While Marvel Studios has regained rights to many of their key properties, or has come to a deal with others that own them such as Sony Pictures, there are two notable holdouts they don’t have – “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four”.
20th Century Fox currently has the rights to both franchises, and with the success of “Logan” this year and no less than three “X-Men” universe-set films on the way in 2018 (along with next month’s TV show “The Gifted), there’s no signs of Fox giving up that franchise anytime soon.
The fate of “Fantastic Four” remains more uncertain. The studio has to make another one in the next few years to hold onto the property, but following the lackluster reception of the most recent reboot – we’ll see if they care too.
Now the man who created many of Marvel’s franchises, Stan Lee, popped up at Wizard World Nashville on the weekend and revealed that he believes Marvel is currently working on regaining the rights to both franchises:
“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.”
Lee has no direct involvement in Marvel’s day to day operations, but he is a beloved figurehead for the company and recently revealed he’s already shot his cameos for five more Marvel films on the way in coming months.