox, Mystique/Raven Darkholme, Nightcrawler/Kurt Wagner, Phat/William Robert “Billy-Bob” Reilly, Professor Charles Xavier, Psylocke/Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock, Pyro/St. John Allerdyce, Quill/Max Jordan, Rogue/(Anna) Marie, Sabretooth/Victor Creed, Sebastian Hiram Shaw, [Silver Fox], Siryn/Theresa Rourke Cassidy, (The) Spike, Storm/Ororo Munroe, Wolverine/Logan
X-Men Non-Mutants: Drake Family (Steven, Madeline, Ronny), Grey Family (Dr. John, Elaine), Henry Peter Gyrich, Robert Edward Kelly, Dr. Moira Kinross MacTaggert, Dr. Kavita Rao, William Stryker, Bolivar Trask, Warren Worthington II

New Line Cinema
Vampires: Blade, Deacon Frost, Dracula/Vlad Tepes
Non-Vampires: Hannibal King, Abraham Whistler

Sony Pictures
Ghost Rider: Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze, Blackheart/Legion, Phantom Rider/Carter Slade, Abigor, Gressil, Mephistopheles, Wallow, Barton Blaze, Roxanne Simpson
Spider-Man: Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Doctor Octopus/Otto Octavius, Green Goblin/Norman Osborn, (New) Green Goblin/Harry Osborn, [The Lizard]/Dr. Curt Connors, Sandman/Flint Marko, Venom/Eddie Brock Jr., Betty Brant, Dennis Carradine (Buglar), J. Jonah Jameson, Ben Parker, May Parker, John Jameson, Joseph “Robbie” Robertson, Gwen Stacy, Mendel Stromm, Flash Thompson

Lionsgate Entertainment
Punisher: The Punisher/Frank Castle, Jigsaw/Billy Russoti, Microchip/Linus Liberman, Joan the Mouse, Maginty, Mr. Bumpo, Spacker Dave, The Russian, Maria Elizabeth Castle, Detective Martin Soap,

(There wasn't one for Marvel so I'm gonna go from memory)

Thor and other related characters

Captain America and other related characters

Iron Man and other related characters

Dr. Strange
And others which I hope you'll tell me!
Source: screenrant.com
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IronMarvel - 8/12/2009, 8:02 PM
Please let me know if I missed any! First on my own article hah
ThisFan - 8/12/2009, 8:30 PM
you cant do first on your article also i was hoping for a but more detail
divo - 8/12/2009, 8:38 PM
Ironmarvel good article man! You should post another one...Let us know when these rights revert back to marvel!!!
NJdevil12 - 8/12/2009, 11:17 PM
hey cool article. i actually decide to look up when all the rights revert back to marvel, and i ended up finding this very article. now as i was reading i went to the bottom and read some comments, and the last comment i read was this...

"I’ve heard elsewhere that the contract at Fox for DareDevil started in 2001 and was over after 6 years, Elektra was part of that deal, so Marvel has them back.

The Fantastic Four contract with Fox is supposedly an 8 year deal so it’ll end in late 2010.

The Blade contract was signed way back in 1997 so it is over now.

The Sony deal with Ghostrider ends in 2011.

Sony has Spider-Man 4 & 5 but after that they’re done.

Fox’s extension deal for X-Men is for 6 years and was signed in 2008 so by 2015 everything should be back at Marvel."

now i honestly dont know if any of that is true, but i found it pretty interesting, and thought i would post up here to see if anybody else had any info on when all these film rights would revert back to marvel
divo - 8/13/2009, 8:44 AM
Everything sounds legit except for the daredevil one. Im pretty sure fox still has him which sucks :(
Spock - 8/13/2009, 11:56 AM
this is interesting to see how all characters spread out so.
JoshWilding - 8/13/2009, 1:32 PM
wouldnt it be just brilliant if Marvel got back the rights to ALL their characters? imagine the Human Torch appearing in Spider-Man, Iron Man being in Daredevil, The Fantastic Four and The Avengers...god, those movies would be the BEST ever! :)
CaptainAmerica - 8/13/2009, 9:16 PM
@NJDevil, contracts usually dont work that way, as long as the company is making movies then they get to keep the rights unless Marvel buys them. There is a certain timeframe for which a film has to be produced which is why there is an unreleased Fantastic Four film from the 90's.
NJdevil12 - 8/13/2009, 9:23 PM
@captainamerica, yeah i know, but i think what the guy that posted that comment ment, was if they didnt make any movies that's when the contracts would expire.
LEEE777 - 8/15/2009, 2:25 PM
DR STRANGE is MARVEL STUDIOS! And Johnny Depp!!! ; D

Damn, nice article @ IRON MARVEL!

I missed this lol.

I'll give you a thumbs up even if this lot ain't!

Very interesting post! Cheers man!!! ; )
Osiris - 8/16/2009, 10:18 PM
well hopefully fox stops making X-Men films so we can get an accurate X film by 2015, but I doubt that would happen because FOX is milking X films right now due to the fan base that don't read the comics.
TheJester - 8/17/2009, 6:59 AM
Hulk is missing
IronMarvel - 8/17/2009, 5:06 PM
LEEE@ thanks i had to look it up it was bothering me not knowing who owns what
OptionFour - 8/18/2009, 9:11 PM
Interesting article.

CaptainAmerica,
Actually, the way contracts usually work is conditional. Marvel still 'owns' the rights to these characters - what they do is farm out the rights to these other companies for a) a time period, and b) a number of films. So whichever comes up first is what causes the contract to expire.

So its not a case of "as long as they keep making movies they own the rights until Marvel buys them back." No one would ever unconditionally sell the rights like that. Say someone buys the rights to Thor (god forbid) it would be something like a three movie deal with a five year clause that causes the Option to expire if nothing is produced.
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