Tom Brevoort, Senior VP Publishing of Marvel Comics is a master wordsmith. He chooses his words with so much care. Sometimes they can lead in one direction while actually meaning something else entirely.
So we looked at a recent Marvel licensed T-shirt featuring the Secret Wars #8 cover, from which the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters had been removed.
It has been seen of further evidence that Marvel Comics is withdrawing licensing rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four in the light of upcoming movies from Fox Studios, and a failing relationship between Marvel and Fox. With Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter making specific licensing demands on Marvel, as a direct snub to Fox.
Which some have read that the company didn't want to buy the rights to those characters. But, given what else we have learned, is more likely to suggest that Marvel didn't choose to sell them. To anyone. At all.