Marvel, Fox Settle X-Men Battle

Comic book publisher Marvel and 20th Century Fox settled a lawsuit over licensing rights to the X-Men characters, Associate Press reports. Although the terms of the settlement were not released, both sides are looking forward to expanding their relationship and have “amicably resolved the dispute.”

Fox produced both the 2000 film X-Men and this summer’s sequel X-Men 2. Marvel and the studio sued each other in 2001. Fox sued Marvel Enterprises, Tribunte Entertainment and Fireworks Entertainment, claiming their syndicated TV series Mutant X violated an agreement licensing the X-Men characters for future films. Marvel then countersued, asking the court to dismiss Fox’s claims and arguing that the TV show used different characters. A federal judge in New York ruled that the series could proceed as long as no reference was made to the original X-Men comic books, characters of Fox feature, while allowing Fox to pursue a claim of breach of contract.