Yes they’re making another Fantastic Four movie, what were you expecting? That they give up on a superhero franchise after superheroes became all the rage across the world? That after the success of The Avengers, they would just let another classic Marvel super-team fade away into obscurity? Of course not, you blubbering fool! (Ignore that insult if you aren’t remotely surprised by this reboot thing and are feeling so smug that even the air around you wants to punch your face.)
After Batman invented the whole reboot trick, everyone has been keen on trying it, because that’s what all superheroes do — try to emulate Batman to seem cool. Spider-Man had one bad movie and it immediately went for a cheap reboot while the first film was still fresh in the minds of most people. Even the kids born after the first Spider-Man movie must have seen it on TV, right? Anyway, we’re here to talk about the Fantastic Four, who already had two movies, but they didn’t exactly do great at the box office, and got lukewarm reception from critics and fans alike. Will the third time be the charm for the beloved Marvel characters?
Four people go to space, get exposed to cosmic rays, and get different superpowers, because Stan Lee doesn’t understand how science works. If you’re reading this article, you’ve likely either seen the movies or read the comics, so you know the story. Most people do. They better not do the origin story again. Just start with a dysfunctional family with cool superpowers who fight over-the-top old school villains with names like Doctor Doom and Galactus.
Let me clear one thing — this isn’t a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These guys are not showing up with the Avengers anytime soon. The film is being produced by 20th Century Fox, the guys who own X-Men, so the FF might show up in their films.
The film is being directed by Josh Tank, the guy who made the found-footage superhero movie Chronicle, which was a sleeper hit in early 2012.
Currently it’s scheduled to release on March 6, 2015, but that may very likely change in future. Considering the jam-packed summer in 2015 with many high profile movies, including The Avengers 2 and Star Wars VII, it kind of makes sense that they’re planning to release it this early that year, but the studio should keep in mind what happened to John Carter in 2012. There’s a reason you don’t see many big budget movies in March — it isn’t exactly blockbuster season.
Who’s in it?
No one has been cast yet. I didn’t mind anyone except Jessica Alba in the first two movies, to be honest. The movies had several problems — visionless direction, bad script, low budget — but the cast wasn’t one of them.
There were some rumors about Michael B. Jordan from Chronicle and Allison Williams from Girls being considered for the roles of human torch and sue storm respectively, but we can’t confirm if they were ever into negotiations. Wait, aren’t Sue and Johnny supposed to be siblings? It would be weird if they cast the roles with people of different races, unless they change it to something like one of them being adopted.
None yet. Watch the trailer for the 1994 Fantastic Four movie instead. Oh, you didn’t know they made one in the 90s? Go read up more about it if you want to feel dead inside.
The Good Stuff?
The FF comics were classic Marvel pulp. They had an uninhibited imagination, a child-like sense of adventure, and it’s a shame that we haven’t yet had a movie to do justice to the source material. Chronicle was good, so if Josh Tank captures the spirit of the comics and utilizes the inherent potential of the property, we might get a decent film.
The Bad Stuff?
They have actually already made a perfect Fantastic Four movie, except it was called The Incredibles.
In a just world we would be getting more sequels to that film instead of these endless reboots.
Our Premature Verdict
It might get upto $500 million if it gets good reviews, but I don’t see it making Avengers cash under any circumstances.