With 20th Century Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot being such a colossal critical failure, it’s no surprise that rumors spread that the studio had returned the iconic comic book characters to their home at Marvel. However, 20th Century Fox was quick to throw cold water on that rumor, confirming that it’s retaining the rights and moving forward with its less-than-stellar 2015 adaptation.
The news originally came from Den of Geek, which reported that Marvel and Fox had struck a deal to give the first family of Marvel Comics back to its makers in exchange for the TV rights to the network’s newly announced “X-Men” TV series: “Hellfire” and “Legion.” With the “Fantastic Four” back in Marvel’s hands, it could then introduce a new movie connected to the other properties in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as early as 2020. To its credit, the outlet warned its readers that the information didn’t come with an independent source to back it up and urged caution in believing the news was true too early. That’s why it came as little surprise when 20th Century Fox confirmed that the rumors were “completely untrue.” So fans who were hoping to see the movie version of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) talk shop with Reed Richards will remain unsatisfied.
Fortunately, not all of the information to come from the report was untrue. Fans of the more obscure facets of the “X-Men” comics were excited to learn that “Hellfire” and “Legion” are, in fact, coming to TV. “Hellfire,” based on the Marvel Comics series “The Hellfire Club,” will be an action-adventure story set in the 1960s. According to Entertainment Weekly, it will follow the adventures of a young special agent that learns a woman with extraordinary abilities is part of a larger organization of high-society millionaires. Each of them has some kind of superpower as well and, together, they form the Hellfire Club, dedicated to world domination.
Meanwhile, “Legion,” which will air on FX, takes a decidedly different tone. Based on another “X-Men” character – Charles Xavier’s son in the comic books, it’s unclear if the show will keep that theme. According to Variety, the story follows David Haller, who discovers as a teenager that he hears voices and has visions. It isn’t until later in life, after being diagnosed with schizophrenia, that a fellow patient at a psychiatric hospital convinces him that these voices and visions might not be figments of his imagination.
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