Incredibly, Fantastic Four 2 Still In The Works


The final scene of Fantastic Four left the door wide open for a sequel. The thing is, it’s hard to imagine that anyone would want to walk through that door. Typically, when a movie performs as poorly as Fantastic Four did at the box office and with critics, studios don’t even consider the s-word — meaning sequel.

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Still, things are a little different when super hero movies in general are still hot and the rights to the characters could revert to Marvel without another film to follow, so as unbelievable as it might first seem, Fantastic Four 2 could still happen. At least writer and producer Simon Kinberg hasn’t given up on the idea, telling MTV News that he’s moved on from the train wreck of the first film and wants to make another one.

"Every time you make a movie, you want to make a great movie. It’s a ton of time and effort you put in. We made that movie in the sweltering heat of summer in Baton Rouge and I was there every day of photography. You’re waking up every morning being like, I want to go make a great movie. It was an opportunity to do that. I do believe there is a great ’Fantastic Four’ movie that we’ve made with that cast. So I’m gonna figure out what that is."

He even wants the same cast to return, though it’s certainly an open question whether they’d want to given the possible harm it could to to their careers if Fantastic Four 2 bombs in similar fashion. Recasting would bring its own perils, since new actors would be the third different people to portray the same characters in the space of a decade, and one doubts anyone would have the stomach for another reboot.

Kinberg also suggests that a less turmoil-filled moviemaking process might also be beneficial, almost blaming the press for some of the difficulties that Fantastic Four experienced.

"I’ve been on plenty of happy movies that don’t turn out to be very good movies, I’ve been on a lot of unhappy, difficult sets that turn out to be great movies. There was a lot of attention on the process of making that movie. It’s hard, when you’re making a movie, movies are hard to make. It’s just the reality."

Might I suggest a director who’s less of a drama magnet than Josh Trank? I’m not sure if it’s admirable or sad that Kinberg and Fox would push on, but at least there’s nowhere to go but up if Fantastic Four 2 is a thing (no pun intended) that will arrive in our theaters in 2017.

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