Over the past few years, cinematic adaptations of superhero comics have thrived, providing some of the biggest commercial and critical success stories in the industry. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has singlehandedly exceeded $10 billion following the release of Civil War, joining 2016's rich superhero lineup of Deadpool, Batman v Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad and Doctor Strange.
But not everyone can come out on top. Although Fox had an unexpected and unprecedented triumph with Deadpool, the reception of another of their Marvel properties, Fantastic Four, couldn't be further away from Wade Wilson's foul-mouthed hit.
After Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), the franchise was rebooted last year. All the signs were promising — the cast in particular included a who's who of upcoming Hollywood starlets: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell (disguised as The Thing) all had leading roles.
Yet the film bombed massively, returning just $168 million from a $120 million budget, as well as receiving appalling reviews (currently at 9% on Rotten Tomatoes) directed at the film's special effects, lack of character development and unconventional dark tone.
Was The Film Too Dark?
The movie's writer, Simon Kinberg, has a strong background having written three X-Men films, including Apocalypse, and helped to produce Fox's successful Deadpool. In short, he knows a thing or two about superheroes. During an interview for the Happy Sad Confused podcast, he has spoken out about why he believes the film didn't perform. He said:
"I don’t think that there is — in any movie that doesn’t work — a single decision that is the reason that that movie doesn’t work. I think that there were many decisions we made along the way that led to a movie that people didn’t like and to a movie that I would do differently next time."
When elaborating on what those mistakes could've been, Kinberg highlighted the tone of the movie, stating that although "interesting and ambitious," it was "counter to the DNA" of the comic book series the film was based on. He added:
"I think the source material of 'Fantastic Four' is bright, optimistic, poppy in tone. There’s a sort of plucky spirit to those characters and we made a darker, sort of body-horror kind of version of Fantastic Four, which again, as I say it now, sounds really interesting and cerebrally ambitious, but isn’t necessarily Fantastic Four."
A Big Part Of Fox's Upcoming Plans
Although it's intriguing to see someone so closely involved explain the undercurrent of the film's disappointing final product, Kinberg made further comments that are even more interesting. It looks like, despite three attempts without an actual hit, the superhero team will be staying with Fox. The 42-year-old revealed:
"It’s [Fantastic Four] a big part of [Fox’s superhero] plan going forward. I would love to continue making movies with that cast."
Could Fox Team Up With Marvel?
The news is contrary to early actions from Fox, who originally removed a summer 2017 sequel from their slate. However, Kinberg's comments elaborate on earlier interviews, suggesting Fox will go ahead with Fantastic Four 2.
Kinberg's desire to see the cast return will be helped by the superhero stamp of a multi-picture deal, confirmed by Mara and Teller prior to the film's release. With an A-list ensemble but lack of direction, Fox may take heed from Sony, and thrash out a joint ownership deal with Marvel Studios. They aren't too bad at this superhero spiel, after all.
Listen to the full interview below:
X-Men: Apocalypse is in theaters now. But you already knew that, right?
What didn't you like about Fantastic Four? And are Fox right to take another shot at the franchise?
Via: Comic Book Movie