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The Deadman 08-08-2017 04:46 AM

Marvel Canned Fantastic 4 Due to Film Rights, Says Writer


The Fantastic Four's comics ended because of Marvel's frustrations with 20th Century Fox over film rights, according to a former writer for the series.

Speaking with Newsarama, Jonathan Hickman ó who's also written for Marvel's Avengers and Secret Wars ó opened up about why the Fantastic Four comics ended back in 2015.

"I think itís pretty common knowledge at this point that Marvel isnít publishing Fantastic Four because of their disagreement with Fox," he said. "While it bums me out, I completely understand because, well, it isnít like theyíre not acting out of cause. Fox needs to do a better job there."

Hickman is undoubtedly referring to the commercial and critical failure of the Fantastic Four reboot. The movie was one of the biggest box office bombs in 2015.

But Hickman didn't stop there. He disagreed that Fantastic Four may not resonate with people today, an idea floated by Marvel previously.

"Family, future, and exploration are timeless, universal concepts. Sure, they can be nostalgic, but they don't have to be," he said. "That's really the brilliance of a lot of the early Marvel characters, they were created by guys wrapping both arms around timeless themes.

"There are some exceptions to this, of course, but for the most part almost everything Marvel owns is highly malleable and easily exploitable."

Marvel had no comment about Hickman's claims.

Recently, Marvel revealed the Fantastic Four will be making a partial comeback in Marvel 2-in-1, featuring Thing and Human Torch. Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman are still out working on the restoration of the multiverse, which is where we left them at the end of Secret Wars.

ToTheNines 08-08-2017 04:53 AM

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