Yesterday, we reported that the Marvel temper tantrum that resulted in the cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic book series’ was no more than the internet’s best way to avoid blaming itself. Rather than accepting that low sales killed FF, many fans are blaming Marvel’s decision to pull the plug on the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. If these fans are to be believed, Marvel is actively trying to sabotage the film’s success by removing any products that they consider advertising for the 20th Century Fox reboot. This notion seemed completely ridiculous and implausible, considering the fact that Marvel really has nothing to fear from any other studio at this point. Well, as much as I hate to think it, we just received some news that lends more credibility to rumor.
Bleeding Cool has released some audio of Chris Claremont (The Dark Phoenix Saga, Days of Future Past) from this year’s Phoenix Comicon and pointed out some interesting tidbits from the almost hours’ worth of audio. Specifically, Claremont addresses the question of creating new characters for Marvel.
I have to say quite honestly as I understand it now the X department is forbidden to create new characters.
This is a new one to us. While the Fantastic Four phase out was reported by hundreds of news outlets, this little bit of information regarding the X-Men is completely out of the blue. So, what is Claremont’s reasoning behind this embargo on new X-Characters?
Well… who owns them?
All because all new characters become the film property of Fox.
Ugh. If this is true, and I am still holding out hope that it’s not, Marvel is being ridiculous. Worse, they are punishing the fans that have been there with them all along – those of us that grew up reading and loving Fantastic Four and X-Men before Hugh Jackman was even in the acting game, much less a household name; those of us that read each issue of Secret Wars so many times that the pages were on the verge of disintegration; those of us that stuck with Marvel through the tough times that led them to selling of their movie rights in the first place. If this is honestly true, Marvel is acting like a spoiled child who takes their toys home from the playground once the other kids get there, just so he doesn’t have to share.
As we mentioned yesterday, in addition to killing the Fantastic Four comic book series’, Marvel has also pulled the plug on the All New X-Factor comic book series, which is written by Peter David. Mr. David’s reaction to the cancellation was to place the blame solely on fans who were not supporting the book by purchasing the physical copies as they hit the stands. He did not appear to have any sort of knowledge or inside information that would lead anyone to believe that the cancellation had anything to do with 20th Century Fox. In light of this new Claremont information, we reached out to Mr. David to see if his position stands. Unfortunately, he could not be reached for comment.
So, what does this mean for fans of the X-Men comic book? Well, sales of the series are too high to pull the plug and Marvel would be insane to kill their most profitable title. However, there may be fewer Wolvies on the shelves for Christmas.
There will be no X-Men merchandising for the foreseeable future because, why promote Fox material?
As much as I would like to shoot this rumor down and laugh it off, the fact is that the rumor is gaining traction and Marvel is remaining mum when it comes to addressing the issue. What do you think? Is Marvel becoming that spoiled kid or is this all rumor and conjecture? Do you still plan on seeing the Fantastic Four reboot, regardless of a tie-in comic book series?