Fox being limited to two Marvel properties doesn’t give them much room to play around with as opposed to their competitors Marvel Studios. Unless they can map out their cinematic universe or make a deal like Sony did with Marvel, then Fox is relegated to using just the Fantastic Four and X-Men properties. The former had a reboot recently, which just tanked at the box office and was panned by critics and audiences alike. Then, Fantastic Four‘s director Josh Trank came out a day before the film’s release criticizing Fox for their interference and claiming the studio prevented everyone from seeing his vision of the film. Days later, numerous production problems were revealed, and that Trank tried to control what the cast would say during the film’s press junket. Even a major scene that was shown in trailers was omitted from the final cut.
With Fantastic Four earning a bad reputation and low grossing box office numbers, it was almost certain that there was going to be no sequel. But leave it to Simon Kinberg to hold on hope. While helping promote The Martian at the Toronto International Film Festival, the producer talked about being “really focused” on making a “second one.” More on the possibility of Fantastic Four 2 in the story below.
Kinberg talked to MTV about the chance of a Fantastic Four 2,
“I’m really focused on the next one “¦We’re figuring out what that movie would be.”
So that is either really encouraging news for fans of the reboot or Kinberg really thinks he has something special. To which he addressed if the cast would or would not be returning,
“I do believe there is a great ‘Fantastic Four’ movie that we’ve made with that cast. So I’m gonna figure out what that is “¦ I’d like that to happen.”
Kate Mara, who also stars in The Martian, had a less than optimistic response about her return as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four 2,
“[It’s] unlikely that [a sequel] will happen, but I would love to [do one]. I would love to play Sue Storm in a movie that everybody loves. That would be great.”
Notice her use of the words “in a movie that everybody loves” — that’s telling.
In regards to the audience reaction, Kinberg acknowledged that the film had its share of difficulties both on during production and during its theatrical release.
“I’ve been on plenty of happy movies that don’t turn out to be very good movies, I’ve been on a lot of unhappy, difficult sets that turn out to be great movies,” he said. “There was a lot of attention on the process of making that movie. It’s hard, when you’re making a movie, movies are hard to make. It’s just the reality.”
At least he is willing to admit there were issues. But the main focus here is that Kinberg really wants to get the ball rolling on Fantastic Four 2. This probably has to do something with the rumor that X-Men and Fantastic Four could cross over. Remember, Kinberg is a producer on both of those franchises, so it’s no surprise that he wants to try to replicate the same success that Marvel is having with the MCU by creating his own shared universe using the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters.