Disney and Fox have almost completed the media merger of the century and as the deal moves closer to completion, fans have been going wild with their speculations of how Marvel Studios will make use of all of their newly acquired Marvel characters. For a while, X-Men and Deadpool were the main talking points in this conversation, but now many believe something fantastic could be in the works.
This news has not been confirmed by Disney, but according to wegotthiscovered, sources close to the company have claimed that Marvel Studios has plans for a movie focused on “Marvel’s First Family.” The outlet states the details are “a little vague” but it’s said the film will be based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book series and will feature a team in their 20s or 30s in a cosmic adventure that sees the gang exploring space and the unknown. Additionally, the report also claims that Doctor Doom will not be the villain in the possible new series.
The last time “Fantastic Four” hit the big screen was in 2015 with a release by 20th Century Fox. The film landed with a lot of critical reviews and a disappointing box office return. In fact, it’s been reported the film was the lowest grossing Fantastic Four movie of all time with an estimated $200 million in production, marketing and distribution costs and a lackluster return of $56 million in North America and $111.9 in other territories worldwide.
Rotten Tomatoes gave the film an approval rating of 9% and a weighted average of 3.5/10, stating the film was “dull and downbeat.” Metacritic gave the film a 27 out of 100 with its critics giving the film “generally unfavorable” reviews.
Currently, the idea of Marvel making another “Fantastic Four” film is still only an unconfirmed possibility as Disney/Marvel has not confirmed the project. However, judging by the response of the most recent iteration of the film series, there is a question of whether or not Disney would have reason to attempt the film series again so soon.