If the box office take, critics’ reviews, and the opinions of friends and loved ones are measurements of movie success, The Fantastic Four is not considered successful. But it doesn’t mean that 20th Century Fox is done with the cosmic radiation-altered superheroes.
Fox, who purchased the rights to The Fantastic Four “more than a decade ago, before Marvel made its own movies,” according to The New York Times, has plans for the characters—and these plans don’t include selling the rights back to Marvel.
The New York Times writes, "Chris Aronson, Fox’s president of domestic distribution, said by phone on Sunday that his studio had no plans to let go of the 'Fantastic Four' characters, which were introduced by Marvel Comics in the 1960s…'We love these characters, and we will find ways to make use of them,' he said."
It’s sad news to those who adore Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Ben Grimm, Johnny Storm, and their alter-egos. Fans have been enjoying the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s crossovers of characters and storylines.
But it’s even worse news to fans of good movies. The Fantastic Four suffered from internal woes, and while Marvel is not without its share of drama, the Fox film lacked a quality control at which Marvel is marvelous.
Are you looking forward to seeing Fox “make use of” the Fantastic Four?