Let me bring you up to speed. Fantastic Four, aka one of the longest running Marvel comics in history, was proven by Marvel to being cancelled, as in permanently, or at least for a while. As word of the cancellation spread, multiple sources reported that
Marvel was cancelling the comic in protest of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. Fantastic Four is one of the few remaining franchises that isn’t under the Marvel Studios banner.
This rumor was amplified by other FF merchandise being pulled or being told to not be made anymore, therefore adding proof to the assumption.
A curious twist has come to light though, a roundtable discussion featuring Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn and Fox Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos took place and the two chatted about the Fantastic Four reboot and the cancellation of the comic. This was their opinion on the matter.
“No, I don’t think so. I don’t know how that decision came about. The comic was not a huge seller. The Fantastic Four is a very established group of characters, and the film is awesome. Yeah, I think…I don’t know how that played into their decision, but it wasn’t…the book wasn’t selling as well as others.”
But wait, there’s more.
“Fully independent decision, by the way, I didn’t even know about it. I mean, honestly, we don’t even [shrugs his shoulders].”
While some may be buying this statement, I know others won’t be so sure. Mainly because although the comic wasn’t selling as well as others, it wasn’t the lowest selling comic. It was well above others that at this moment aren’t cancelled yet. Also, just because they didn’t know about the cancellation, didn’t mean that Marvel do it for the reasons above.
Will we ever know the true answer? I don’t know, but everything will come to a head one way or the other on August 7, 2015, when the Fantastic Reboot airs.