ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

If Fox was hoping some positive buzz in the final week leading up to the release of it's "Fantastic Four" (in name only, hereafter referred to as FFINO) film would help negate a lot of the negativity the film has received since it's inception, they were in rude awakening.

The headlines in the past few days have almost all been uniformly negative.

First., the media made a big deal over Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mare being asked supposedly "racist" and "sexist" questions. Which is ridiculous and in any event, overshadowed whatever message they were trying to get out about FFINO.

There was the statement by "FFINO" writer/producer Simon Kinberg in which he didn't say the film was "Mind-blowing" or a "great, fun movie that will blow you away"...but instead gave it the high praise of "It's not a disaster".

Uh, who said it WAS a disaster, sir? Project much?

Perhaps most damning of all is the fact that Fox is not lifting their embargo on reviews for "FFINO" until, basically, it is already out and they can do less damage. Which does not seem to be an indicator that Fox has faith in "FFINO" and perhaps knows it's terrible.

Perhaps most ridiculous of all, we got this gem from Miles Teller:

After stating that none of the cast has even seen "FFINO" - another sure sign of quality - Teller spewed this gem:

"Rarely are films of this size critically well received," he said. "This is not a movie we're going to go on Rotten Tomatoes and it's going to be at 80 or 90 per cent."

Uh, is he joking? Films the "size" of "FFINO" rarely get critically well-received? It is a preposterous statement, devoid of anything resembling reality.

For starters, "Mad Max: Fury Road" is certainly a "Big" movie and was the best reviewed film of the summer, scoring a 98% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film that looks like it will eat the lunch of "FFINO", "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation", has a 93% Fresh rating - and that's a pretty big film, too.

Another superhero film, "Ant-Man", just missed Teller's threshold, with a 79% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Uh, that's pretty well-received.

Not far behind are two blockbusters that epitome "big-budget spectacle". "Avengers; Age of Ultron" was reviewed well enough to snag a 74% Fresh rating, while "Jurassic World" garnered 71%.

Just sticking with films based on Marvel properties, 39 have been released since "Howard the Duck" hit in 1986 and an impressive 27 of them have received over 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, beginning with 54% for "Blade".

"Blade II" received 57%, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" received 53% and even "X-Men: The Last Stand" received 58%.

That means 23 films based on Marvel properties have received 60% or above.

Ang Lee's "Hulk" scored 61%; "Spider-Man 3" scored 63%; "Thor" The Dark World" scored 66% and "The Incredible Hulk" scored 67%.

That means an impressive 19 films based on Marvel characters score 70% or higher.

"The Wolverine was considered 70% Fresh; "Iron Man 2" 72%, "The Amazing Spider-Man" 72%, the original "Thor" 77%; "Captain America: The First avenger" 79%; "Iron Man 3" 79% and the aforementioned "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 74% and "Ant-Man" 79%.

That means an impressive total of 11 "big' Marvel movies have scored 80% or better ON Rotten Tomatoes.

The original "X-Men" film scored 81%; "X2: X-Men United" 86% and "X-Men: First Class" 87%, while 3 reached 89%, missing 90% by a whisker: "Spider-Man", "Big Hero 6" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".

That leaved the cream of the crop, the FIVE Marvel-based films that cleared 90% on Rotten Tomatoes: "Spider-Man 2" with 93%; "X-Men: Days of Future Past" with 91%; "Guardians of the Galaxy" with 91%; "Marvel's The Avengers" with 92% and the original "Iron Man" with 94%.

That's not even including films like "The Matrix" and "Lord of the Rings" that have been VERY well-received.

Sorry, Teller, but your built-in excuse for why "FFINO" is likely to get savaged by critics just doesn't fly.


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