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“Fantstic Four” Fallout

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During its opening weekend, 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four (2015) only made $60.3 million worldwide. To put this failure in perspective, one must consider that in its domestic opening weekend, Ant-Man, a film about the least popular Avenger, made over $57 million. Like Green Lantern, Fantastic Four‘s box office failure proves that audiences will not pay to see just any superhero film.

One of the more embarrassing aspects of this film’s failure is 20th Century Fox’s inability to quench the horrid buzz for this superhero blockbuster. They did not screen Fantastic Four for critics and their review embargo lasted until Thursday. Studios frequently do this when they do not believe a film will do well with critics and they want to alleviate the negative buzz. This ultimately did nothing to quench the horrid word-of-mouth from general audience screenings. Fantastic Four currently has a 4.0 IMDb user rating and a 8% fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating.

In response to the opening weekend numbers, Fox domestic distribution chief Chris Aronson said, “While we’re disappointed, we remain committed to these characters and we have a lot to look forward to in our Marvel universe.” This quote further illustrates that Fox does not know what they are doing with the Fantastic Four characters. They have made four films, one of which was never released in theaters, about the Fantastic Four and all of them are bad films. All of them feature a neutered Dr. Doom and three of them featured a convoluted origin story without enough action sequences. Their latest attempt failed with audiences, critics, and financially. To make a sequel to Fantastic Four would be foolish and to reboot it again would invite further criticism. With this in mind, it is well past time for Fox to sell the rights to Marvel Studios. 2oth Century Fox could use the money they receive from Marvel Studios towards future X-Men and Deadpool films.

Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds).
Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds).

Speaking of Deadpool, rumor has it that Fantastic Four 2 could be replaced by a much more exciting superhero sequel, Deadpool 2. If this rumor is true, then Fox is considering setting Deadpool 2 for release on June 9, 2017. Because I would much rather see a Deadpool Franchise than another Fantastic Four reboot or sequel, I hope this rumor is true!

Given the disastrous performance of Fantastic Four, it is quite likely that another Fantastic Four reboot will occur within the next decade, whether it is from Marvel Studios or 20th Century Fox.

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Would you rather see Deadpool 2 than Fantastic Four 2? Should Fox sell the Fantastic Four film rights back to Marvel Studios?

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