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Marvel & 20th Century Fox Get Our Hopes Up For A Major League Character Trade

Recently the rumor mill churned out some details regarding a potential 20th Century Fox and Marvel character rights swap in the works. Fox, which currently owns part of Daredevil, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four, has until October 10th to reboot Daredevil, lest the licences revert back to Marvel — unless, that is, Fox chairman Tom Rothman can convince Marvel to allow the Man Without Fear to stay with Fox past the deadline in exchange for  the rights to use characters from the Fantastic Four universe, including the world-eating supervillain Galactus, rumored to play a key role in future Marvel films.

According to Showbiz, Fox has been in talks with Joe Carnahan (The Grey, Smokin’ Aces) to direct a “Frank Miller-esque, hardcore 70s thriller” version of Matt Murdoch and his adventures as Daredevil, which sounds awesome, and frankly, like a huge improvement over the 2003 iteration of Matt starring Ben Affleck. However, in order to pursue their reboot, they would need an extension on their Oct. 10th cutoff date, after which the property reverts to Marvel. In exchange for this extension, Marvel would receive the rights to use Fantastic Four characters, namely Galactus and the Silver Surfer, his herald.

However, another rumor has popped up that this deal won’t be going through after all, mainly because Fox isn’t too keen on rebooting Daredevil without more financial assistance, especially if it means losing the rights to some pretty iconic characters: ”Those insiders said that with Josh Trank aboard to direct, ‘Fantastic Four’ is a big priority and the studio would be crazy to give away a cornerstone villain. Especially when the studio is very lukewarm about rebooting Daredevil,” reports Deadline. “While Joe Carnahan has come to the studio with a take, it sounds like Fox is ready to let it revert to Disney-owned Marvel, unless Disney is interested in co-financing.”

Unfortunately, this means we won’t be getting to see a good Fantastic Four film, nor will we be seeing a Daredevil remake until after 2015, when Marvel wraps up its post-Avengers movie craze. I wasn’t exactly a fan of the original Daredevil, but I love the style of director Joe Carnahan, and a dark, Miller-esque reboot of the film sounds just fine to me. Furthermore, even if Fox does bust out the Fantastic Four franchise for a remake, they left a lot to be desired last time, and I’d rather have Marvel do it — who wouldn’t love to see the Thing duke it out with The Hulk in an Avengers film, or Galactus battle Thanos for galactic supremacy, leaving disastrous consequences for everyone in their path?

What would you like to see? A Fox Fantastic Four film, or Fox rebooting Daredevil and letting Galactus and the Silver Surfer revert to Marvel?

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  • Alana Beltzer

    I want to see Reed and Tony butt heads!

  • John Wao

    IMO Galactus and Silver Surfer alone are meaningless without the FF.

    I would keep Daredevil. At least you could recapture his entire universe: Electra, Bullseye, Kingpin, The Hand, et. al.

  • Travis Kyle Fischer

    Daredevil doesn’t really fit in with the Marvel Movieverse. Without Spider-Man, he barely fits in with the Marvel Comicverse.

    Galactus and the Surfer are much more necessary if Marvel’s going to keep going in the cosmic direction.

  • Captain ZADL

    They could always do Korvac, who ties into the Guardians of the Galaxy nicely.

  • Ali Miller

    Disagree entirely. Daredevil needs to go to Marvel. The fact that Fox is “lukewarm” says it all. They really don’t know what to do with the character; all we’d get is another disappointing, misguided movie. A “hardcore Frank Miller 70s thriller” is not what the cinematic Daredevil needs. He needs someone to actually bother pulling from the fantastic, Eisner-award-winning recent comic arcs by Bendis, Brubaker, and now Mark Waid. 

    That, or get someone with the guts to attempt Born Again – which would be unlike any other superhero film on the market. (Yes, Born Again is Frank Miller, but it’s not his usual schtick; it’s a complete psychological breakdown of Matt Murdock, and one of the finest Marvel hero arcs of all time.)Um, so perhaps my fondness for the character is showing overmuch, but really. I’m fed up with DD being mishandled and/or kicked to the curb. He deserves better! And at this point, I only trust Marvel to get him right. Yeah, he wouldn’t have much to do in the Avengers universe, but he doesn’t involve himself with that stuff in the comics much, either. He just sticks to his corner of the world in Hell’s Kitchen. :]

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  • Claudia

    I don’t really care about who owns the right to what. I just wanna watch good movies and hope a FF reboot has a better cast than the previous 2 movies. Alba and McMahon were horrible miscast. I’m willing to give FOX the benefit of the doubt. It seems like they have taken a different approach since XMFC and Rise of The Planet of the Apes. And I really liked ‘Chronicle’, so I’m excited to see what Josh Trank will do with the FF.

  • Christopher LaHaise

    I want all the rights to revert to Marvel, myself.  Because they make good movies.

  • Aaron Treat

    It’s an absolute crime that Marvel has lost control of so many important characters. Marvel should get them all back and we could finally have a integrated Marvel movie universe. FREE MARVEL CHARACTERS FROM THE TYRANNY AND OPPRESSION OF FOX AND SONY!!!

  • Thomas

    Disney just needs to pony up and buy back all of Marvel’s character rights. They’ve made nothing but great movies so far (minus maybe The Incredible Hulk, which wasn’t terrible). Crossovers galore!