The Fantastic Four Returns
The first family of Marvel Comics is back!
Marvel Comics announced the launch of a new Fantastic Four series to its comic book line.
The Fantastic Four series was previously cancelled in 2015, with Marvel citing declining sales. However, many have speculated that the real reason behind the cancellation was an effort to kill the franchise as consequences for Fox refusing to sell the film rights to Marvel.
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Disney’s proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox, including the Fantastic Four film rights, in December.
The series will be in the hands of writer Dan Slott and drawn by Miles Morales co-creator Sara Pichelli. Slott has had terrific runs on The Amazing Spider-Man and on Silver Surfer from 2014-2017 and if he brings that kind of writing to the Fantastic Four, we should be in for a grand re-entrance!
Now, we can’t talk about the comic reunion without also addressing the potential impact on the MCU. Though Disney and Fox have agreed to the terms of their deal, the acquisition still has to be approved by the government.
So, why make this decision now?
It could simply be a sign that Disney is confident in its prospects to pass muster with the antitrust laws. At the very least, it’s a sure sign of a much friendlier relationship between the two studios.
Or could it be something else? Could there already be a backdoor deal in place to allow the Fantastic Four to appear in the MCU before the acquisition is approved? It’s not likely, given that Noah Hawley is still developing a Doctor Doom movie for Fox. But it does warrant some consideration as to whether there is more going on here.
The Fantastic Four will hit the shelves of comic book stores everywhere later this year.