Although comic book movies are flooding cinemas now more than ever, it’s probably safe to assume that fans are satisfied more often than not when they leave theaters. One exception to the rule, however, is that of the Fantastic Four franchise, which has thrice failed to resonate with audiences at large.
Sure, some of you out there can likely make a few decent arguments in favor of Tim Story’s films, but odds are that many will spew obscene amounts of venom at the 2015 reboot, which happened to be both a commercial and critical failure. One common complaint was that several action scenes included in TV spots were nowhere to be found in the theatrical cut, prompting Steve Weintraub to ask producer Simon Kinberg if an alternate cut will ever see the light of day:
“I don’t know the answer to that in terms of whether or not fans will ever see it. I think B-roll is probably the place where they will see it. And for us, it’s in the past in the sense of lessons learned and we would love to make another Fantastic Four movie. We really believe in that cast, and I think the lessons that we learned would help us make a more consistent movie than we did the first time.”
Another question on Weintraub’s mind was whether Fox has to pump out another movie soon in order to retain the film rights, to which Kinberg answered:
“I have no idea. I think the truth is we would not make another Fantastic Four movie until it was ready to be made. One of the lessons we learned on that movie is that we want to make sure we get it 100% right, because we will not get another chance with the fans.”
Although Kinberg seems sincere in his statement, one has to wonder if anyone wants to see another Fantastic Four movie unless the rights revert to Marvel Studios. Let’s face it, we all know the “three strikes and you’re out” adage, and that certainly applies here. Not only did Marvel’s First Family fail to catch on on the big screen with each attempt, but Fox would also be faced with rebooting Doctor Doom yet again because, to be quite honest, you can’t dance around him. Not only is he a quintessential villain, but he’s also a key member of the supporting cast. As such, you run the risk of turning off fans by subjecting them to the same battle over and over.
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