Admittedly, in a world where people are pining for solo Marvel movies featuring the likes of Black Widow and Doctor Strange, there are very few people out there hoping for a Rom movie, or even a cameo by the Spaceknight.

The alien cyborg Rom had his own comic book title from 1979 until 1986 and became a regular face in the Marvel universe -- often showing up in other titles. So it was easy to forget that Rom was based on a Parker Brothers toy that very few people purchased. When Marvel Studio head Kevin Feige was recently promoting 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' I asked him if there's even a chance we might ever see Rom, even as a cameo. I mean, who thought we'd ever see a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie? The news is not good for Rom fans.

Is there a chance of ever having a Rom cameo? What happened to Rom?
I think there are legal issues with Rom. I think Rom is owned by a toy company or something.

That's disappointing.
I think we have Spaceknights, but we don't have Rom. I think they did some standalone Spaceknights comics at some point. ROM, I believe, was a licensed deal. Like G.I. Joe and Transformers back in the day.

I see.

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