Kevin Feige Confirms No Plans for Fantastic Four

06/17/2017

It looks as if fans shouldn’t expect to see the Fantastic Four show up in the MCU anytime soon.

 

The Fantastic Four franchise seems doomed to an eternity of wasted potential, churning out reboot after reboot in order to keep the iconic comic book characters in the hands of 20th Century Fox. There in fact have been whispers of a possible sequel for some time, producer Simon Kinberg, who worked on the much despised and troubled 2015 reboot, has previous expressed a desire to do a follow-up with the same cast and a “brighter and funnier” tone. Fox, though originally scheduling a date for a sequel, opted not to move forward and are in no hurry to make further films.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige was talking to AlloCiné on Facebook about the MCU and once more shot down the suggestion that something is happening...

“[We have] no plans with the Fantastic Four right now. No discussions about it.”

That’s not really a surprise. Last fall, Feige said it would be an “impossibility” for Marvel and Fox to work together on Fantastic Four or X-Men, though for the latter possibility, the producer seems to have gained a sunnier outlook about its chance in the intervening months.

“My goal is to replicate the experience that comic book fans have reading the books [where characters crossover] up on the screen and we’ve been able to accomplish that beyond my wildest dreams over the last ten years,” he told Perception last fall. “And certainly, including Spidey in ‘Civil War,’ in the upcoming ‘Infinity War,’ is yet another dream that I didn’t even dare to talk about publicly because I thought the odds of it were very slim. So, no plans beyond that for the few remaining characters that aren’t already in the MCU but never say never. Who knows what can happen in the future?”

The recent reboot of the FF for Fox from 2015, starring Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and directed by Josh Trank didn’t just disappoint, it mega-bombed. If comic book movies like Green Lantern and The Incredible Hulk are considered flops that killed those franchises dead in their tracks, each of those films still made over $100 million domestic. FF made $50 million total, a true embarrassment for a superhero movie with the Marvel pedigree in this day and age.

If you're a fan of Fantastic Four, this is not good news, because along with Fox's apparent uncertainty over the future of the property, it doesn't sound like we will get to see a new film any time soon. It will have to happen at some point, given the rules governing rights-holding, as Fox will be compelled to make something in fear of the rights reverting back to Marvel, but it doesn't sound very positive.