Tuesday, August 11, 2015
We look at the options available to Fox as the studio circles the wagons.
Story by Matt CummingsIt's clear that 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four is a bomb of epic proportions, led by a series of creative disasters and poor decision-making that turned into the worst-reviewed comic book movie ever. Its second-place box office debut this weekend sends a stunning message: not all superhero movies are alike, and no comic book franchise can simply throw together a Frankenstein-ed plot, fill it with substandard acting, and then take away the director's creative control and still expect audiences to attend. This sort of Box Office Roulette does have an end game, as Fox now circles the wagons in a desperate attempt to figure out what's next, going so far as to hand out surveys to those few who've seen it, hoping to glean some insight. What options do they have? SJF weighs several possibilities. Give/Sell Fantastic Four Back to Marvel Infinity War in 2018/2019 - it might be the most likely. There's a nasty admission tucked into that interesting idea: FF is not good enough on its own. At this point, we'd have to swallow that bitter pill, because they are in fact not good enough in their current configuration. This is where the Galactus storyline becomes more plausible, allowing the team to debate the ethics of mutanthood with Wolverine and Professor X, all while battling one another Avengers-style before coming together to save the day. But the risk is also great: what if their appearance pulls down the now solidly improving X-Men franchise, which has become bolstered via two great recent films, First Class and Days of Future Past. But if fans get a good team up, they're more likely to forget the situation which created the need in the first place. Partner with Marvel/Disney ala Spider-man Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.