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Subj: Re: CBR confirms that Marvel no longer has the Dire Wraiths trademarks
Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 at 06:26:33 pm EDT (Viewed 58 times)
Reply Subj: Re: CBR confirms that Marvel no longer has the Dire Wraiths trademarks
Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 at 11:47:16 am EDT (Viewed 62 times)
IDW has done pretty well with the Hasbro toys.
Honestly I was surprised when they blew the dust and cobwebs off of ROM and remade him for their universe.
The ROM toy was overall a bust, but the Marvel series seems to be fondly remembered. Yet Marvel let the trademark lapse, and then when they tried to have ROM make some cameos they got reminded of that and rather then pay the fee they have just worked around it.
Now I am not familiar with the current trademark prices, but it can't be that expensive for Marvel especially now with the MCU and all the money it brought in. Of course there is the concept of would it be money well spent. Marvel cannot reprint issues of other comics that ROM guest starred in, Avengers, X-men, Power man-IRonFist, Incredible Hulk. Any reprint collections either omit those issues or else edit ROM out which basically wipes out most of the issue.
Perhaps IDW should see about buying the rights to the Marvel ROM story line and use it to make their movie for ROM? Perhaps a collaboration deal so that Marvel gets some of the money.
As to the IDW ROM Comic, well it was a new take on the character. He wasn't pining to be human again and seemed to have long since accepted that he was stuck as a spaceknight. His appearance and powers and weapons were updated for the new era and new abilities were given to him. Also he was somewhat ruthless at first and it was revealed that ROM and his fellow spaceknights would resort to blowing up any world they couldn't cleanse of the Wraiths. ROM being on Earth started to mellow him a bit and restore some feeling.
However the art at times was a bit shaky, and the series only went about 14 issues before cancellation and his story was finished in crossovers with the Micronauts then appeared in the final Transformers issues before that series ended/rebooted.
They did a 3 issue Wraiths mini series just recently.
But it seems overall that the return of ROM to comics was just a brief nostalgic flash in the pan.
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