Remember all those reports, stretching over many months, about how Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter was out to destroy the comic book versions of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in order to spite Fox, which owns the movie rights to them? Well, forget about all that. Now that Ike is feuding with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, former Perlmutter detractor Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool sees the reclusive executive in a new light.
A romantic candlelight, perhaps...
And, yes, might this be a chance for Marvel to bring back the Fantastic Four comic and increase the prominence of the X-Men comic again? As well as restart the licensing deals? Because when it comes to Fox, maybe the enemy of my enemy is my friend?
Johnston first began flirting with joining "Team Ike" in articles blaming Kevin Feige for the failure of Avengers: Age of Ultron to make more than 1.5 billion dollars and claiming Feige was using Perlmutter and the Marvel Creative Committee as a scapegoat for everything the movies have done wrong, from driving off Edgar Wright to causing expensive reshoots on Age of Ultron. With this new article, however, in which Johnston counters his own long-running campaign to disparage Perlmutter for the Fantastic Four merchandising blackout and paints him as the hero that may return the characters to prominence, Johnston has kindled what could be the biggest comic book publishing executive and major comic book website love affair since CBR's Axel-in-Charge column.
The only question is: how long before Bleeding Cool will be referred to in their own articles as Marvel's "media partner?" Stay tuned, little bleeders! There's much more to come!