Did Predator Lawsuit Scupper Marvel Comics Plans?

Last month, Bleeding Cool broke the news that Marvel Comics was pulling its new Predator comic book launch, the variant cover promotional campaign and the Predator Omnibus reprinting the Dark Horse series. No reason was given, the best direction we had was that the new scheduled date of October and November was to make a bigger splash with Penguin Random House.

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Did Predator Lawsuit Scupper Marvel Comics Plans?

But the Hollywood Reporter's splash on the rights to Predator up for grabs as the movie's writers, Jim and John Thomas, are suing Disney to reclaim the rights to Predator from Disney.

"The Thomas brothers are seeking to exploit copyright law's termination provision, which allows authors to cancel transfers after waiting a period of time, typically 35 years, for newer works. According to the complaint, the effective termination date for their screenplay (originally titled "Hunters") is April 17, this Saturday. Jim and John Thomas say they served a termination notice all the way back in 2016 — and for four-and-a-half years heard no objection."

Given that this has been in the works for a while, might this have been a bigger reason for Marvel to pull the planned series? But why didn't Marvel know before?

The other big issue with the Predator variant covers is that the cancellation of those issue may affect the orders of the series to which they are attached – or to the tiered cover qualifications to the issues that they were meant to be attached. Worth retailers checking,,

PREDATOR #1
MARVEL COMICS
APR210821
(W) Ed Brisson (A) Kev Walker (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
HUNT. KILL. REPEAT.
In the near future, a young girl sees her family slaughtered by the deadliest and most feared hunter in the universe: a PREDATOR. Years later, though her ship is barely holding together and food is running short, Theta won't stop stalking the spaceways until the Yautja monster who killed her family is dead…or she is. Ed Brisson (IRON FIST, GHOST RIDER) and Kev Walker (DR. STRANGE, DOCTOR APHRA) forge a violent, heartbreaking, unforgettable new chapter in the PREDATOR saga not to be missed! 40 PGS./Parental AdvisoryIn Shops: Jun 09, 2021 SRP: $4.99

PREDATOR ORIG YRS OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 COELLO CVR (MR)
MARVEL COMICS
JAN210717
(W) Mark Verheiden, More (A) Chris Warner, More (CA) Iban Coello
The hunt begins! As the Predators make their Marvel debut, experience their original comics legacy! Nowhere is safe when the remorseless alien killers stalk the concrete jungle of New York City, leave a trail of death across the American Southwest and ignite the Cold War by landing in Siberia! And did Predators come to Earth during Vietnam and World War I? The hunters make a new enemy in Dutch's brother, Detective John Schaefer; and it's Predator vs. psychotic Predator in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey! And in 1950s Hollywood, only a child with special glasses can see the monster in the midst of Tinseltown! It's total carnage, Predator-style! Collecting PREDATOR (1989) #1-4, PREDATOR 2 #1-2, PREDATOR: BIG GAME #1-4, PREDATOR: COLD WAR #1-4, PREDATOR: THE BLOODY SANDS OF TIME #1-2, PREDATOR: BAD BLOOD #1-4, PREDATOR: INVADERS FROM THE FOURTH DIMENSION, PREDATOR: DARK RIVER #1-4, PREDATOR: STRANGE ROUX and PREDATOR: KINDRED #1-4 – and material from DARK HORSE PRESENTS (1986) #46 and #119; DARK HORSE COMICS #1-2, #4-7, #10-14, #16-18 and #20-21; and A DECADE OF DARK HORSE #1.
Parental Advisory In Shops: Jul 21, 2021 SRP: $125.00

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  • FANTASTIC FOUR 32 SUPERLOG PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210545
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 14 SPROUSE PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210627
  • HEROES REBORN 2 GIST PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210513
  • SPIDER-WOMAN 12 RYP PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210617
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 66 DELL'OTTO PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210615
  • CHAMPIONS 7 RAMOS PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210646
  • DAREDEVIL 30 SIENKIEWICZ PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210632
  • THE MIGHTY VALKYRIES 2 JUNGGEUN YOON PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210569
  • WOLVERINE 12 HOTZ PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210596
  • BLACK WIDOW 7 ANDOLFO PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210630
  • MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN 26 DE LULIS PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210622
  • X-MEN 20 STOKOE PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) MAR210600
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  • CAPTAIN AMERICA 30 COELLO PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) APR210915
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL 29 NORD PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) APR210910
  • THOR 15 RAHZZAH PREDATOR VARIANT (WDC) APR210933

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