Diana McCallum reported for Bleeding Cool from Fan Expo in Toronto this weekend. Which included writing up a Marvel panel where Marvel Senior VP CB Cebulski was asked, straight out, what was up with the Fantastic Four. Namely,
"Is the decision to proceed without a Fantastic Four monthly something that originated with Marvel East editorial or did that come from somewhere else?"
Cebulski, very much on the Marvel East editorial side answered,
"The decision to not come out of Secret Wars with a Fantastic Four title did stem with us. So you read a lot online about decisions that were being made regarding movies and licensing and Fox but no, everything kind of runs independently and there are specifically some stories that we will see. You know, Reed and Ben and Johnny and Sue will still have their roles in the Marvel universe, it's just not as a team and it will also integrate very seamlessly and you will see why once Secret Wars wraps up."
Bleeding Cool had reported, after speaking with Marvel staffers, that Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter had demanded the cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic, in the light of poor relations with Fox Studios, who own the license for live action movies for the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
And that this decision was accompanied by the cancellation of licensing for posters, statues, toys, trading cards, T-shirts and the like. And that's what happened.
We also reported that the manner of the cancellation, the story told to wrap it all up, all came from editorial, including ways to keep the Fantastic Four characters still working in the Marvel Universe, if not in the comic in question.
So, does this new statement from CB Cebulski contradict that narrative?
Not in the way the question was asked, no. Because, Isaac Perlmutter, despite his heavy involvement with Disney now, is also most definitely part of Marvel East. Hence some of the problems that have affected the Studio recently.
It's all down to exactly how it's phrased. Dammit, CB, you're starting to sound like Tom…