We’ve been hearing rumors for a little while now about how Marvel wasn’t happy with Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot (of which I’m in agreement) to the point where Marvel is so pissed off that they’re not giving the film any promotion whatsoever, with a source telling comics website Bleeding Cool that Marvel has pulled all Fantastic Four art down at their offices and going as far as not featuring the team on any of the company’s 75th anniversary project artwork.
Not only THAT, but now there’s word that the actual comic book itself – one of Marvel’s longest-running – will be cancelled as well. And apparently, that is officially what has happened as Bleeding Cool posted this blurb from Marvel bookstore distributor Hachette about the upcoming final installments (that includes a triple-sized final issue):
THE END IS FOUREVER! Witness the closing act on the First Family of the Marvel Universe! THE INVADERS meet the FANTASTIC FOUR as the hunt for REED RICHARDS and the missing kids of the FUTURE FOUNDATION continues. Meanwhile the mastermind behind everything unveils his ultimate plan. But how does FRANKLIN RICHARDS factor in? And how does this all lead to…The END?! Collecting FANTASTIC FOUR #642-644 and the Triple Sized Final Issue 645!
Combine that with the latest reports that Diamond Toys has been told they can’t make anymore licensed FF merchandise, and art boutique Mondo’s revelation that when it comes to anything FF-related, “Marvel straight up rejected it. No reason. They just said no to anything Fantastic Four in general,” and it’s not a pretty picture for the foursome.
This whole thing makes me sad. Here’s hoping that the fans at the upcoming New York Comic-Con (where the official announcement on the FF comic finale will be made) step up and ask WHY this is happening (other than the boilerplate reasoning of “creative concerns”)…but I doubt they’ll get anything even CLOSE to a straight answer.
Mike Sampson of Screencrush has a great outlook on this, saying “Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter might be petty, but he’s not stupid. Fantastic Four is easy to cancel because sales of the book have been lagging over the past few years. Marvel will surely cancel the book in advance of the movie, and once the film comes and goes from movie theaters, reintroduce the superhero team with a big relaunch that would hopefully boost lagging sales. It’s all very convenient and cunning, in a Lord Business sorta way.”
Gotta say I agree with the guy on this one. When it comes to good vs. evil, the almighty dollar is usually the catalyst and the gas that makes the warmachine/peacemakers run, right?
Are you a Fantastic Four fan? I’d LOVE to know what you think of all this drama!
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