A major blow has been struck in the ongoing war between Fox and Marvel.
Longtime Marvel Studios producer Jeremy Latcham has reportedly defected from the company, joining rival studio Fox, according to a report from sandwich-themed Hollywood gossip rag The Wrap. Latcham had been a producer for Marvel since Iron Man in 2008. He has also been producer on Iron Man 2, and executive producer on The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. His most recent title at Marvel was Senior Vice President of Production and Development.
Latcham will now work for Fox, which has been engaged in a shadow war with Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter over the movie rights to the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Though Kevin Feige now controls Marvel Studios without oversight from Perlmutter, he has not made any moves to bring the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Universe like the deal with Sony allowed for Spider-Man, signifying deep-rooted hostilities still exist between the rival studios.
Latcham will have his own company within Fox to produce his own movies, while simultaneously serving as a trophy in the corporate blood feud that shows no end in sight.