Marvel’s television deal with Fox may finally get the Fantastic Four rights returned to them

UPDATE: This rumor has been debunked by 20th Century Fox. They released a statement via Heroic Hollywood saying  that “there was ‘no truth’ to these reports and that the deal did not involve any ‘exchange of characters’. Well I guess everyone can put their party hats away because it looks like the franchise is still with locked down inside a garbage bin.

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First let me start by saying that this is NOT an April fools joke and this is NOT a satire article. With that stated, there were recent reports that Fox will be moving forward with two of their own Marvel television series currently entitled Hellfire and Legion. Hellfire will most likely follow the storyline of the Hellfire Club. This is the short description of the series as reported from Marvel itself.

Set in the late 1960s, the series — which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production — follows a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as “The Hellfire Club” – to take over the world.


The 2nd show that was titled as Legion from Marvel that would be airing on Fox was also described as follows:

The pilot introduces the story of David Haller: Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.


This is huge news since both Marvel and Fox had both been at odds with each other, especially when it came to the utilization of the Marvel characters over at Fox Studios. Fox’s recent movie release of the Fantastic Four reboot was not well received in the theaters and was one of the biggest disappointments for the company. Despite the negative reception along with the backlash from the fans to get Marvel’s first family back into the hands of Marvel, Fox still announced that they would move forward with a sequel amidst the many groans of the fans on this decision.

Fast forward to today while utilizing a quote from Tron: Legacy, “The game has changed”. That’s right, the game has finally changed because according to the sources over at Den of Geek, there was the talk of finally moving all the Fantastic Four rights back to Marvel Studios by 2020. Just like when Sony and Marvel finally agreed to the sharing of the Spider-Man franchise, it looks like Marvel has finally struck a similar deal with Fox. Not only will they get the Fantastic Four rights returned, it also finally means the utilization of two of Marvel’s most prominent foes: Doctor Doom and Galactus, within the MCU.

This sounds like the news that we’ve all finally been waiting for because Marvel holds all the rights to any kind of television series, and this deal with Fox is not something to take lightly. Whatever the case may be, if Marvel and Fox have finally put down their weapons and just started to focus on doing what’s right for the fans, then everyone wins. Fox holds all the X-Men and Deadpool rights and that seems to be fine with Marvel. With this reported re-acquisition of the Fantastic Four rights, this only means that the clock is now ticking within the MCU. Once that counter hits zero, there will only be Doom…


Source: Marvel, Den of Geek, Heroic Hollywood

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