There were rumors going around earlier that Marvel has struck some kind of deal with Fox and has acquired the rights to “Fantastic Four” and will be coming out with a new movie in 2020 as a part of their rumored Phase 4. All these rumors have been addressed by Fox who have issued a statement saying that they are not giving away the rights.
According to Comicbook.com, 20th Century Fox has confirmed to the media outlet that the movie rights to “Fantastic Four” remain at the studio and all the rumors about the brand going back to Marvel are completely untrue. The outlet also stated that the deal that was rumored to be happening between Fox and Marvel is also untrue.
According to the deal, two “X-Men” TV series titled “Hellfire” and “Legion” would be developed by Fox Television in association with Marvel Television. But in order to get the TV rights of the above two series, Fox would have to let go of the movie rights of “Fantastic Four.”
It is being said that the deal too is untrue because right from the beginning Fox has its hands on the “X-Men” TV rights and even if they were to trade “Fantastic Four” movie rights, there would be innumerable legal documents that both the parties would have to go through and it would be a lot more complicated than just trading them.
Besides, Marvel Studios and Marvel Television are two different subsidiaries of Disney, which means Marvel Studios couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the deal.
Movie Pilot that gave many reasons for “Fantastic Four” to not go to Marvel, mentioned in one of their reasons that the first family has got nothing to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe because the next big thing that MCU will bring in is “Captain America: Civil War” and there wouldn’t really be anything to do for Dr. Reed Richards and his team.
As of now, Fox is going ahead with the planned sequel of “Fantastic Four,” which will release on July 14, 2017.
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