Recently it was announced that Fox is preparing not one, but two new television series based on Marvel Comics’ X-Men stable of characters.
One is Hellfire, based on the villains that appeared in X-Men: First Class known as the Hellfire Club. The leader is Sebastian Shaw (played by Kevin Bacon in the movie, which makes me wonder if he’s willing to reprise the role since his last television series, The Following, was cancelled a year or two ago).
Though my question is, what is Marvel Studios getting? While Fox has the license to the X-Men characters in movies, they don’t in reference to television, so what did Fox do Marvel that enticed them to change their mind (especially since it’s entirely possible that one of the new series will be up against competing Marvel shows on ABC like Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s Agent Carter or upcoming series like Damage Control).
I haven’t seen anything that definitely proves this (yet) though I get the feeling that we might be hearing an announcement from Marvel Studios some time in the near future about the fate of the Fantastic Four (and the stable of characters connected to them).
The last time I mentioned this it was in reference to Marvel producing a comic based on the Silver Surfer–they have a tendency to cancel books that revolve around characters that they don’t have the rights to–so producing a new book based on a character that’s part of the Fantastic Four universe to me indicates a sea change of sorts.
And now two new television shows based on X-Men characters–which I am reasonably certain Marvel isn’t allowing them to do out of the goodness of their hearts–makes me even more confident that the next time we hear about the Fantastic Four, it will be to celebrate their return to Marvel.