Famously Marvel Studios doesn’t own all its properties as Sony and Fox still have the rights to the “Spider-Man” and “X-Men”/”Fantastic Four” franchises respectively.
Then the unexpected happened – Marvel and Sony came to a deal over Spider-Man which would see Marvel Studios have creative control of the projects which would still remain Sony films. The deal allowed Spider-Man to appear as a character in “Captain America: Civil War” and will allow MCU characters to show up in next year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” film.
The character’s appearance in ‘Civil War’ was a big success, a stark contrast to last year’s “Fantastic Four” reboot which failed badly and the recent “X-Men: Apocalypse” which made money but was a critical bomb. Having seen the impact on Sony, could Fox now be considering a similar arrangement?
“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds, that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel.”
The rumor comes at an interesting time for Fox’s Marvel properties. The only way an audience might warm to another “Fantastic Four” would be if it got the Marvel seal of approval at this point. The “X-Men” franchise meanwhile is on the verge of splintering into numerous spin-off films in the wake of the success of “Deadpool”. Where will all this go? It’s a wait and see for now.