A year ago, we told you that the Fantastic Four comic would be cancelled by Marvel. A casualty of the failed Fox/Marvel Studios negotiations, Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter let it be known that he did not want to see a Fantastic Four comic being published while the Fox movie version was in theatres, a reversal of Marvel's usual policy. The story was leaked to Bleeding Cool by Marvel employees in a clear attempt to embarrass the publisher into reversing its policy, but that did not happen and now the comic is about to publish its final issue.
Fantastic Four was also withdrawn as a license for merchandise and use overseas. But Marvel editorial were at least able to cancel the book in their own way, in a lead up to Secret Wars, in which Mister Fantastic plays a large role. Both of him.
We also reported that Fantastic Four characters would be allowed to appear in other books during the internally enforced embargo. And that we could expect a return of the book when the movie as no longer in theatres – though that could be extended to the DVD sale window as well.
Well, before ECCC it was announced that the Human Torch would appear in the new Uncanny Inhumans series, and at ECCC CB Cebulski stated that, yes, there would be a Fantastic Four comic again after Secret Wars. Though how soon after was not stated.
There have been rumours and gossip that we may see a new Fantastic Four series in its own continuity, set in the nineteen sixties, a Mad Men for Marvel Comics that also used aspects of the award-winning Unstable Molecules series. But those are just rumours – even though it's something that could have been teased in Brian Bendis' run on X-Men.
But in one way or another, as we said, you will be getting a Fantastic Four comic again.
Until Fantastic Four 2 comes out in 2017 of course…