Now that Spider-Man has been appropriated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which other non-MCU character(s) do you wish Marvel would reclaim ownership of next?
As Marvel fans well know by now, before getting its act together and creating its own film production company to launch the Cinematic Universe initiative, the comic book company sold off the movie rights to some of its major properties to other Hollywood studios. That’s how we wound up with the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in the hands of Fox, Spider-Man with Sony, Daredevil with Lionsgate, etc. By the rules of these contracts, so long as those other studios continue to crank out new movies on a certain schedule, they get to keep the rights. But if they fail to meet the required deadlines, Marvel takes back ownership and can use the characters in its own movie or TV projects.
Over the last few years, Marvel has reclaimed the rights to Daredevil, The Punisher, and Ghost Rider, and introduced all three of them into the MCU by way of TV (Ghost Rider via a story arc on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ last season, and the other two on Netflix). The company also hammered out a joint custody agreement with Sony for Spider-Man, allowing the web-slinger to appear in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and making the new ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ an official MCU tie-in.
Several properties still remain in other hands, however. The purpose of this poll is to determine which character or team you want Marvel to annex next. You have to decide which option to prioritize. You can’t choose them all. In thinking about this, try to consider not just which characters you personally like the best, but which will integrate smoothly into the existing MCU and hopefully even serve a purpose there.
[Note: I’m well aware that Howard the Duck has cameos in both of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies, but I’m leaving him on this poll because he hasn’t done anything more than pop his head in for a laugh so far.]
My vote goes to the Fantastic Four. I’d hope that a second reboot could do the same good for that team that Spider-Man has reportedly gotten.
What do you say?