Over the weekend several stories popped up on Bleeding Cool that said Marvel would be canceling all Fantastic Four comics and erasing the characters from official promotion just to spite Fox over them having the film rights. Naturally conspiracy theorists latched on to these stories and used them as proof that Marvel was trying to screw over Fox out of spite, and Rob Liefeld rode the coattails of viral panic to hatch his own crazy theory regarding X-Men toys on Twitter.
Today Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort tried to squash the rumors once and for all on his Tumblr:
Is Marvel really cancelling Fantastic Four and not putting them in their 75th anniversary?
Plenty of questions about this, many belligerent ones mostly from anonymous posters.
So let me reiterate: Iâ€™m going to give priority to answering questions that come from an account with a name. And the belligerent questions just get trashed either way.
Anyway, thereâ€™s a lot of fear and crazy going on out in the world as people jump to conclusions and work themselves up into a lather. It was a good weekend for those that profit from such things, I expect.
We are publishing FANTASTIC FOUR. Next month, we will be publishing FANTASTIC FOUR. A year from now, assuming that itâ€™s still selling well, we will be publishing FANTASTIC FOUR. Given enough time, anything can happenâ€”we went a couple of years, for example, without a THOR series, as well as a year and a half with FF, AVENGERS, CAP and IRON MAN not being a part of the Marvel Universe. So anything can happen. But it probably wonâ€™t.
And for the couple of folks who punctuated their complaints by saying that they were dropping all of their Marvel books, and switching over to DCâ€”well, first off, you must think that Iâ€™m a very simple man. But you can, as always, do with your time and money as you will. I will point out that if the purpose of your endeavor is to insure the continuation of FANTASTIC FOUR, then perhaps buying MORE FANTASTIC FOUR would be in better service to that goal than buying less. Just a thought.
Oh, and James Robinson sent me notes for the 75th Anniversary Special story that he is doing this morning. And as youâ€™d expect, the Fantastic Four are at the core of it.
As part of the catalyst for these rumors was the claim that Marvel’s 75th Anniversary Special won’t feature their first family in any way, I think the confirmation that Robinson is writing a FF story for it is a pretty final nail in the coffin for this rumor.