It’s no secret that the latest Fantastic Four movie is not being received well by critics or audiences. Earning less than $30 million at the box office this weekend — a figure significantly lower than it’s projected take of between $40 and $50 million — the film is all but certinaly a major flop. If that wasn’t bad enough, Fantastic Four is now also the worst-reviewed Marvel film ever, according to review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.
The film is currently sitting at a dismal 9% approval rating on the site, which puts it below such dismal fare as Elektra (2005 – 10%), Howard The Duck (1986 – 14%), and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012 – 17%). While director Josh Trank notably took to Twitter last week to make excuses for how the final product turned out and actor Miles Teller, who plays Reed Richards in the film, has defended the film by noting that critics are generally not favorable towards superhero films, it’s safe to say that Fantastic Four has turned out worse than anyone could have imagined.
While there is still no news regarding the future of the franchise, it seems likely at this point that Fox won’t be releasing a direct sequel in 2017 as originally planned. Many fans are of course hoping that the Fantastic Four film rights will revert back to Marvel if Fox’s reboot performs poorly enough, but it’s really anyone’s guess at this point as to what will happen to Marvel’s First Family next.