We already had fun dissecting Marvel Senior VPP Tom Brevoort's take on this, and the wiggle room he left large enough to drive a Fantasti-Car through. Now it's time for Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso to take it for a spin. Answering the question from CBR
There has been a lot of talk in the industry this week about the possible future of "Fantastic Four." Last week, CBR published a report saying the books may be taken off the table stemming from issues with 20th Century Fox, who hold the rights to FF films, following an initial report by Bleeding Cool. What can you can say on the record about the matter?
The Fantastic Four — Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben — are a vital part of the Marvel Universe, and we have no plans to change that. James Robinson has exciting plans for them in the immediate future — starting with the "Original Sin" tie-in story — and we are continually devising plans to use them in new and surprising ways in the vast landscape of the Marvel Universe, like we do with any Marvel character; in fact, we already know that one of [the FF] will be a huge player in a universe-spanning event down the road.
And while for some folks, that means that the Fantastic Four is not being cancelled… he's not saying that at all. In our original report we stated that we were told by Marvel sources the FF would still be there, just not in their own book. But still playing a vital part. And this doesn't contradict that one jot. He continues…
Part of Marvel's success hinges on the fact that we aren't afraid to exercise massive flexibility with our catalog of characters. Sometimes, the way we move the pieces around on the board — the death and/or replacement of a character, the dissolution and/or reconstitution of a team — or our choice of characters to spotlight — Guardians of the Galaxy, Nova, Inhumans — causes controversy, but that doesn't inhibit us from taking chances and doing what we think is right for our universe and the characters within it. Wolverine and Spider-Man joining the Avengers was a hugely controversial move that ultimately contributed to the revitalization of that franchise and to the Marvel Universe as a whole. The death of Ultimate Peter Parker got a lot of fans screaming, but it resulted in the birth of the now-beloved Miles Morales. No guts, no glory.
So, something as big as those is planned, it seems. Like, for example, putting the main Fantastic Four book on hiatus. And as Tom Brevoort says, in a year they'll be publishing the Fantastic Four.
Oh, Axel did confirm one of our other stories, that Rocket Raccoon #1 had had 300,000 pre orders…