Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe happened, superhero movies were anything but a sure thing. Knowing this, Marvel decided to sell rights of certain characters to certain studios. This is how we got the Blade Trilogy, Spider-Man quintet, the X-Men Saga, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and of course, the Fantastic Four films. However, unlike many of those films, the Fantastic Four has suffered the most because of the rights not being with Marvel. So much so that Marvel cancelled the ongoing comic, which was the longest running comic in the Marvel comics franchise.
One of the writers of one of the greatest arcs of the recent Fantastic Four comics, Jonathan Hickman has told Newsarama that the rumors of Marvel canceling the comic because of the comic was true:
“I think it’s pretty common knowledge at this point that Marvel isn’t publishing Fantastic Four because of their disagreement with Fox,” he said. “While it bums me out, I completely understand because, well, it isn’t like they’re not acting out of cause. Fox needs to do a better job there.”
However, he also said that Marvel was wrong to think that the Fantastic Four didn’t matter as characters anymore:
“Family, future, and exploration are timeless, universal concepts. Sure, they can be nostalgic, but they don’t have to be,” he said. “That’s really the brilliance of a lot of the early Marvel characters, they were created by guys wrapping both arms around timeless themes.”
Now, in the comics, The Thing and Johnny Storm are still a part of the universe. One is with the Avengers, and the other was a Guardian of the Galaxy before coming an agent of Shield. Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman are in the multiverse restoring the balance that was lost during the Secret Wars event.