X-Men producer offers hope on Gambit, not so much on Fantastic Four

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Feb 24, 2017

Simon Kinberg has provided an update on Fox's Marvel movies that don't involve Wolverine or Deadpool.

With Logan coming out next week, Deadpool 2 in the scripting stage and at least two other X-Men related movies going into production this year, there are still a couple of other Marvel Comics properties owned by Fox whose futures have been in question. 

However, Comicbook.com recently spoke to writer/producer (and possibly director) Simon Kinberg, who has a hand in all of Fox's Marvel titles and who provided an update on those two outlier franchises, Gambit and Fantastic Four. First, Gambit: despite losing two directors in two years (Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman), Kinberg said the movie is still happening with Channing Tatum still on board to star:

"It's in active development. It's a movie that we hope will be ready to go by the end of this year and shoot next year. We have two or three X-Men related movies this year so it can wait for a moment. The process has been that Channing is as determined about getting the character right as Ryan Reynolds was about Deadpool and Hugh (Jackman) was about this Logan movie. We know that when we get those right, the movie succeeds so we want to make sure we get Gambit right because we want him to be the beginning of a whole new franchise."

The fact that Tatum has stayed with the project the whole time, despite the delays and the loss of two filmmakers, is an encouraging sign, as well as Kinberg's claim that the studio wants the Ragin' Cajun to kickstart a whole new line of films. We still won't believe the movie is truly happening until the cameras are rolling, but it sounds like this is a project everyone wants to turn into a reality.

Kinberg was more vague on the fate of the Fantastic Four, a team and a brand that may have been irreparably damaged by the terrible reception to the disappointing 2015 reboot. While Kinberg would not say that a sequel is going to happen, he insists that the cast deserves another shot:

"We love that cast. Obviously, the movie wasn't what we wanted it to be and it wasn't received the way we wanted it to be...we would love to make another Fantastic Four movie. We feel like there's a great Fantastic Four movie to be made and I think it would hue closer to the tone of the original, the source material, the comics, but we want to make that movie."

At one point, a sequel to the 2015 Fantastic Four was planned for this year, but Fox canceled it after seeing the reactions to the reboot. Although Kinberg's loyalty to the cast is admirable, if he truly wants to go back to the tone of the comics, then a whole new cast and look is probably necessary.

Miles Teller and Jamie Bell were flat-out miscast as Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, Kate Mara was forgettable as Sue Storm, and even though Michael B. Jordan was his usual excellent self as Johnny Storm, he's now moved on to a major role in Black Panther and an increasingly busy career. Plus the reboot's muted, grim (no pun intended) tone was the exact opposite of what the comics were all about.

The smartest thing for Fox to do with the Four would be to cut a deal with Marvel Studios to bring them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, similar to what has been done with Spider-Man. Do you think Fox should attempt another Fantastic Four reboot, only this time letting Marvel take the lead on it? And do you feel confident that we'll see the Gambit movie sometime in the next two or three years?