Yes, you read the title right (insert your angry comments below). The failure is not a victory for the Comicbook movie genre, or the viewers of that specific genre, and I am here to tell you why.
The relationship between Fox and MarvelMany claim the best thing Fox could do is either just give the rights back to Marvel or make a deal simular deal to what Sony did, after the failure of The Amazing Spiderman 2. I have some bad news for you if you are one of those people. If you think that way, you are either very naive, or don’t have much knowledge about the whole situation.
Unlike Sony, the relationship between Fox and Marvel is far from good. The bad blood started when Marvel wanted to let them extend the Daredevil rights, in exchange for Galactus and Silver Surfer, If you want to read about Marvel wanting to do this trade you have a link to it here – http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Fox-Doesn-t-Want-Give-Up-Galactus-Marvel-Studios-Get-Daredevil-Back-32338.html
Further more, last year a controversial comic of the marvel charachter The Punisher came out. Why did it end up as a controversial comic? Well, Marvel apparently wanted to show the fans that they did not want to be a part of this incarnation of their first family. To show that they had the cast blown up in the controversial issue of Punisher. The comic strip that you see above is from that issue of Punisher.
If you need further proof of the bad blood between Fox I need to ask you this. There was Spiderman merchandise even when Spidey was not avaible to have in the MCU. Where is the merchandise for The X-men movies?
Speaking of Marvel’s mutants, down in 2003, there was a lawsuit going on between Marvel Comics and Fox that is called the Mutant X lawsuit. This certain lawsuit is something that is said to be nothing good to the already bad blood between them
You have an article here if you are intrested in reading more about the topic.
The finacial status of Fox
Fox fiancial status, is far from that which Sony has. Last year 20 Century Fox broke boxoffice record (which is now broken by Unverisal, do to Jurassic World and Furious Seven)
Last year Rupert Murdock tried to buy Time Warner for about 80 billion dollars, so that Fox could expand as a company. Something like that would never be possible if they were in finacial trouble.
If you are intrested about that story I have a link for you here:
Sony, on the other hand, did not go so well when the deal was made, and far as i know, they are not doing so well even at this moment http://gaminrealm.com/2013/12/30/sony-79-chance-bankrupt-2-years/
Let me ask you a question: What good would it serve to give up the rights of Fantastic Four, even if it is damaged goods? The only thing that would happen is that one of their biggest rivals at the cinema would get their hands on another IP and they gain nothing in return.
Doue to the bad blood that they have between them, a similar deal like the one they have with Sony will never happen. The whole scenario would just end up like a to many cooks in one kitchen scenario, fighting over how the deal would end up as well how the character should be handle.
Having them sell it is something I would rather not see happening, since they would just get a one time income, while Marvel would get something they can earn money of more than once.
Is there any chances for Fantastic Four to come home?
To answer the question simply: Yes, there is. The first possible scenario is the most obvious one. That is that Fox don’t manage to get the either a sequel (although with how bashed their recent try is, it would suprise me if a sequel would be made) or reboot before the timestamp that their license has. The timestamp of that contract is seven years. So if their next attempt does not get off the ground until it’s to late, Marvel will have the IP of Fantastic Four, as well as the villains and everything that comes with them in 2022.
However, I do think that there is one chance of get for Marvel to get the rights earlier. The same day that Fantastic Four arrived at cinema, a person from Fox confirmed that they had plans of doing a TV-show that would be connected to their X-men universe. There is a catch to that, however. Marvel needs to get their approval if Fox will be able to greenlight it.
Here is the other chance i was talking about. If Fox really wants to do this X-men TV show and perhaps think that they would earn more from it, then they would do with the Fantastic Four IP I could see them make a trade. But that is the only other possiblity I could se happen. If you want to read more about the X-men TV show click this link: http://comicbook.com/2015/08/06/x-men-tv-series-confirmed-in-the-works-at-fox/
Don’t get me wrong. I would love to see The Fantastic Four IP back at Marvel as much as you do, but it is not as easy as you think
A dud is not good for the CBM genre
You thought that the article was going to end after that paragraf? Well, I have one last thing to point out. Before this movie came out, I heard people talk about that they wanted this specific incarnation of Marvel’s first family to fail at the box office. Why? Because they wanted it to bomb so it could go back to Marvel, and as we all know by now, it does not really work that way.
There has been talk for years about when the era of the comic book movies will end. Some said that it would end before Batman Begins, other would say that it would end after The Avengers. But right now it looks like Comic book movies are here to stay.
However, there is something that can stop it. And that is bad comicbook movies. And how do you think a comic book movie that is said to be the worst genre ever (even worse then cbms like Batman & Robin, Steel, or Spirit) will do for this era? One dud will not kill the comicbookgenre. But remeber this is the second dud in two years, the first being The Amazing Spiderman 2 even if it was not as panned.
If we get one more dud, who knows?. Perhaps it kills the cbm era, perhaps not. So you who celebrate the failure of Fantastic Four should perhaps think the situation over and hope for the best for every comic book movie, no matter the studio doing it.
That was all from me, for this time. Hope you enjoyed the read and have a good day.