It’s no question that 2015’s Fantastic Four was poor, and even its main actors have spoken on the former. Surprisingly though, even though the movie was negatively praised by both critics and fans, and with a less-than-average box office turnout, the film’s crew and cast are in high hopes for a sequel. In a recent interview with JoBlo via Screenrant, Miles Teller spoke on returning for a possible Fant4stic 2, comparing it to The Avengers:
“Yeah, for sure. I loved the cast, I loved the characters. I think it’s such an interesting dynamic. I love how much they really need to rely on each other. This Avengers thing, they’ve kind of created their own Fantastic Four in a way, Marvel’s first family. Their powers can’t just exist on their own, you need Thor to do this, the Hulk to do his thing. So yeah, absolutely, I would do another one.”
“Obviously you learn more as you go on; for me I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I’ve been able to work in pretty much every genre.”
But Should There Be A Fantastic Four Sequel?
The answer is no… and yes. Right now, Marvel and Fox’s relationship is in all essence of the word: Fantastic. The two powerhouses are now working together in producing FX’s Legion, a television series based on a mutant with incredible reality-altering powers. This change in harmony is what could ultimately bring Marvel’s first family back home, something that recently happened with Spider-Man. The Spider-Man deal not only favored Marvel, but Sony as well. Even though Sony’s new Spider-Man franchise with Andrew Garfield as the web-head was a financial success and had mixed reviews, the studio went forward in relinquishing the rights of Spider-Man, giving Marvel complete creative control on the web-slinger, a surprising move indeed. With overall positive reception on the new Tom Holland Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, and what’s looking to be a massive success: next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony is in for a party.
So why can’t the same happen for the Fantastic Four? Fox would not be giving up a billion-dollar franchise and they wouldn’t have to keep making Fantastic Four movies for the sake of just making them (Fox has to make Fantastic Four movies every couple of years to maintain the film rights). A Fantastic Four sequel should definitely happen, as long as both Marvel and Fox extend their collaboration to the big screen project. Does this mean we’ll see Miles Teller and the rest of 2015's Fantastic Four cast back? That’s certainly a no.
Marvel And Re-Casting
One thing we know of Marvel Studios’ creative process is that they like new faces, as well as making their own deals with actors. If the Fantastic Four’s movie rights revert back to Marvel, then re-casting for the Four will most definitely happen (as happened with Spider-Man). As much as some people loved the 2015 cast dynamic of Fant4stic — or not — bringing that cast back now is impossible, especially since the Human Torch is now Erik Killmonger. This doesn’t mean we can’t see Miles Teller in the MCU, as Marvel could just cast him for another role. Coming out of promoting his new movie, War Dogs, Miles Teller is an actor of tremendous caliber and one that is currently rising.
In fact, all of the main cast of 2015’s Fantastic Four, after the negatively-praised movie have gone to appear in various hit films and soon-to-be blockbusters. Michael B. Jordan starred in Creed and now is a main villain in Marvel’s Black Panther. Kate Mara starred in The Martian alongside Matt Damon and now will star in the horror thriller Morgan this year. Toby Kebbell starred in this year’s Warcraft and will appear as the main antagonist in Ben Hur, as well as appearing in A Monster Calls late this year. Miles Teller himself as previously mentioned is starring in this year’s War Dogs alongside Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill, as well as starring in Bleed For This, portraying legendary boxer Vinny Paz. So could the rest of these actors follow Michael B. Jordan to the MCU? I definitely hope so.
If you could cast Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Toby Kebell in the MCU, what roles would you give them? Leave your thoughts down in the comments!