Updated Nov. 28: The Punisher writer Nathan Edmondson was tweeted a correction to this story. Responding to Newsarama's original characterization that he tweeted to fans suggesting they misinterpreted what actually happens in the scene from The Punisher #12, Edmondon tweeted:
@Newsarama I didn't "suggest" people misinterpreted the F4 scene. Those who think we were making a petty statement are wrong. Period.— Nathan Edmondson (@nathanedmondson) November 28, 2014
We have edited the story to reflect Edmondson's clarification.
Original story: In case you missed this one – the fantasies of some of the more feveredly frustrated Fantastic Four fanatics (yeah alliteration!) were seemingly played out in Marvel’s The Punisher #12, released a week ago.
In the issue set in Los Angeles, three characters that look suspiciously like actors Kate Mara, Miles Teller, and Jamie Bell, they of three-quarters of the main cast of 20th Century Fox’s 2015 Fantastic Four reboot, apparently get blowed up real good.
Via comicbookmovie.com here are the panels in question by series artist Mitch Gerads. Check out the images, dialogue and thinly-disguised name-checks. There is little doubt who the characters are supposed to be. Although what – if anything – actually happens to them is left up to the imagination.
But what does the sequence mean? Some fans have interpreted as a message from Marvel Comics in regards to the publisher’s feeling about Josh Trank’s reboot.
But not so fast tweeted series writer Nathan Edmondson early Wednesday morning. Responding to separate tweets both criticizing and thanking the creative team for the scene, Edmondson acknowledged the cameo but explained and later clarifying that anyone thinking Marvel and the creative team were making a "petty statement about the film" are wrong- making it clear he does not sing in the chorus of those lambasting the film.
.@LeoReynaJr you've misinterpreted the scene. We put in cameos and I'm looking forward to the movie.— Nathan Edmondson (@nathanedmondson) November 26, 2014
Marvel Comics declined to comment Wednesday afternoon.