Spider-Man: Homecoming is just days away from its theatrical release. The film represents one of the greatest coups in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a savvy partnership between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. In the midst of all this fanfare, the endless standoff between Marvel and 20th Century Fox is going to even more ridiculous depths.
Marvel is still being pissy because Fox won’t give up the licenses for the X-Men and Fantastic Four. And for whatever reason, the Fox head honchos aren’t on board with some sort of Sony like deal that would allow the characters to be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means Marvel’s snow job on the X-Men and Fantastic Four continues. Despite Marvel’s big legacy focused event Generations, there’s no mention of the Fantastic Four — Marvel’s first family — reuniting under a new comic.
Kevin Feige reiterated there’s little hope for the Fantastic Four coming under the Marvel Studios banner. Fox continues to botch the Fantastic Four so an alliance or outright sale of the FF license to Marvel would be best for everyone. Longtime comic fans
The insanity is now carrying over to Marvel partners. Marvel vs. Capcom producer Michael Evans took a big gulp of the Kool-Aid. In an interview with Gamespot, Evans said gamers probably don’t even know the X-Men as an explanation for their omission from Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
‘We talked with Marvel very closely about their future roadmap, about what’s gonna be happening. Your modern Marvel fan, maybe they don’t even remember some of the X-Men characters, but they know some of the Guardians characters or Black Panther. You know what I mean? Captain Marvel may seem like a strange pick, but she’s fantastic. She fits the gameplay. She fits the story, and they’re gonna be really pushing her as a strong female lead all the way up into the movie. We’re trying to take everything into account and choose the best characters.’
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So yes, blame all the millennials and kids who don’t read comic books for the X-Men missing the cut in the game. Not sure about y’all, but the lack of Cyclops and Wolverine suddenly makes this game a lot less appealing.
The Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer are also getting turfed from Marvel Heroes. Publisher Gazillion said in a statement ‘under Gazillion’s renewed licensing agreement, we do not have the rights to continue selling these characters moving forward.’ The levels of petty are so incredibly high. It feels more like the millionaires just want to get their way, but the people who are really getting screwed are the fans of these characters.
Marvel has continued to take a questionable approach with any character not under the Marvel Studios umbrella. Efforts to place the Inhumans as this generation’s X-Men have largely failed and there is a huge FF sized vacuum in Marvel these days.
Fortunately, Hasbro is exempt from all this foolishness. The Marvel Legends line just released an Invisible Woman with a Human Torch in the works and the first two X-Men waves have been very popular.
I’m starting to lose hope that Marvel and Fox can ever find some common ground. If for no other reason than to stop screwing over the fan base who want nothing to do with this petty turf war in the first place.