When The Walt Disney Company acquired 20th Century Fox in 2019, it brought the rights to a number of beloved franchises, including the Planet of the Apes series. While various live-action projects in this franchise have been reported to be in development, Marvel Comics has announced that it will be exploring this mythology with an all-new comic book series. The reveal came with teaser art by Salvador Larroca but, rather than being the announcement of a specific series, it instead served as confirmation that a variety of new storylines are on the way that will take place in the fantasy world. from 2023.
According to the press release, “Today, Marvel Entertainment announced that the Planet of the Apes franchise will return to Marvel Comics with all-new stories beginning in early 2023! The legendary sci-fi franchise spans over five decades with media such as comics, books, movies, TV series, video games and toys.
“Marvel Comics and Planet of the Apes have a deep history that dates back over 40 years. Marvel first published the Planet of the Apes stories in 1974, and in 1975 Marvel published Adventures on the Planet of the Apescolor adaptations of the iconic Planet of the Apes movies.
“Details on upcoming Planet of the Apes comic titles, collections, reprints, and creative teams will be shared at a later date. Until then, fans can check out an all-new Salvador Larroca teaser!”
“We are delighted to once again welcome the Planet of the Apes to the House of Ideas! Editor CB Cebulski shared. “The new saga in the works will explore the limits of what this beloved franchise has to offer through bold comic book storytelling, and we can’t wait to set foot in this new adventure!”
The original film debuted in 1968 and delivered with it one of the best twist endings in movie history, which is still parodied to this day. That first installment earned four sequels, with a Tim Burton reboot landing in theaters in 2001. Although that reboot was a relative financial success, it only had 44% positive reviews on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
In 2011, The Ascension of the Planet of the Apes launched a new trilogy which served as a reimagining of the concept, with all three films being both financial and critical successes. A new entry in the series, directed by Wes Bell, is expected to go into production later this year.
Stay tuned for more details on Marvel’s Planet of the Apes series.
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