Hey Marvel, Fox will trade you a destroyer of worlds and his silver-skinned herald for your man without fear. Not that long ago, I wrote about the interesting situation Marvel Comics finds itself in with film rights.
Some of its most popular characters are licensed to other studios. Those companies can’t sit on the projects forever. There are deadlines they have to meet to keep the rights. That’s one of the reasons Sony is telling us Spider-Man’s origin again. Fox is right up against an October 10 deadline to start filming Daredevil or risk losing the rights.
That deadline is nearly impossible for Fox to meet. Its Daredevil movie doesn’t even have a director right now. Variety reports that Marvel has made an unheard of offer to Fox: an extension to finish Daredevil in exchange for the use of some characters from Fantastic Four. Marvel reportedly is interested in bringing planet-eating villain Galactus and his herald, the Silver Surfer, back into its fold. That makes sense, as Marvel is working on a Guardians of the Galaxy movie. They’re like an outer space version of The Avengers, who are just coming off a huge hit movie. The studio set the stage for cosmic scale stories in a post credit villain cameo in “The Avengers.”
You can’t throw just any bad guy against such a superteam. Galactus and the Silver Surfer have starred in some of Marvel’s greatest stories. Fox tried to tell their origin in 2007′s “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” That movie was so disappointing it sparked a complete reboot of the FF at Fox. The Surfer and Galactus are far from household names, but Marvel would love to change that.
Fox is denying any such deal is even being discussed. If it’s true, it could provide a template for how these studios can work around the licensing problems.