Bleeding Cool News recently spoke with Chris Claremont about X-men. He opened up about why there won’t be any new characters anytime soon.
Ever since Disney took ownership of Marvel there seems to have been a war between the film companies. With Fox owning X-Men and Fantastic Four and Sony owning Spider-Man. Marvel has made it known they want their properties back. Fox has been almost belligerent in their refusal to work with Marvel Studios, while Sony has recently shown some willingness to work with them.
It has been rumored for some time that the reason there have been no new X-men characters is because of this situation exactly, and in the interview Claremont is the first to confirm this situation outright saying:
“I have to say quite honestly as I understand it now the X department is forbidden to create new characters.
“Well… who owns them?
“All because all new characters become the film property of Fox.
“There will be no X-Men merchandising for the foreseeable future because, why promote Fox material?”
With the news that Marvel is canceling Fantastic Four in April 2015 it seems Marvel has decided to sabotage them in every way possible, and who can blame them? With the wildly successful MCU breaking box office records with almost every new film. They’ve pulled any merchandising right’s they still hold, and decided to cancel a long running (though not terribly popular) series. Marvel is playing hardball here, and limiting anything they can to hurt the franchises owned by Fox to get them back. It’s thought that the recent hard-ass approach might have something to do with the announced five year plan, and the rumors that it may culminate in a Marvel Civil War movie. The fans would love to see that, but not having their mutant universe or Spider-Man, makes that nearly impossible.