According to a Den of Geek, Marvel has gotten the movie rights back to Fantastic Four (including the characters Marvel mainly wanted: Galactus, Doctor Doom, and the Silver Surfer) in exchange for giving Fox television rights to a couple X-Men television shows.
Surprising? Not at all. I speculated that this would happen in the comments of one (or a few) of my many Floptastic Flop posts. While this may not have been confirmed yet by either party and has only been confirmed by one source of Den of Geek, there are quite a few reasons to believe this:
- Fantastic Four (2015) flopped and was critically panned.
- Marvel has wanted the rights to Galactus, Doctor Doom, and the Silver Surfer for a while. They were going to let Fox keep the expiring rights to Daredevil in exchange for them.
- Obviously, Marvel was not going to give Fox the TV rights for free. Fantastic Four is really the only thing Fox has to bring to the bargaining table because Marvel[/Disney] has plenty of money.
- Floptastic Flop 2 is supposed to be released in 2017. Have they even finished a script yet? (I doubt it) There's no director because Trank isn't coming back obviously. So, Floptastic Flop 2 would basically be another rushed mess like the first film. They could push back the release date but that would be even more bad press for the franchise under Fox.
Also, according to Den of Geek, the charachers will be popping up in another Marvel movie and have a solo movie in 2020.
Based on my research (aka visiting Wikipedia), allies of the Fantastic Four are Spider-Man, Crystal, Medusa, Power Man, Nova, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Ant-Man, Namorita, Storm, and the Black Panther.
So with the speculation of the three new unannounced 2020 Marvel movies and Fox getting their X-Men TV rights not being a coincidence. Then we can clearly deduce that the Fantastic Four might pop up in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), another new announced Marvel movie, to introduce the characters before they pop up 2 years later in their own solo movie. They could also pop up in Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, or Black Panther but I doubt it unless it was like a mid or after credits scene and because Marvel likes to introduce other property characters in sequels. They could also pop up in a Marvel Netflix show, which I also doubt.
Update: Well evidently Fox and Marvel are denying the rumor. Hmmm... Sony and Marvel did the same thing with Spider-Man in January and then announced in February that there was a deal.