Fantastic Four wasn’t exactly a hit, but hey, what non-Marvel movies are nowadays?
In 2015, Miles Teller starred as Mr. Fantastic in the ill-fated Fantastic Four reboot. Directed by Josh Trank, the movie was set to re-introduce Marvel’s original superhero team after the 2005 version (and its 2007 sequel) failed to garner a prolonged interest in the brand.
But that was not to be: Fantastic Four was the flop of the summer, its terrible reviews sparking a huge controversy which allegedly lost Josh Trank a Star Wars movie. After the success of both Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and Marvel’s… well, all of Marvel’s recent superhero films, it seemed that people had forgotten how bad superhero movies could actually be.
But now it’s 2016, and DC has released not one, but two highly underwhelming, plot-challenged superhero films. In the aftermath of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the Fantastic Four reboot’s failure to launch suddenly doesn’t seem that catastrophic.
Could we even expect to see another installment, with the original cast?
Miles Teller, for one, is down. “Yeah, for sure,” he tells JoBlo when they asked him whether he’d return. “I loved the cast, I loved the characters. I think it’s such an interesting dynamic. I love how much they really need to rely on each other. This Avengers thing, they’ve kind of created their own Fantastic Four in a way, Marvel’s first family. Their powers can’t just exist on their own, you need Thor to do this, the Hulk to do his thing. So yeah, absolutely, I would do another one.”
Producer Simon Kinberg has previously suggested that 20th Century Fox is looking to push out a sequel, and has also equated the movie’s bad reception with its attempt to be so ‘dark.’ Let’s hope the second one takes itself less seriously.