Fantastic Four was a pretty bad movie, something that producer Simon Kinberg is more than willing to own up to. Still, as the X-Men: Apocalypse writer explained to Den Of Geek recently, he would love to take another crack at the whole thing.
“We didn’t make a good movie, and the world voted, and I think they probably voted correctly. And you can’t make a good movie every time out – not everybody does. We actually have a pretty good batting average, all things considered. But I think we made many mistakes when we made that movie – mistakes that we learned from and we wouldn’t repeat.”
“We want to make another Fantastic Four movie.”
According to Kinberg, Fox is open to the idea of giving the series another chance and are even willing to do so with the same cast as the first movie. However, if Fantastic Four 2 does move forward, it will do so without the darkness of director Josh Trank’s film.
“We’ll try to be truer to the essence of the tone of Fantastic Four, which is completely – well, not completely, but largely – distinct from the X-Men, which is brighter, funner, more optimistic tone. I think we tried to make a darker Fantastic Four movie, which seemed like a radical idea but we were kind of messing with the DNA of the actual comic instead of trusting the DNA of the comic.”
That quote is a bit confusingly worded, but it sounds like Kinberg is referring to Fantastic Four as the “brighter, funner, more optimistic” property, which seems like the best direction to go after the last film failed to pull audiences in with its darker aesthetic.
It’s hard not to get the feeling that it would be a mistake for Fox to go ahead with Fantastic Four 2, as there just doesn’t seem to be much demand for another film produced by the studio at this point. The best option, at least for the franchise, is arguably for Fox and Marvel to strike a deal much like the one between the latter and Sony on Spider-Man: Homecoming. After all, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is full of bright, fun films, and it would be fitting to see Marvel’s First Family make a return to the fold in live aciton.