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Subj: Re: Jonathan Hickman: "they cancelled the FF because of the films."
Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 at 11:14:45 am EDT (Viewed 163 times)
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”I think it’s pretty common knowledge at this point that Marvel isn’t publishing Fantastic Four because of their disagreement with Fox,” Hickman explained. “While it bums me out, I completely understand because, well, it isn’t like they’re not acting out of cause. Fox needs to do a better job there.”

While you'd like to think that Hickman has some inside information, and maybe he knows a 'little' more than the general public -- his comments still come down to speculation.

I agree that the friction between Marvel and Fox over the Fantastic Four IS a factor in Marvel Comics not producing a Fantastic Four comic, and also linked to any merchandising featuring the Fantastic four characters -- but I have no real hard evidence pointing directly to that.

The way I see it... the film business doesn't result in increased comic sales, but the comic business DOES result in increased movie ticket sales. I think there's a concerted effort to devalue the Fantastic Four movie business as a way of diminishing Fox's returns and nudge them towards abandoning their movie rights. Fox, of course, wants to be paid to turn them over -- but Marvel Studios probably figures they can wait things out.

The other thing that may come into it... if you introduce any new characters or ideas in the pages of a Fantastic Four comic, I believe they automatically become fodder for Fox's movie endeavors. Marvel wouldn't be able to capitalize on their own products.

I wonder, then, if the Future Foundation falls outside of that situation because they were formed under the FF comic. Does Fox have any claim on the characters and situations that were developed under that comic? No idea.

I'd also like to know if making a movie that features Dr. Doom or Franklin and Valeria qualifies to extend Fox's movie rights or not. I would guess Fox thinks they do.

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