Fox's bungled handling of the Daredevil reboot may result in two well-known characters returning to the welcoming, mousey bosom of Disney and Marvel Studios.
In an article on Newsarama titled "Christopher Reeve is a Big Fat Jerk," the journalistic web stalwarts report that Fox, who has only a few months left to begin production on a Daredevil movie before the rights return to Marvel Studios, wants to trade the rights to Silver Surfer and Galactus to Marvel in exchange for an extension.
The characters are part of the Fantastic Four franchise, which Fox also holds the movie rights for, and which is also due for a reboot, but Fox isn't worried. "We're starting the franchise off fresh, so we'll just do the whole Doctor Doom story again, and by the time we make another, we'll just reboot it again. We could keep making the same movie for the next twenty years, like Pixar, without ever needing to add new characters," said Jamie Foxx, president of Fox. "If we do end up needing a Galactus type character, we'll just create a completely different fart cloud monster, like Warner Bros. did for the Green Lantern movie."
The Surfer and Galactus could certainly be useful to Marvel, who is making a Guardians of the Galaxy film in 2014 to which it might possibly want to add characters people have heard of. However, Marvel could just as easily call Fox's bluff, waiting for the incompetent company to drop the ball on more directors until the rights to all their franchises are returned in full.
As of now, the story should be considered a rumor, and should not be taken seriously until reported at Bleeding Cool.
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