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Marvel confirms end of Fantastic Four comics

NEW YORK — The Fantastic Four will be no more, at least in the comics, confirmed Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso yesterday (Oct 12), following strong speculation since May this year of a possible cancellation.

Chris Evans, of Captain America fame, as the Human Torch in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Chris Evans, of Captain America fame, as the Human Torch in the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. Photo: 20th Century Fox

NEW YORK — The Fantastic Four will be no more, at least in the comics, confirmed Marvel Comics’ Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso yesterday (Oct 12), following strong speculation since May this year of a possible cancellation.

Alonso made the announcement during a panel discussion at the New York Comic Con (NYCC), where he was joined by current Fantastic Four series writer James Robinson.

The comic series is “going away for a little while”, said Robinson, as cited by Newsarama. “I’m building up to the end of the Fantastic Four.”

The final issue, to be titled Fantastic Four: The End Is Fourever, is scheduled for release in June next year.

Alonso did not give any indication as to why The Fantastic Four comic was cancelled or whether it would ever come back. Although sales of the comic have slipped, the characters remain one of Marvel’s most popular properties — known by comic fans as “Marvel’s First Family”.

The Fantastic Four is also one of the oldest comic properties owned by Marvel and has spawned four animated TV series and three feature films. A fourth Fantastic Four film, to be produced by 20th Century Fox, is scheduled for August next year.

Several comic news sites, like Comic Book Resources and Bleeding Cool, have previously reported an ongoing dispute between Marvel and 20th Century Fox on the franchise’s film rights. In April this year, Marvel had announced that they would be killing off another popular comic character whose film rights were owned by 20th Century Fox — Wolverine from the X-Men comics.

Marvel Comics is now owned by The Walt Disney Company after a US$4 billion (S$5.08 billion) takeover in 2009.

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