Can the MCU Finally Give the Fantastic Four the Movie They Deserve?

This weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con has been chock-full of exciting news. In addition to Natalie Portman taking on the role of Thor and brand new Blade series, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige announced that the Fantastic Four are getting another movie.

Though the Fantastic Four are beloved comic-book characters, the attempts to bring them to the big screen have been notoriously unsuccessful. In 2005, the first film series based on the characters was a box office flop, despite all-star cast Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis. The follow-up, Fantastic Four; Rise of the Silver Surfer was equally disappointing. Another Fantastic Four film was attempted in 2015, directed by Josh Trank and starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. Sadly, this version was even more poorly received. It currently has a rating of 9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Yikes.

The casting and release date for the forthcoming adaptation has yet to be revealed, but fans have high hopes that Marvel can do it justice. In case you’ve forgotten (or blocked out the films from your consciousness), the Fantastic Four is an, obviously, four-person superhero team: Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), can stretch and contort; Invisible Woman (Sue Storm), can, you know, make herself invisible; the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), who can turn himself into flames; and the Thing (Ben Grimm), who’s made entirely of a rock-like substance and possesses superhero strength.

Hopefully, Marvel can lift the apparent curse of the Fantastic Four franchise and bring fans the film adaptation they deserve.

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