It’s no secret that the Marvel is in an odd position: the company doesn’t have the rights to many of its iconic characters, Mutants have more or less been replaced by Inhumans and many characters have had their image or backstories changed for no legitimate reason. Fans are rightfully worried about the future of the Marvel Universe, but there is one person who still has hope: Stan Lee.
Stan Lee appeared at Wizard World Nashville last week where he shared his thoughts on the current state of Marvel. When asked how he feels about Fox cancelling merchandise and comics related to X-Men and the Fantastic Four, answered:
“Sooner or later, they’re going to get the rights back to all our characters. They’re working on it, and they’re still making X-Men movies and stuff. Don’t worry about it. You’ll get more Marvel superheroes than you’ll have time to look at in the next few years.”
This is obviously not confirmation that Marvel will regain the rights to characters from X-Men and Fantastic Four, but its somewhat reassuring that someone in Lee’s position thinks it can. Reacquiring the rights to such characters would obviously mean big things for Marvel comics, but it would also be a pretty huge deal for the Marvel Vs. series.
As you might know, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is due out next week and as many fans will tell you, there are no X-Men or Fantastic Four characters in either the base roster or known DLC. This is a pretty big deal because Wolverine, Storm, Magneto and Sentinel from the X-Men, as well as Dr. Doom from the Fantastic Four are staples in the series. This has been known for quite some time, but it’s still something that fans have yet to fully get over — and for good reason.
However, Marvel regaining the rights to X-Men and FF characters might not be the impetus needed for any of them to be added to MvC:I.
Why? Because producer Mike Evans stated that the omission of these characters had nothing to do with owning the rights to them. At that time, he explicitly stated that Infinite is not solely operating within the confines of the MCU. What’s more credible NeoGAF user Ryce said late last year, with “complete certainty,” that X-Men and Fantastic Four characters would join MvC:I as DLC.
Ryce is one thing, but actual MvC:I staffers have to understand the significance of the X-Men and Dr.Doom to the series, so one has to wonder if they really do have said characters and are just sitting on them for a big reveal. Of course, there’s still the possibility that getting these characters is a work-in-progress and is merely something the team expects to go through successfully. In either case, the fact that present indicators point more to the latter than the former has left many concerned for what they believe is a lackluster roster filled with mostly returning characters.
Nothing is set in stone, but there’s no denying that having free access to X-Men and the Fantastic Four can only be seen as beneficial for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite as well as the minds of Marvel fans in general.
Thanks, Comic Book.