I know, I know, bashing on 20th Century Fox’s most recent version of ‘The Fantastic Four‘ has been done to death in the year since its release, but, it seems that one of the producers of the entire ‘X-Men’ universe (and one of the producers of the ‘Fantastic Four’ movie) has finally come out and shared his opinion on the project, and spoken about what the future might hold for Marvel’s first family.
Recently Simon Kinberg appeared on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast and talked about the failures of the movie and what he and 20th Century Fox learned from the venture:
“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. I think the biggest takeaway for me [is that] the tone of the movie, while really interesting and ambitious, ran counter to the DNA of the source material. 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.”
As for the future of the series, and whether or not the characters will ever interact with the ‘X-Men’ or ‘Deadpool,’ Kinberg at least seems optimistic that the ‘Fantastic Four’ heroes are not dead just yet.
“It’s a big part of the plan going forward. Like I say, the biggest lesson learned is that Fantastic Four is a great comic book that has its own tone and voice, and we need to let that lead us… I would love to continue making movies with that cast.”
The new question of course is, do they reboot it (again!) or do they start fresh with the actors they have as a kind of soft-reboot, changing up director, writers, and tone for the series, in the hopes that in a second movie they might be able to get it all right. It is risky as they will somehow have to convince audiences to give the franchise and the cast another chance, and audiences may not flock to cinemas to see another middling ‘Fantastic Four’ movie, especially if they have already been burned 3 times by the drivel 20th Century Fox has pushed out for these characters. But, the ‘Fantastic Four’ do have some amazing side-characters and villains (Galactus, Silver Surfer, Kang the Conqueror, just to name a few) that it would be awesome if they could get the franchise off the ground just so we could see those characters realized on the big screen.
What are your thoughts on the future of the ‘Fantastic Four?’ Would you go see another movie with the same actors? Share your opinions in the comments below!