On the weekend at D23, there was a statue of Thanos surrounded by four shrouded figures, and the assumption a lot of fans started making was that these four represented a very significant quartet in the annals of Marvel Comics: the Fantastic Four. That was shot down quickly when the shrouds were lifted to reveal four members of the Black Order, Thanos’ henchmen for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, but the hopes of fans remain high that after three underwhelming FF movies produced by 20th Century Fox, Marvel’s First Family might finally be coming home. Well, Kevin Feige‘s got some cold water to throw on you.
“I’ve been at Marvel for 17 years… There are certainly no plans whatsoever for that,” the head of Marvel Studios said. “But too many amazing things have happened over the past 17 years for me ever say never. But for now, nothing.”
This will surely be disappointing to those that hoped that the success of Marvel and Sony’s partnership on Spider-Man: Homecoming might have pointed the way to getting the Fantastic Four under the Marvel Cinematic Universe umbrella. But there’s a lot of bad blood between Marvel and Fox to overcome, the same bad blood that prompted Marvel Comics to cancel the Fantastic Four comics a couple of years ago. It’s also seemed like Marvel has purposefully been sabotaging the FF on purpose, but whether that was to twist Fox’s arm to get the rights back, or just to stick it Fox out of spite is an interesting question.
In the meantime, Fox is reportedly proceeding with its third attempt at a Fantastic Four franchise, which supposedly will focus on the kids of Mr Fantastic and the Invisible Woman along with their uncles, the Human Torch and the Thing, in attempt to create a kid-friendly Fantastic Four reboot. Nothing has officially been reported though, and it remains to be seen if this is just an attempt by Fox to hold on to the rights by having *something* in development. Time will tell.
For now though, don’t expect Marvel to announce the surprise return of the Fantastic Four to Marvel at their San Diego Comic Con presentation on Saturday night.
Source: Cinema Blend