The Fantastic Four reboot sequel might not happen, despite the optimistic expectation at Fox Studios. For many fans, this could be the beginning of great news.
The original Fantastic Four shown in theaters had been a relatively successful and fun romp, focusing on a tight-knit “family” of scientists who gain powers through a space anomaly. The biggest problems stemmed from the casting of Jessica Alba as the genius Invisible Woman, and the fact that Dr. Doom (Julian McMahon) was barely given any screen time as one of the most iconic villains in Marvel history. Much like its sequel, half of the movie’s action was basically the four stopping disasters that they mostly started.
The second film was a letdown, as Silver Surfer (Lawrence Fishburne) was barely given any screen time, and Galactus was given the most anti-climactic ending imaginable for a planet destroying villain.
Now with the failure of the Fantastic Four reboot to earn enough to justify a sequel, it seems Fox has taken the movie off its release schedule, as reported by Box Office Mojo. For now, the film is slated as TBD (to be determined), which, after having once had a proposed release date, probably means they’re likely to cancel it.
Wired stated that the reboot was made for a sum of $120 million, and only made about $30 million over that in box-office sales. This is not including the cost of advertising, meaning that Fox actually lost money making it. After their confident projections showed a decent profit, apparently the film fell victim to word of mouth among disappointed fans and scathing reviews from critics.
This proves that if you don’t want some types of movies to be made, not paying to see them is an effective way to tell the studio to stop. The overall lack of profit may have gotten the Fantastic Four reboot sequel canceled.
Could this also mean that Fox may finally give up the movie rights and hand them to Marvel? Fans might not care either way by now, having seen two theatrical attempts fail to make them happy. Many of them simply don’t want to see another attempt.
With the Marvel cinematic universe constantly expanding and possibly continuing well past the 2020 release dates, we may finally have a version of Fantastic Four from the same people who brought us Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There is also the possibility that Silver Surfer, Doctor Doom, and several other characters connected to the team could make appearances in further collaborative films. The possible loss of a Fantastic Four reboot sequel may be a healthy shot in the proverbial arm after the Marvel cinematic universe closes in on a confrontation with Thanos.
— GameSpot (@gamespot) November 25, 2015
Perhaps after Thanos, we’ll have Silver Surfer telling the Avengers that another great threat is upon us, and we’ll finally see a worthy appearance by Galactus? If this is true, we could have Marvel films for at least one more phase, meaning several positives coming from the loss of the Fantastic Four reboot sequel.
According to GameSpot, Fantastic Four 2 had been given a release date of June 9, 2017. Director Josh Trank had allegedly been in so many disagreements over the film that he had taken to Twitter to say the new Fantastic Four was not his version of the movie shortly before removing the post.
This sounds like the same thing that happened to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. Sony and Sam hadn’t seen eye to eye, and the film ended up being bad enough to require a reboot.
If the Fantastic Four reboot sequel has been canceled, would you like to see Marvel get the movie rights back for their own turn?
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