Forget your wildest brokerage in fantasy football. Forget trading the pretzel rods for the Shark Bites in second grade. Variety’s Showblitz blog is reporting what could be the most unusual and hilariously out-there deals made in the history of bartering (which is literally older than money).
Fox wants to take another crack at a big screen Daredevil movie, but as of right now they only have until October 10th to make that happen. They want Joe Carnahan to do it, but they need time. If they can’t get things underway by October, they relinquish the rights to the property to Marvel Studios.
Marvel Studios is apparently willing to extend Fox’s deadline to produce the thing. But they’re not asking for money. They’re not asking for the world either. They’re asking for a world-eater. Marvel wants Galactus. And the Silver Surfer. Just a few trinkets from the Fantastic Four movie rights bundle that Fox also owns. This is actually a thing people in ties are talking about at a conference table. Galactus is a bargaining chip.
Here we see what Marvel’s priorities are, and it all makes a hell of a lot of sense. Having just announced a Guardians of the Galaxy film in the wake of a Thanos cameo, the studio has set a skyward trajectory, with an increasingly ambitious mission towards something huge. Something Cosmic. If Marvel is prepping to take on the Infinity Gauntlet story line in some form, this deal would be a major boon. They’re choosing their battles wisely, giving up on street level hero to take hold of some larger-than-life characters and avenues befitting the newly announced Phase 2. If this all goes to plan, Phase 3 could be very, very exciting.
Also worth thinking about: If they want Galactus and the Surfer from the FF package, is that all they want? Is there anything else in there worth bartering for?
It’s certainly a chin scratcher.
Now, according to Deadline, sources at Fox are denying reports that the studio is interested in relinquishing rights to Fantastic Four assets Galactus and Silver Surfer in order to extend their ownership of Daredevil. With a Fantastic Four reboot already in development, Fox is less likely to play fast and loose with that property than to simply give up on the blind lawyer vigilante. These sources claim that the current talks between Disney and Fox are moving toward Marvel Studios reclaiming the Daredevil film rights or the studios co-financing the film.