A while ago it was confirmed that Daredeveil had indeed returned to the hands of Marvel due to 20th Century Fox not being able to keep the property in production long enough to retain the rights. Today, we learn about three more properties that have been returned to Marvel (Disney).
According to an article in the most recent EW magazine, Ghost Rider, Blade, and The Punisher have returned to the parent company. Though this may have you jumping up and down wondering what will happen to your favorite franchise, Kevin Fiege, President of Production at Marvel Studios, makes it clear that just because it’s back, doesn’t mean new movies are just around the corner.
Whenever a character comes back to us, it’s usually because the other studios don’t want to make the movies anymore – and that usually means the [previous] movies may not have been particularly well received. They all have potential, but we’re not going to say, ‘We got it back – make it!’
This is certainly good news for Marvel and Disney as they have the ability to do whatever they want with these characters without worrying too much about sharing the money with other studios. Of course with the way distribution deals have been going these last couple of years, I wouldn’t weep for the competition just yet, as cost cutting throughout the studio system still finds studios working deals to shoulder the burden of publicity and distribution world wide.
This leaves Spider-Man at Sony/Columbia Pictures, with X-Men and the Fantastic Four at 20th Century Fox.
While this seems like a good thing for fans, is it really? By splitting up the characters and properties it should breed competition between the studios to top one another in order to make more money. On the other hand, with the characters all together, we finally see what is in store for us with the third wave of Marvel movies – Marvel MAX. I wonder what the plans are for Moon Knight?