Who Will Marvel Leave Out Of Their 80th Anniversary Issue?

Marvel did it before, they will do it again. Today in my inbox I got a press release from Marvel, pushing their 80th anniversary. Of course, when I read this, […]

Marvel did it before, they will do it again.

Today in my inbox I got a press release from Marvel, pushing their 80th anniversary. Of course, when I read this, all I can do is wonder, who will Marvel f**k over this time?

What am I talking about?

Let’s go back 5 years when Marvel had their 75th-anniversary issue. At the time 20th Century Fox had the film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four. This meant these 2 properties could not be used in the Marvel Cinematic Movies. And this pissed Marvel, and Disney, off to no end!

So in relation, and to prove how petty Marvel really is, they canceled the Fantastic Four book and limited the number of X-Men books. But why would Marvel stop there? Marvel and Disney stopped licensing these character, even down to a point where reprints of comic book covers that appeared on other merchandise, like a shirt, had characters digitally removed. Personally, I see that as a bitch move. 

When Marvel was putting out the 75th-anniversary issue, there are stories from multiple writers and artists, not to include the Fantastic Four and X-Men. These same creators were also told not to create any new characters that would be considered in these camps. 

Like I said, a bitch move.

So now with the 80th anniversary, I can’t help but wonder who will be left out this time around. 

In racking my brain, the only characters I could come up with were the ones that are currently at Netflix: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and the Punisher. This makes me nervous because even though the shows have been canceled, technically  Netflix still has the rights. Marvel won’t get them back until 2020. So we won’t see these characters in any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films or any new TV shows until then. 

Could Marvel and Disney actually be that petty again? Damn straight they can be! Will they is another question. 

Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

About Brian Isaacs - Executive Editor / Publisher

An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.