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Fans Can't Wait to have the Option to Not Buy Fantastic Four Comics

Written by SuperginraiX on Friday, December 15 2017 and posted in Features

Fans Can't Wait to have the Option to Not Buy Fantastic Four Comics

We're complicated people, ok?

Yesterday, history was made as mega-rich company, Disney, bought a huge chunk out of another mega-rich company, Fox. This acquisition means a lot of things to a lot of people but for comic book fans, it means that Disney (and by that we mean Marvel) has finally gained back most of their comic book properties' movie rights. 21st Century Fox has the movie rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, meaning it might be possible for these franchises to join Marvel's Cinematic Universe some time in the future.

It also means that Marvel's war on the Fantastic Four may soon come to an end.

Because of previous troubles in reacquiring movie rights to Marvel properties from 21st Century Fox, it is widely believed that Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter placed restrictions on the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties. Characters were digitally removed from T-shirts and other merchandising efforts even though Marvel retained merchandising rights for both franchises. The X-Men's comic book presence was minimized as Marvel tried their best to replace the books with the Inhumans (that... didn't work). The Fantastic Four comic was cancelled in 2015 and most of the cast was retired after the 2015-16 Secret Wars event.

That retirement could be reversed soon and that has fans excited.

"I am excited about the idea of Marvel releasing Fantastic Four comics again!" exclaimed Malcolm Warner of Chicago, IL. "I don't plan on reading it but, man, it would be great to see it for the people who want it!"

Whatta Revoltin' Development

The Fantastic Four was first published in 1961. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the comic heralded the Marvel Age of Comics. Featuring a quartet of adventurers who were more family than team, the Fantastic Four broke many genre conventions. The FF bickered their way through their adventures and faced real world problems like bankruptsy and that time the Thing time travelled to the Golden Age of Piracy and became legendary pirate, Black Beard.

"It's really about time the Fantastic Four got a comic again," proclaimed Larry Ignacious of New Haven, CT. "It's a cherished comic book property with great historical value. I remember reading a few issues of Mark Waid's run and I have the first three comics in Jonathan Hickman's run. Oh, and the first issue of his FF series. I think I could get through at least the first issue of a relaunch before never reading the title again."

Guess who's back?  Back again?

In the sixties, the Fantastic Four comic was instrumental in establishing the look and tone of the burgeoning Marvel Universe. Lee and Kirby colaborated on the first 102 issues on the book, creating Marvel mainstays like Galactus the World Devourer, Black Panther and his nation of Wakanda, the alien Skrull Empire and their eternal adversaries the Kree, Doctor Doom and his nation of Latveria, and many other celebrated aspects of the Marvel Universe.

"I think having a Fantastic Four comic is important," declared Charles Rambeau of Salt Lake City, UT. "I've never read it, myself. It seems a little old fashioned and corny for my tastes. Like a comic book version of Lost in Space. But it should definitely be on the stands."

Like, can Reed stretch everything?  Like, EVERYTHING?

The Fantastic Four introduced Ben Grimm, the Ever Lovin' Blue Eyed Thing, to the comic book realm. His monstrous appearance would have typically designated him a villain, especially in the monster era of comics that preceded the FF's release, but in making him a hero, the Fantastic Four broke convention and created a memorable Marvel character whose colorful personality became the archetype for future heroes like Hawkeye and Wolverine.

"Wait, they stopped making Fantastic Four comics?" questioned William Jackman of Corvallis, OR. "When was that? I haven't paid attention to that comic since J. M. Straczynski tried three of four times to justify Reed Richards pro-Initiative stance during Civil War. It was pretty painful. No, I don't think I could go back to that comic after that. I'm glad they finally cancelled it."

Oh, yeah.  Fantastic Four during Civil War SUCKED.

With no reason to maintain a feud against the Fantastic Four, it is quite likely that Ike Perlmutter will allow his trusty band of yesmen to once again publish a Fantastic Four comic. But it's also likely that you won't read it. Because no one reads Fantastic Four.

Yes, even the excellent Hickman run.

We're probably joking.  Probably.


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About the Author - SuperginraiX

SuperginraiX is the biggest sap on The Outhousers' payroll (wait, we get paid?). He reads every issue of every crappy Marvel crossover so you don't have to. Whats worse is that he pays for his books, thus condoning Marvel's behavior. If The Outhouse cared for his well being at all, they'd try and get him into some sort of rehab center. But, alas, none of us even know how to say his name. For a good time, ask Super why Captian America jumped off the Helicarrier in Fear Itself. Super lives in the frozen wastland that is Minnesota with 15% of the state's population living under his roof: a wife he makes wear an Optimus Prime mask, two gremlins, and his mother-in-law.


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