Back in May this year, Bleeding Cool pointed out a comic book trademark application by Rodriguez Publishing that was going unopposed by Marvel Comics, for Mister Fantastic.
At the time, Marvel Comics was not publishing any Fantastic Four comics, was turning down licensing opportunities, was refusing publishing deals abroad, as part of an edict by CEO Isaac Perlmutter, itself a part of his ongoing battle with Fox.
That battle has mellowed somewhat of late, as a similar edict over X-Men licensing has been relaxed. And now it seems someone at Marvel has decided that actually, yes, we probably shouldn’t let the trademark to Mister Fantastic lapse – just in case.
And so Linda K. McLeod of Kelly IP, LLP of Washinton, DC, representing Marvel Characters has requested – and been granted – an extension to oppose the registration.
I can’t see any reason why they won’t get it. But maybe, just maybe, they should publish a comic book starring him, or the Fantastic Four, sooner than later?