So I remember going to see the Fantastic Four movies of the 00’s. This was before the emergence of Marvel as a superhero movie producing superpowers. Before The Dark Knight set the modern standard of comic hero movies. Those two FF movies were ok. Not as good as say Spider-man, but for a first real time on the big screen, it was worth a trip to the theaters. I guess after the second one just did just ok at the box office, plans for any future ones were put on hold. Which was a shame because it’s commonly felt that the FF team is one of the greatest teams ever assembled. They deserved better treatment.
Which is why I for one was looking forward to this reboot. Fresh young cast, diverse casting (African American Johnny Storm with his adopted Caucasian sister Sue). I was a huge fan of director Josh Trank’s movie Chronicle and felt like this could be a pretty good reboot. While I enjoy the Marvel movies, I tend to prefer the style of the recent DC movies, that darker feel with less comedy. (Just my personal preference.) But as we got closer to the release last week, the bad press/negative reviews were just impossible to ignore. I normally like to formulate my own opinion of something and watch it first, but I admit with that many people saying it’s bad, I walked in with a sour taste in my mouth. And pretty much left the same.
Regardless of the reasons why it was bad; director/studio conflicts, casting, etc., what really irritated me more was the news that came out a few days later. That despite the horrible reviews, an estimated 60 million dollar loss, the studio was still planning to move forward with the previously announce sequel. Wish I could insert the surprised eyes emoji here. I know there are some issues with the rights, since Marvel had given up rights to many franchises years before they began making their own movies. So a FF movie had to be put out for Fox to not lose those rights, and also another sequel within a certain time to maintain them. Newsflash. You have now had three chances to do right by FF. Three strikes and you are OUT! It’s time to pull a Sony and negotiate some kind of deal, split the costs and revenue with Marvel and let them back in to do right by this franchise.
Although I enjoyed the recent Andrew Garfield version of Spider-man, it didn’t perform as well as was hoped. And as popular as Spidey is, Sony had the right idea. Rather than try to keep 100% of a little bit, it’s better to have 50% (or whatever the agreement was for) of a lot, which is exactly what they stand to make. By agreeing to a joint deal with Marvel, bringing Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you just created a WIN WIN WIN situation. Yes that was 3 wins. One for Marvel, one for Sony, and one for the fans!
It’s just crazy how Fox can be doing so well with the X-men and just so bad with FF. But it’s time to stop being greedy, stop putting out low quality material just to hold on to some rights. (And that last part doesn’t just apply to FF, there are a couple of franchises guilty of this too.) Do the right kind of movie and stop tarnishing the good name of characters that are beloved by generations.