There was a time prior to the ‘Fantastic Four‘ release where I would blog about the smallest updates on the film. I was so confident this reboot would be good, despite all the troubling rumors surrounding it. Then I saw the movie, twice, and couldn’t believe the failure I had witnessed. While others were saying “I told you so“, I was in disbelief.
The ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot was a complete failure. Yet, I was one of those people who thought its cast (Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell) deserved another shot. Even the harshest critics on Rotten Tomatoes will admit how good and talented of a cast this film had. I still believe that given a clean slate, which includes new producers, writers, and a director, a good film can be made. Over the last couple of months Fox has suggested, despite the film’s failure, that a sequel was moving forward as planned. Well, we once hopefuls can forget all about that now.
Fox has quietly removed ‘Fantastic Four 2‘ from its scheduled 2017 release date. This according to “Box Office Mojo”, who tweeted the news earlier.
I guess its time for Fox to give up film rights for yet another comic book property, and give it back to Marvel. Its okay Fox, you had a commendable run with the Fantastic Four property… actually, no you didn’t.
I just remembered how terrible this studio is at making good comic book movies (outside of X-Men, at the moment). Let’s quickly revisit Fox’s record with other comic book properties.
Around a decade ago, Fox single-handedly killed all their comic book properties. It started in ’03 with Daredevil starring Ben Affleck, and then in ’05 with ‘Fantastic Four‘ starring Jessica Alba. Both films showed flashes of decency, but failed on so many levels. Then in ’06, the studio stuck a dagger in the heart of their comic book franchise with ‘X-Men: The Last Stand‘. The film ended what Bryan Singer started for the X-Men franchise in ’00. The final blow for Fox happened in ’07 with ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer‘, which failed miserably, leaving Fox with nothing left to build on. Also, lets not forget their desperate attempt to revive their biggest franchise with ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine‘. Not even the franchise’s biggest star could save that film.
Couple years passed, and Fox seem to have gotten back on track. Although they lost the rights to Daredevil, the studio re-claimed their success, with the two most recent X-Men films (First Class, Days of Future Past). Fox had an opportunity build on that success with the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot, and potentially setup a connected universe similar to Marvel. They had all the right pieces in place for ‘Fantastic Four’, with an up-and-coming director, proven writers, a great producer, and a young hot cast. Then, Fox went back to their old ways and dipped their hands into the script, budget, and production set plans. The rest is history.
Its clear that outside of X-Men this studio has no clue what they’re doing with these Marvel properties. We’ve seen what Daredevil (Netflix) can be when in the right hands, and now its time for Fantastic Four to go back home.