Four hours ago... it happened.
Variety has reported that FOX and Marvel Studios are doing what every fanboy has been dreaming of... working together. The relationship between the two studios has, at best, been described as tumultuous, with FOX holding the rights to the X-Men franchise, as well as Fantastic Four, and all associated characters, including - but not limited to - Deadpool, Galactus, Doctor Doom, and Silver Surfer among others.
After the trainwreck that was known as this year's reboot of Fantastic Four - starring Michael B. Jordon and Kate Mara's hideous wig - many have been clamoring for Marvel to regain the rights back to Fantastic Four in any way possible and now it seems that something may open up that possibility even more so now!
It has been revealed that because of their working agreement, FOX and Marvel have decided to bring a Hellfire Club television show to FOX while the FX Network will receive a show revolving around the mutant son of Professor Xavier, Legion. Bryan Singer - the man responsible for bringing the X-Men to the big screen in 2000 - will serve as executive producer for both shows. Noah Hawley, the creator of the television adaptation of Fargo, will be writing and producing for Legion... while it is being said that other executive producers for Hellfire will be Manny Coto, Evan Katz, Jim Chory, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Head of TV). JD Payne and Patrick McKay are being said to be the ones who will be penning the pilot with the aforementioned Katz and Coto - of 24 fame - acting as showrunners for Hellfire.
Hellfire is being said to center around a special agent who crosses paths with a "power-hungry woman" (hmmm, Emma Frost?) working with a wealthy society hell-bent on taking over the world. Legion will obviously center around the character of David Haller who - after being diagnosed as a troubled schizophrenic - quickly learns that the voices in his head and the visions that he sees may actually be real. Given the gritty nature of the FX Network, many can fully expect dark and mature content in regards to Legion... and given the sometimes-risque and adult nature of shows such as Gotham, Scream Queens, and Sleepy Hollow on FOX, it's safe to assume that the network won't be shying away from the corsets and garter belts that helped make the ladies of the Hellfire Club stand out.
As a huge fan of Emma Frost (aka, the Hellfire Club's White Queen), and the fact that - much like X-Men: First Class - the club will be set in the 1960s, I can't express how happy I am that Emma may finally get a shot at small-screen redemption after Finola Hughes portrayal of the character in the cult-favorite Generation-X. pilot.
Considering this is most likely going to be set in the X-Men cinematic universe, it should be interesting to see if Azazel and Riptide will be joining the Hellfire cast as they were members in First Class. It also stands to reason that some of the actors from First Class might be returning to reprise their roles... such as Kevin Bacon (Sebastian Shaw) and January Jones (Emma).
MORE IMPORTANTLY, if Marvel Studios was willing to work with FOX in bringing more X-Men into existence through television media, and with Singer at the helm it does suggest that both shows shall exist within the continuity he has built and not the MCU, that leaves the big question as... what exactly did MARVEL get in return?
Here's to hoping Marvel got back the rights to Fantastic Four and not just Kate Mara's wig.