“We Want to Get This Right”: ‘Fantastic 4’ Star Speaks Out

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The official cast announcement of Fantastic Four, featuring everyone enjoying themselves in a living room

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If you’ve been keeping up with some of Marvel Studios’ recent developments, you’ll know that the MCU is getting ready for a massive shakeup. After an underwhelming season of superhero fatigue, the brand is getting back to the classics with some familiar faces, including Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four.

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It’s been years since fans have been treated to a tried-and-true adaptation of Stan Lee’s original superhero team. Still, Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm will once again turn into Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing in their debut entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Fantastic Four (2025).

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Given Marvel’s recent track record with entries like The Marvels (2023) and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) performing poorly at the box office, many fans are wary about another team of heroes smashing their way into the theaters again. However, those fears may be soon quelled as one of the newest members of the Marvel Multiverse speaks out to reassure potential fans.

Flame On!: Human Torch Shares ‘Fantastic Four’ Update

Joseph Quinn smiling at a fan convention, Human Torch smiling on a 'Fantastic Four' poster
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Known perhaps most famously for his time as Eddie Munson on Netflix’s Stranger Things, Joseph Quinn recently shared an update on the production. Amidst fears of superhero fatigue and yet another disappointing adaptation of the team (such as the 2015 adaptation), the actor shared the following with Entertainment Weekly.

“I think that with the story of the Fantastic Four, it feels like we want to get this right… There are aspects of it that are very different from other Marvel films. That felt very compelling to me. And again, going back to who’s involved, Matt [Shakman], of course, the director, I think is brilliant, and the cast, and I’ve read it and the script is brilliant. It’s really brilliant. I’m delighted to have this opportunity.”

While it’s encouraging to hear that one of the film’s leading players is so heavily invested in both the characters and the story, the actor also shared the following statement, seemingly addressing the worries of superhero fatigue.

“Superhero movies are movies about people. And if we’re invested in the people and the characters and the peril and the spectacle, then that’s why people go to the theaters to watch films. We’re not just in a penny but in for a pound with this one. We’re going to go for it.”

Bob Iger in front of the Marvel Logo
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This isn’t the first time someone behind the scenes has addressed the subject of superhero fatigue. During the most recent Morgan Stanley conference, Disney CEO Bob Iger quietly canceled several Marvel projects under the claim of “no longer believing” in their potential. Even so, he still pushed a focus on better storytelling at the Marvel studio,

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Iger said,

“Focus is really important. We reduced the output of Marvel, both number of films they make and the number of TV shows, and that really becomes critical, but I feel good about the team. I feel good about the IP we’re making. I talked about a lot of the projects. We look years ahead, really. And it’s iterative…”

Make Marvel Fantastic Again

Marvel Studios Fantastic Four logo
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While the long-awaited MCU adaptation of The Fantastic Four is still roughly a year away, the proper steps are being taken to ensure a classic adaptation of Marvel’s First Family. With a ’60s-inspired aesthetic, a focus on the semi-stereotypical nature of Marvel Comics’ heyday, and a cast that features Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Julia Garner, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and the previously-mentioned Joseph Quinn bringing the team to life, it seems like we’re in for a more traditional superhero treat.

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Marvel has been through a rough patch lately, and that’s putting it nicely, but a return to form might be just what the studio needs. By reintroducing classic characters like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men and more comic-accurate variants of Wolverine, Deadpool, and others, fans will soon be reminded of why they love the superhero genre in the first place.

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