The strange case of the failure of The Fantastic Four

As a community, we love movie franchises. Just look at the resounding success of any of the Batman Series or cultural juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Indeed, the latter has become a part of everyday life, unleashing sensations on both large and small screens, and becoming part of the fabric of everyday society, like Twitter, Amazon or electricity itself.

We can rest assured that if the MCU were to halt production, millennials, Gen-Z and Gen-Alphas wouldn’t know what to do with themselves. We will stay with kids, teens and adults without their favorite and easily accessible escape.

The MCU has shown all other production houses how to properly operate the franchises, as there have, over the years, been many failures that have attempted to establish a film dynasty in a way star Wars The first time was in the late seventies. While there were many awesome perks like vampireAnd twilight and the forked a series; There’s one that’s been done two and a half times that fails miserably on every occasion but looks set to be given another chance, which is pretty cool. To many, it is as if this particular series is cursed, doomed (pardon the word game) to live only as words and graphics.

A staple in the Marvel comics, the case The Magnificent Four The failure is an odd thing, because its characters and stories are some of the most well-known in the entirety of the publishing house’s extensive canon. The reason I say it was made two and a half times is because the first, which came in 1994, is only half a measure.

In 1986, Bernd Ischinger of Constantin Films acquired the rights to Marvel’s The Fantastic Four, and in 1992, in order to preserve the rights, he recruited Roger Corman to make a low-budget film, starring Alex Hyde-White and Jay Underwood. In 1994, his trailer was released in theaters, and the actor and director took a promotional tour; However, the film never saw the light of day.

In the following years, Stan Lee and Ischinger, the masterminds of Marvel’s Fantastic Four, revealed that the cast was unaware of the situation, believing they were set for an actual movie, as any actor would normally do. Subsequently, Marvel Comics bought the negative again in order to allow 20th Century Fox to produce a big-budget adaptation, with Constantin participating, leading many to accuse the 1994 production of being an Ashcan version.

This set the scene for the two-movie franchise released in the 2000s, which was a commercial success, but was critically criticized across the board. Starring Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, and Ewan Groffwood, the first installment, the amazing four, It was released in 2005 and grossed $333.5 million at the box office. Follow it up, 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), although not as commercially successful as its predecessor, earned $301.9 million.

What’s interesting about this movie duo is that 20th Century Fox was upset with the box office performance silver surfer, So plans for a third movie and a spin-off for Silver Surfer were packaged. It makes you wonder exactly what the studio was hoping for in terms of commercial performance, as the films were successful, but for anyone with eyes, it clearly had a cash cap. Not because the audience’s appetite measures unbridled success, but because they are terrible films. Simple and clear.

Then we have the abomination that was The Fantastic Four, 2015’s attempt by 20th Century Fox to revive the franchise with a new team. Based on subject matter, the movie starred The Man of the Hour, Miles Teller, as well as Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell, and on paper, it looked like it would beat the number one franchise in terms of acting quality.

Written by Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg, with previous credits on the latter X-Men And Sherlock Holmes From the films, it also sure seemed to have a much better quality screenplay than its predecessors. But this hope was in vain. The Fantastic Four It failed miserably commercially and critically, and many would even argue that it ranks as one of the worst films ever made. This couldn’t be further from what 20th Century Fox wanted. Appropriately, plans for a 2017 sequel were quickly canceled, and that was for 20th Century Fox and The Fantastic Four.

In 2017, Disney agreed to $52.4 billion to acquire 21st Century Fox and its subsidiary 20th Century Fox. Shortly after the news broke, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced plans to finally integrate The Fantastic Four into the MCU alongside the X-Men and Deadpool, in what to many seemed to be the final piece of the puzzle in terms of classic Marvel characters. . Introduced to Disney World. On December 10, 2020, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that the Fantastic Four is in development and that John Watts is the director and man behind their huge success. Spider Man Movies starring Tom Holland.

Then it begs the question of whether the MCU iteration of The Fantastic Four will be a success. Given his ever-expanding trajectory, one might argue that he would be as successful as all the films he’s already released under his massive umbrella. They clearly have a plan to bring Mister Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Thing and The Human Torch to life, and if they get the right acting and script, they have the budget to do what 20th Century Fox couldn’t: comedic justice while giving a twist. Fresh on the iconic quartet of superheroes.

However, it appears that The Fantastic Four aren’t the most marketable Marvel superhero, which slightly explains why previous attempts to revive the story somehow failed. I’d argue the highlight of the story is the villain, Doctor Doom, who ranks among Stan Lee’s most sinister characters, but in terms of heroes, they’re pretty vanilla when compared to the more violent likes of Wolverine, Deadpool’s comedic turns and the gigantic power of The Hulk.

There’s also a case to be made for the fact that 20th Century Fox’s mods weren’t nearly as dark as they should have been, so we can only hope that the MCU has noticed every aspect of what went wrong in the previous films. They removed the sugary coating that had caused their destruction.

Are The Fantastic Four Cursed When It Comes To Movies? Perhaps, but with a little care, it has the potential to become one of the best-loved parts of Phase 4 of the MCU. I’m half expecting to pick this issue back up whenever the movie is eventually released, but I’m just hoping the MCU will prove me wrong.

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