I missed this for some reason, but: there’s been some allegations cropping up that Marvel has been sabotaging their own Fantastic Four comic book line because the movies keeping sucking so bad. Said allegations are coming from Fantastic Four writer Jonathan Hickman, so you’ll need to take that with a grain of salt, there. Still:
”I think it’s pretty common knowledge at this point that Marvel isn’t publishing Fantastic Four because of their disagreement with Fox,” Hickman explained. “While it bums me out, I completely understand because, well, it isn’t like they’re not acting out of cause. Fox needs to do a better job there.”
Hickman’s reasoning seems to imply that Marvel did indeed drop the FF because of the Fox films – not necessarily for financial reasons, but because the most recent reboot was both critically and financially unsuccessful, and failed to reflect well on Marvel’s comic books. Marvel still publishes an entire line of X-Men comic books, for example, despite Fox also controlling that franchise’s film rights.
…is a potent argument, not least because the movies have been really, really bad.
It’s funny. When I first saw that Fantastic Four Silver Surfer sequel, I was not utterly appalled by it. I thought that it might have made… a decent enough TV season (God knows it presented as one). It was at least trying to show them as a family, you know? — And then I saw some actually good superhero movies, and realized that this series sucked. And so apparently did the 2015 film, whose reputation imploded in time for me to avoid it. So, hey, I’m not entirely upset with Marvel lowering the boom like this.
PS: As to the 2015 flick: if you’re going to make Johnny black, make Sue black, too.