We ALMOST Had a Fox-Owned Marvel Character Extravaganza Film in 2011

Another tidbit gleaned from Zack Stentz‘s stop by Kevin Smith‘s Fatman on Batman podcast was the reveal of a missed opportunity 2011 film from FOX, who owned several of the Marvel Comics heavy hitters at the time.

Stentz, who co-wrote Thor for Marvel Studios with former writing partner Ashley Edward Miller as well as X-Men: First Class for Fox, divulged the details (scant as they are) during the podcast:

“My ex-partner and I, when we were working at Fox and we were working on X-Men: First Class, we did a secret movie for them that, I can’t tell you what the plot was, but I can tell you that it used all of the characters, all of the Marvel characters that Fox had at the time in 2011. It used the X-Men. It used the Fantastic Four. It used Daredevil. It used Deadpool. Daredevil was still at Fox at the time. We almost had Paul Greengrass directing it which would’ve been so cool but he had another project to do instead. It didn’t end up going but it was a script I was really proud of and it would’ve been really good.”

Add this on top of the reveal of a way different Fantastic Four script, and this could have been the Fox-owned Marvel Comics character lead in to Secret Wars. Sure, we’d rather see it NOW that almost everyone is under the House of Mouse roof, but, it would’ve been cool.

You can see Stentz’s most recent writing result on Netflix by way of Rim of the World, available for streaming now.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.



Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 



Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 



Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional