Last years’ Fantastic Four will be long remembered as one of the worst superhero films ever. It has a 9% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and it grossed just $168 million worldwide. That’s less than Captain America: Civil War made in its’ opening three days in the US alone. Stories of studio interference and on set bust ups have landed this release in infamy.
So why are we reminding you of this botched attempt at Marvel’s first family? Well, apparently Fox hasn’t ruled out making a sequel. Despite all the issues listed above, Simon Kinberg told Den of Geek they could still reunite the team and attempt to right their wrongs.
This isn’t a late April Fools joke. The X-Men producer seriously suggested the possibility of a sequel to one of Fox’s biggest bombs. He at least admitted they screwed up their last attempt. Could they finally get this property right in their fifth go? Here’s what the X-Men: Apocalypse producer had to say:
“We want to make another Fantastic Four movie. We love that cast – I mean if I were to say to you now Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, and Kate [Mara] and Jamie [Bell] are great actors – we love that cast. I love the comic, I mean I love it almost as much as X-Men.”
We have a hunch Josh Trank might not return to direct the sequel. Kinberg also mentioned a few other things they could do differently:
“We’ll try to be truer to the essence of the tone of Fantastic Four, which is brighter, funner, more optimistic tone. I think we tried to make a darker Fantastic Four movie, which seemed like a radical idea but we were kind of messing with the DNA of the actual comic instead of trusting the DNA of the comic.”
He did at least talk openly about the problems with Fantastic Four:
“We didn’t make a good movie. The world voted, and I think they probably voted correctly. And you can’t make a good movie every time out – not everybody does. We actually have a pretty good batting average, all things considered. But I think we made many mistakes when we made that movie – mistakes that we learned from and we wouldn’t repeat.”
Of course, Fox probably has their main cast contracted for sequels. If they wanted to make a follow-up, the cast would likely be obligated to do so. However, dragging those talents back after the experience they had last time? That doesn’t sound like a good move. It’s hard to see any of those actors being optimistic in that scenario. It sounds about as smart as approaching Chris Evans and asking him to swap his Captain America role for another go as the Human Torch.