Believe it or not, the Fantastic Four had always been one of Marvel Comics' most beloved properties, right up there with some of the other big house names such as the Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man. It's why it's been so frustrating to see 20th Century Fox make one mediocre to bad installment after the other featuring the first superhero family.
Most comic book movie fans are praying that Fox will return the rights to Marvel Studios, but unfortunately, Kevin Feige has confirmed multiple times that there is no current plans for this to happen. And just recently on Twitter, Marvel director #JamesGunn explains the rights situation perfectly.
James Gunn Hilariously Explains The Fantastic Four Rights Situation Over Twitter
A few days ago on Twitter, Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) was doing an impromptu Q&A session with fans. While discussing the Marvel-Fox rights situation, one fan expressed how he doesn't understand why Fox hasn't let the #FantasticFour return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. In response, Gunn gave a simple yet amusing answer:
Clearly, a lot of comic book movie fans have had a difficult time comprehending the live-action rights situation in regard to the Fantastic Four. From a creative perspective, the most sensible option be to work out a deal with Marvel so they can be part of the #MCU, just like Marvel and Sony did with Spider-Man. But this is business and from a business point of view, Fox isn't just going to give back the rights to the Fantastic Four, regardless of what the fans want.
Another fan on Twitter tried to press the issue by arguing that Marvel originally owned the Fantastic Four, therefore, they should have a say. But this is neither how business nor capitalism works, as Gunn pointed out.
At the end of the day, these movie studios are big businesses trying to make money. Given that, the execs of 20th Century Fox aren't going to wake up tomorrow morning and decide to kiss Kevin Feige's feet and return the Fantastic Four property rights to Marvel Studios because it's "fair." In Fox's eyes, it is better to have a viable, ready-made brand in their back pocket than not, even if it has not been super successful to this point. It's certainly better than having nothing.
Having said all of this, I would absolutely love to see the Fantastic Four be incorporated into the MCU. However, Fox would have to benefit from the situation as well. Money is what drives the business, and if Fox Studios saw an advantage in giving Marvel the rights back, it would. Whether or not this will happen is a whole other story. It's also worth noting that pride plays a part in this, as well. While Sony was over a barrel after being hacked and the poor reception to the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the last thing Fox wants is to make it look like it can’t make a good movie with the Fantastic Four property.
In summary, I don't believe Marvel's first family will return to Marvel for at least another half a decade at the very earliest. Fox is clearly interested in maintaining the property and is willing to take big risks in order to make and deliver on a good movie based in the Fantastic Four's universe. Sorry to break it you, Marvel fans, but Reed Richards and the rest of the gang aren't coming home anytime soon...
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