Marvel Comics Acquires Rights to Aliens & Predator

Two of the fiercest creatures from space have just joined the House of Ideas. Marvel has acquired the comic book rights to Aliens and Predator.

Revealed through IGN today, Marvel Comics has acquired the rights to make new Alien and Predator comics, which have long been a staple over at Dark Horse Comics; the company has owned the rights since the late 1980s. Times have changed in the past four decades, and the movies themselves have changed hands, too; with Disney’s recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, it makes sense that Disney would want to bring the license in-house. Just what Marvel has planned for the franchises is currently unknown, with the publisher not quite ready to reveal creative teams or titles. But if the teaser art is anything to go by, maybe fans can expect to see some kind of crossover in the vein of those classic DC Comics/Dark Horse team-ups of the ‘90s, given the ominous tease of a Predator clutching Iron Man’s helmet in this David Finch art. Check out out below:

Here’s what David Finch had to say about getting to draw both the Alien “Big Chap” Xenomorph and this Iron Man-killing Predator:

“Alien and Predator are the two of the most identifiable, iconic characters of all time, and I love them for that. But mostly, it’s being fortunate enough to be a kid when they were new. I’ve seen every movie they’ve ever been in, and I cannot wait to see them wreaking havoc in the Marvel Universe. I drew my pictures of them with a massive smile on my face.”

Despite the very triggering image of the Alien Xenomorph holding Iron Man’s head, there is one big caveat in IGN’s report: “To be clear, the Predator teaser isn’t meant to suggest the two franchises will be integrated into the Marvel Universe (as was the case when Marvel reacquired the Conan license in 2018).”

What do you think about Aliens and Predator switching from Dark Horse to Marvel Comics? The idea of a Predator vs Avengers or Aliens vs Star Wars comic book crossover is very much a reality now…

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