There have been many rumours going around that the rights to Fantastic Four are returning home to Marvel, but is this actually true? It’s understandable to believe so, especially considering that Sony and Marvel have come to the decision to work together to put Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So why not Fox and Marvel too? Considering that the 2015 Fantastic Four film was such a disappointment, it seems only logical for Fox to give up its Fantastic Four rights and call it a day.
After the film received mostly negative reviews, with a rating of only 9% on Rotten Tomatoes, there has been a great deal of speculation amongst the fans about Fantastic Four returning to Marvel, and who can blame them? I’m sure we’d all love to see the Avengers and the Four join forces.
Unfortunately, these rumours are just too good to be true. Marvel and Fox have both denied that the rights of Fantastic Four are being given to Marvel; although we do not know yet if this will change in the future. For now, however, Marvel’s first family is remaining with Fox.
Although there are some people who disagree with incorporating the Fantastic Four characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are also a lot of people (myself included) who think it would be a fantastic idea (see what I did there?).
It’s not just me who thinks so; even Toby Kebbell, the actor who plays Doctor Doom, has expressed an interest in being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe during a 2015 interview. To be more precise, he has expressed a desire to, “go and destroy Thor.” Now who wouldn’t want to see that??
The trailers for Fantastic Four sparked much enthusiasm, and I think it’s safe to say that most of us superhero fans were pretty excited about it. Everything to do with the run-up to the film received positive reviews, and although it wasn’t exactly going to be up there with the likes of the Avengers movies, it still had the potential to be pretty great. But then the film was released…
20th Century Fox’s 2015 Fantastic Four film was a complete flop. There’s no nicer way to put it. Not only was it the lowest reviewed Marvel superhero movie to date, it also received a multitude of criticisms based on actor performances and special effects. Things really didn’t go so well for Fox.
After their X-men: Days of Future Past was such a success, it begs the question of whether it was really an issue for Fox that Fantastic Four went so badly. But then again, why waste time and money producing a bad movie when you could sell it to another company, say…Marvel for instance? I think it’s safe to say that if it had been a Marvel-made film it would have done a hell of a lot better.
Although the rights to Fantastic Four cannot (currently) be pried out of Fox’s death grip, there is some good news. According to their contract, Fox must shoot a new film every few years to keep hold of the Fantastic Four rights, much like with their rights to X-Men. This was the same for Daredevil, but Fox decided to return the rights to Marvel last-minute. This ended up being a pretty smart decision, as it has now spawned into a successful Netflix series. With regards to Fantastic Four, however, if Fox decides not to produce a sequel then the rights will return home. Perhaps this is good news for Marvel because, let’s face it, would Fox really choose to produce another disastrously received movie?