fantastic four cancellation conspiracy

As fans patiently wait for something, anything official about Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, we start to focus on other things. Like the new origin of Doctor Doom. Or the fact Marvel Comics cancelled all Fantastic Four comics and has been generally touchy with the characters for the last few years.

The prevailing thought was that Marvel Comics canceled the FF comics on purpose to spite the people who were making the film. That they didn’t want to help promote the film at all for 20th Century Fox, which will be releasing the new movie and handles the rights. Extreme conspiracy theorists wondered if canceling the comics would hurt the film, Fox would give up the rights, and the Fantastic Four could magically jump into Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Turns out, as you might have expected, that’s 100% not the case. The Chairman and CEO of Fox, Jim Gianopulos, said as much in a recent interview and you can read his quotes about the Fantastic Four cancellation conspiracy below.
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Come on, admit it. Sometime after Marvel Studios announced their full Phase Three schedule, you thought, “What could they do next?” How do you follow up an Infinity War? Especially one that is presented in two parts? And that’s just the one studio. Sony, Fox, and Warner Bros. all have dozens of movies scheduled for release in the next five or six years. You can look at the entire schedule at this link.

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A new report indicates Schumacher is writing a Batman and Robin sequel, which will be drawn by Dustin Nguyen. The twelve-issue series is based on Batman Triumphant, the never-made third film in the Schumacher Batman trilogy. Hit the jump for more on the Batman and Robin sequel.

UPDATE: Schumacher has denied the Batman and Robin sequel comic reports, as reported by Bleeding Cool.

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The Fantastic Four is finished at Marvel Comics. At least for a while. A new report reveals the company will do a a final story arc called “The End Is Fourever” in 2015, serving as the “closing act” of the long-running comic book series. This happens after rumors began to spread of Marvel shunning the superhero team, and months before a 20th Century Fox reboot is set to hit theaters.

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