Following the announcement that Marvel Entertainment (Note: Not Studios) and 20th Century Fox were combining forces on two television series’, a rumor hit this morning that with this deal came 20th Century Fox would be returning rights to certain characters to Marvel Studios. Take note of what was pointed out earlier, as this deal occurred between the television division and not the film division. According to the rumor, Fox would be giving up the rights to The Fantastic Four and all of the additional properties that came with it. Following this one I decided to hit up my own sources who told me that there was “no truth” to these reports and that the deal did not involve any “exchange of characters”.
The rumor contradicted everything I’ve been hearing behind the scenes regarding the studio pushing forward with the sequel to Fantastic Four. There are plans in motion that the studio wouldn’t scrap for these particular television properties. The rumor has since been debunked by 20th Century Fox who confirmed to ComicBook.com that “film rights to the Fantastic Four remain at the studio, despite rumors to the contrary”. Don’t always believe the hype. So, what did Marvel gain in this deal? It’s likely this all came down to money and with this arrangement came two more television properties that they can collecting licensing fees from. Let us know what you think about all of this in the comments below.