The other week, Axel Alonso talked about the importance of licensed titles to Marvel’s current output:
The third party titles have been a solid addition to our publishing plan — they sell well and they allow us to communicate with a new audience — so of course we’re doing more.
Bearing that in mind, I have a small suggestion for whoever makes the licensing decisions at Marvel: Please try and get the Micronauts license again.
I’ll admit that a lot of this decision is powered by nostalgia; I loved the Micronauts series (both of them; yes, I am that rare New Voyages fan) way back when, and would love to see that material made available again as an Essentials series. Micronauts is a comics franchise unlike other toy tie-ins, because so much of what makes the original incarnation(s) work is owned by Marvel and so can’t transfer to whoever else attempts it, a la GI Joe or Transformers; without Bug or Marionette or Rann, it’s not the same book, and even “the Microverse” is pretty much a Marvel concept. It helps the connection when you consider the number of Marvel Universe characters who guest-starred in the Marvel runs, whether it’s Nick Fury, the Beyonder or the X-Men (There was even the X-Men/Micronauts mini in the 1980s), making the idea of someone other than Marvel reprinting the material almost impossible.
But it’s not just happy memories – or the chance of some sweet reprint royalties – that could and should make this appealing to Marvel; the Micronauts are reportedly being primed for a movie produced by JJ Abrams and written by the people behind Zombieland, which sounds as close to a recipe for ideal franchise revival as possible. Projects like John Carter show that Marvel is okay with movie tie-ins, and even if Micronauts isn’t a Disney property, it still feels like something that could very much appeal to the Marvel faithful if done properly.
It’d be nice to imagine that someone at Marvel has already done the math about this, and can see how it could work out. While Marvel continues to mine the archives for new material to collect in book format, Micronauts remains one of the company’s few sadly-untouched properties (Outside of this and Rom, it’s hard to think of a long-running series that hasn’t been revived in the last few years). Maybe if we all close our eyes and wish real hard…