To say the Fantastic Four haven’t had much luck at the box office is putting it mildly — there have been three attempts so far at translating Marvel’s First Family to screen, the first of them so cheap and rushed that it entered bad movie infamy and its existence eventually became a plot point on Arrested Development. But now that Disney solidly owns the property, they can establish some quality control and push out the first non-embarrassing F4 adaption in history.
It’s not always a good idea to announce a release schedule that stretches out for years. The more you promise, the harder it is to commit, and you have no real way of knowing the future. It was only a few months ago that Disney unloaded a massive Marvel Movie release plan that stretched through much of the coming decade, and now for unexplained reasons they’re revising those plans.
Marvel Studios revealed its release plans for the next three years today, and went beyond just the usual conference call or press release…they sent out a three-minute trailer, scored by the familiar opening theme, full of classic clips from movies past (including an audience reaction video) and narrated by a Stan Lee recording. The whole production is intended as one big, giant “WELCOME BACK TO THE THEATERS” sign. (You got the vaccine, right?)
Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe happened, superhero movies were anything but a sure thing. Knowing this, Marvel decided to sell rights of certain characters to certain studios. This is how we got the Blade Trilogy, Spider-Man quintet, the X-Men Saga, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and of course, the Fantastic Four films. However, unlike many of those films, the Fantastic Four has suffered the most because of the rights not being with Marvel. So much so that Marvel cancelled the ongoing comic, which was the longest running comic in the Marvel comics franchise.
Arguably one of the best comic book series that has come out recently is Legion. The tale of the son of Professor Xavier arrived on FX in grand fashion, and its first season stunned a lot of people with just how good it was. So, at San Diego Comic Con the cast and crew took the stage to talk about things involving Legion Season 02. For example, would Professor X ever show up? According to them, they’re working on it.
The Bill Simmons Podcast recently interviewed actor and star of Creed and Fantastic Four, Michael B. Jordan. Creed, which stars Jordan in the Rocky franchise spinoff, is getting a lot of positive feedback right now. The film is even receiving some Oscar buzz. In addition, Creed also appears to be performing well at the box office so far. For Jordan, it’s a nice recovery after the low depths of the Fantastic Four franchise reboot from last August, which was both a critical and financial flop. Talking to Bill Simmons, Jordan discussed what he took away from the learning experience of working on Fantastic Four.
As we get farther and farther away from the flop of the recent reboot of Fantastic Four, more and more people are coming to terms with how bad it was, including those who acted in the film. Toby Kebbell, who played Doctor Doom in the film, talked with IGN and discussed strongly about how he felt about the film.
Though Simon Kinberg has many successful products under his belt, including the revitalized X-Men franchise, he did serve as the producer of the reboot of Fantastic Four, which failed horribly. The Hollywood Reporter talked to him about this, and asked him about his loyalty to the film given his numerous projects.
Ok, so it’s been official for a while, but the recent Fantastic Four film is a major flop. It’s been in theaters for over a month and has only grossed $55 million domestically. For comparison, Ant-Man did $60 million its first weekend.
It’s hard to think of the recent Fantastic Four movie as anything but a failure. In reviews, revenue, and reception, the film has been an unmitigated failure. However, it’s almost ironic that this most almost became an entire different film. Chronicle writer Max Landis at one point had a different pitch of Fantastic Four to Fox, and he even wrote 50 pages of the script before Fox said they were going in a different direction. Landis later posted four pages of his script on Twitter. Landis chatted with The Daily Beast and let them know his vision for a trilogy of Fantastic Four films.
The fallout from the less than expected premiere of the Fantastic Four reboot is still underway. In case you didn’t hear, Fantastic Four only made $25.7 million dollars when it opened at the box office this weekend. This is a huge blow to 20th Century Fox in many ways. This was its chance to have two high-grossing Marvel properties going on at the same time. If that had happened, a rumored crossover between the two would’ve made for potentially even more revenue. With this low result, that seems even more unlikely now than it did before.
After basically a year of bad vibes, controversial news, and fear of the worst, the worst has indeed come to pass for 20th Century Fox’s cinematic Fantastic Four reboot. Following numerous bad reviews, with the best saying it was mediocre at best, Fantastic Four has failed at the box office, only grossing $26.2 million dollars over the weekend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film came in only second place behind Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.