Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be in theaters next February, and it looks like we’re in for one wild ride. The first trailer was released on Monday, giving us a glimpse of the many new interdimensional creatures and characters we’ll be seeing. Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror was among them, as well as a mysterious robotic being that looked uncannily similar to Rom the Space Knight.
Did Marvel Studios and Disney manage to land the live-action rights to the cult hero, therefore making him a member of the MCU?
Who is Rom the Space Knight?
Rom was originally introduced as a toy before appearing in Marvel comic lore with a promotional comic series from Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema in the late 1970s. At the time, Parker Brothers wanted to market the toy to fans of comics, so they collaborated for much of the next decade. Rom acted as a robotic space cop, appearing in 75 self-titled issues over that span.
To whom do the movie rights of Rom belong?
The movie and television rights to the Rom character are still with Hasbro, as far as we know. While Marvel owns the story and use of the Space Knights, Hasbro owns other rights to the character. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn confirmed that much last December, saying that if Marvel Studios had access to the character, he would already be a part of their franchise.
“Alas I cannot as Marvel no longer holds the rights to Rom – just to some other Spaceknights and parts of the story created in the comics – otherwise, believe you me, ol’ toaster head would probably be in the Guardians by now,” Gunn tweeted at the time.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is set to release in 2021.
The next film release for the studio after Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which is set to come out in theaters on February 17, 2023.
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