Variety has more details, but the short version is that the film rights to X-Men, Fantastic Four, and their related characters now go to Disney (who owns Marvel comics). The price tag? Just $71.3 Billion. No big deal.
Let the wild speculation begin! Doctor Doom as the next “Big Bad?” Magneto? Galactus?
Personally, I’m just holding out for a Firefly/Serenity ride at Disneyland (“Oh God, oh God, We’re All Gonna Die: The Ride”). Fingers crossed.
The latest episode of Make Me Watch It featured Jon M. Wilson and myself discussing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This week, Jon and Michael Kaiser invited me to join them for Make Our Marvel to discuss Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. You can listen to the episode here.
Variety reports that the cast of the 2015 Fantastic Four reboot is largely in place. (Schedules need to be sorted out.) They are looking at Miles Teller for Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as the Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell as the Thing and Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch. I’m not familiar with any of their work, so I won’t comment on that aspect. The only concern I have is that it no longer appears that Sue and Johnny are siblings. I question how the relationship dynamics will play out, and if they will feel like the Fantastic Four to me. Michael B. Jordan was the first person cast in the role, so I would have expected them to cast Sue Storm to match.
The New York Times is reporting (no registration required) that the heirs of Jack Kirby have sent notices of Copyright Termination to Marvel, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and others to regain the rights to various characters Kirby created or helped create, including The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Avengers (or those members of the roster that Kirby drew). Continue reading →