Now, considering the movie's widely-reported box-office failure, the news that a hugely busy 92-year-old man hasn't gotten around to seeing Fantastic Four yet might not actually seem all that surprising. After all, given that the movie hasn't actually been seen by the vast majority of the US public, its lack of traction with the elderly demographic seems utterly plausible, and almost inevitable.
On the other hand, when the 92-year-old man in question not only co-created the original Fantastic Four comic book, but spent much of his time in the lead-up to the film's release cheer-leading for it, it's perhaps a little more on the shocking side...
Yup, that's right:
Stan Lee Still Hasn't Seen Fantastic Four
As he told Larry King during a recent interview on Ora.tv, when asked about his thoughts on the movie:
"I haven't seen it yet, so I really can't comment."
"Well, it was probably because I didn't have a cameo in it, and they didn't discuss the story with me..."
Which...could well be a joke, but could also hold a whole lot more genuine upset than it might initially seem to. Especially since, when asked whether superhero movies are alienating viewers by rebooting too rapidly, Lee responded:
"That may be true."
After all, there aren't too many people out there who'll have been more hurt (on a personal level, at any rate) by the box-office failure of Fantastic Four than Lee, who's long spoken of Marvel's first family with the hushed reverence of a man who knows he created something legendary.
Was his decision to skip the movie, then, perhaps less indicative of Lee thinking the movie would suck, and more just him saving himself the heartbreak of spending two hours in the company of a version of his beloved creations that fans don't seem to like all that much?
What do you think?