Marvel Comics has made a major move into the horror genre by acquiring the rights to both the Alien and Predator comic book franchises from Dark Horse Comics.
Marvel–the No. 1 comic book publisher and, of course, the leader in super-hero comics and feature films–hasn’t had a strong horror attraction since the Tomb of Dracula title back in the 1970s. But now, as reported by comicbook.com, that may all change.
This surprise development may have been a natural extension of Marvel’s parent company–The Walt Disney Company–recently purchasing 20th Century Studios and many of its film assets, including the Alien and Predator movie franchises.
What this will mean for the Marvel comic book and cinematic universes–in terms of possible crossovers between Marvel heroes and these iconic horror figures–is unclear at this time. But that won’t stop fans from dreaming of a Predator vs. Hulk or Aliens Meet The Avengers comic book somewhere down the line.
Looking ahead, artist David Finch has already produced some terrific concept artwork for both new additions to the Marvel line (check out his art on this page). Finch was understandably excited about the acquisitions. “Alien and Predator are two of the most identifiable, iconic characters of all time and I love them for that,” he said. “I drew my pictures of them with a massive smile on my face.”
C.B. Cebulski, Marvel editor in chief, echoed Finch’s enthusiasm about the comic book giant strengthening its horror line. “There’s nothing more thrilling than a story that will keep you at the edge of your seat,” he said, “and Alien and Predator have delivered that time and time again. We here at Marvel are honored to begin telling these stories for fans everywhere. As our release schedule continues to return, we can’t wait to share more in the coming months.”
What is known at this time is that Marvel plans to start publishing Alien and Predator comic books sometime in 2021, and will print a mix of original series along with reprints and collections of previously published comics from the franchises. No specific comic book titles or writer/artist teams have been chosen as of this writing.
So, keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the new Alien and Predator comics from Marvel. Excelsior!