ALIEN and PREDATOR licenses move from Dark Horse to Marvel

Jesse Schedeen at IGN has announced that Marvel Comics has acquired the licenses to create and publish comic books based on the movies Alien and Predator.

So since 2021, Marvel will begin publishing comics featuring the two iconic properties.


Dark Horse Comics owned these licenses for thirty years. But as now Fox now owned by Disney, it was only a matter of time. The deal will see Marvel publishing comics based on both properties beginning next year, while no other details on the publisher’s plans for the properties have yet been revealed. Marvel have some images to show off by David Finch of ALIEN and PREDATOR. He was a creator most recently working for DC Comics, so there may be a story in that as well.

Source: IGN
Source: IGN

Marvel Comics has acquired the Star Wars and Conan comic book licenses as well. They were also under Dark Horse Comics for decades, while Boom Studios, co-owned by Fox, got the Buffy, Angel, and Firefly licenses. Still, Marvel does not own Dark Horse Comics. House of Dark Horse still holds licenses such as Stranger Things, Avatar, Minecraft, etc. The situation seems that the bankers of decades past are finding new homes. Dark Horse also published and co-published several crossover projects with other characters, including the insanely brilliant recent Archie Vs. Predator. What are the offs that the crossovers will be in-house at Marvel going forward?

“There’s nothing more thrilling than a story that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and Alien and Predator have delivered that time and time again!”
C.B. Cebulski
Marvel Editor-in-Chief

Still, Dark Horse has also been facing a lot of questions of late regarding its shielding of editor Scott Allie from sexual misconduct allegations. As well as accusations of racism and harassment from former employees that have circulated on social media, the loss of two of their most significant properties (ALIEN and PREDATOR)is just another piece of bad news.

Though in above covers there’s a crossover symbolized, THR clarifies that, at least for now, the creatures of Alien and Predator won’t be crossing over with The Avengers or the Marvel Universe. But it’s only a matter of time. Maybe Knull will run into the xenomorphs on his way to Earth, and we’ll end up with an army of symbiote-wearing Aliens running around.

Full statement regarding Alien and Predator acquisition by Marvel

New York, NY— July 2, 2020 — Today, Marvel Entertainment announced three iconic franchises – ALIEN and PREDATOR, and ALIEN VS. PREDATOR – will be launching all-new stories with Marvel Comics starting in 2021! Revealed exclusively by IGN, the new comic series will feature new and classic characters from Earth and beyond to explore the never-before-seen corners of both the Alien and Predator universes.

Following the debut of Alien in 1979 and Predator in 1987, the films built a cult following and expanded rapidly to include toys, games, novels, and comic books, eventually leading to 2004’s landmark crossover Alien vs. Predator. Marvel’s new stories will draw from all of these properties, building on decades of multimedia storytelling. Get a first look at next year’s deadly new chapter with spine-chilling cover art by David Finch!

“There’s nothing more thrilling than a story that will keep you at the edge of your seat, and Alien and Predator have delivered that time and time again!” C.B. Cebulski, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel, told IGN. “I can clearly remember where I was when I saw each of these modern masterpieces for the first time, and reveling in how both masterfully weave extraterrestrial dread and drama into some of the most iconic scenes we’ve ever seen on film. And it’s that legacy that we’re going to live up to!” “The incredible legacies of both franchises offer some of the most compelling and exciting worldbuilding in all of science fiction,” said Marvel Editor Jake Thomas. “It is a thrill and an honor to be able to add to that mythology and continuity with all-new stories set within those universes.” “Alien and Predator are the two of the most identifiable, iconic characters of all time, and I love them for that,” said Finch. “But mostly, it’s being fortunate enough to be a kid when they were new. I’ve seen every movie they’ve ever been in, and I cannot wait to see them wreaking havoc in the Marvel Universe. I drew my pictures of them with a massive smile on my face.” “As a visual medium, comics are the perfect place to build on those moments, and we here at Marvel are honored to begin telling these stories for fans everywhere,” added Cebulski. “As our release schedule continues to return, we can’t wait to share more in the coming months!” Details on upcoming ALIENand PREDATORcomic book titles, collections, reprints, and creative teams will be shared at a later date. For Marvel’s most up-to-date release schedule for your favorite comics, visit Be sure to ask your local comic book shop about their current business policies to observe social distancing or other services they may offer, including holding or creating pull lists, curbside pick-ups, special deliveries and other options to accommodate. Find and support your local comic book shop at or by visiting

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