Marvel Studios seems to have it all – big actors, successful movies, and arguably some of the best superhero movies hitting the box office. What they don’t have, however, is the rights to superteams Fantastic Four and the X-Men. And Stan Lee wants that to change.
Having managed to cut a deal with Sony to bring Spider-Man back into the fold, leading many to speculate that a similar deal could be made with 20th Century Fox.
While Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has denied this on many occasions (most recently after the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2), comicbook legend Stan Lee is still very optimistic that all the Marvel characters will find their way home eventually – even stating that Marvel is actively working on achieving that.
At Wizard World Nashville, Lee said: “Sooner or later, they’re going to get the rights back to all our characters […] They’re working on it, and they’re still making X-Men movies and stuff. Don’t worry about it. You’ll get more Marvel superheroes than you’ll have time to look at in the next few years.”
This could just be wishful thinking on Lee’s part, especially on the X-Men franchise, given that they have a lot of films lined up for the next few years, including: Deadpool 2, X-Men: The New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, X-Force and Gambit. So, it’s highly unlikely that they won’t be giving up their money-maker any time soon.
And with Fantastic Four, Fox are making them as quickly as they flop. After the complete failure of the last FF reboot, many believed that this would see Reed Richards and company heading back to Marvel – but, not to be beaten by terrible reviews and low box office returns, Fox has since announced a Doctor Doom solo movie, as well as a possible child-friendly reboot of the franchise.
Come on Fox, give the rights back to Marvel, where something good can come of the franchises. Are you really going to deny Stan Lee?