Before Marvel settled down with Disney, it had tumultuous affairs with several other studios. With Sony, for instance, it had a baby called the Spider-Man series. And Marvel's time with Fox produced several offspring, including film series based around the X-Men, Daredevil, and the Fantastic Four. By the terms of that arrangement, Fox has the rights to make movies around those characters (plus Fantastic Four hanger-on the Silver Surfer) in perpetuity so long as it doesn't stop making them.

Thus, yesterday's announcement of the Marvel/Disney merger has now led toVariety's news that Fox will try again with a new Fantastic Four movie. So fans of watching that guy from The Shield walk around in a rubber suit and seeing Galactus rendered as a giant cloud should be happy, right? Not necessarily. Fox now plans to start over under the guidance of writer/producer Akiva Goldsman‚ÄĒbecause if there's one guy who knows how to get superheroes right, it's the screenwriter of¬†Batman And Robin‚ÄĒwho may or may not want to round up the old gang.