Whoa! New 'Punisher' Comic Kills Cast of the 'Fantastic Four' Reboot
Earlier in the fall, we reported on the tension between 20th Century Fox and Marvel escalating to the point that the comic book company was ending their run of Fantastic Four comics in an effort to dilute interest in the forthcoming feature film reboot from Chronicle director Josh Trank. Indeed, the comic book has been ended for the time being, but there's no indication that this was done with malicious intent. However, you might raise an eyebrow when you see some frames from Punisher #12, the latest issue written by Nathan Edmondson and drawn by Mitchell Gerads. What unfolds is funny, but pretty messed up.
Here's the frames in question from Marvel Comics Punisher #12 (via Comic Book Movie):
Did you pick up on that? The name "Trang" is clearly a reference to Josh Trank, director of the forthcoming reboot of Fantastic Four, and the three people seen on the page certainly resemble Miles Teller, Kata Mara and Jamie Bell, with the latter calling out to "Mike" who is undoubtedly meant to be Michael B. Jordan, who plays Johnny Storm, also known as The Human Torch. Now this doesn't necessarily confirm any bad blood between Marvel and Fox since it could just as easily be a reference to the rumor of tension between the two company's, but it certainly seems a bit dark to kill off the cast, even if it's just in a comic book. Anyway, we're still waiting for a first look at Fantastic Four, slated for release August 7th, 2015.