Fantastic Four’s Jamie Bell was 'bitterly disappointed' in that dud of a film

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Mar 25, 2021, 9:00 AM EDT (Updated)

It is a fact universally acknowledged that director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot was a hot mess both in front of and behind the camera.

The 2015 superhero movie featuring Marvel’s First Family was a critical and commercial failure that angered fans no end about what had been done to the beloved characters’ origin story.

Actor Jamie Bell, who played Ben Grimm/The Thing, has opened up about his experience working on the film, which ended up being extensively reshot by Simon Kinberg (aka the future director of X-Men: Dark Phoenix) after the Fox brass saw Trank’s cut. Here’s what Bell told The Los Angeles Times:

“There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set. But with something like that, everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity. I think the film really strived towards those goals. I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film. But that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

Following the complete disaster that was Trank’s Fantastic Four, fans have been clamoring for Fox to hand over the reins to Marvel Studios, or at the very least strike a deal similar to the one Sony did with Spider-Man.

Rumors, however, have begun circulating that Fox may be planning yet another Fantastic Four movie — this time supposedly centering on Sue Storm and Reed Richards’ kids, Franklin and Valeria. Marvel Studios' top honcho, Kevin Feige, has also confirmed there are currently no plans for a "backroom deal" to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU fold.

It was also revealed during SDCC that Legion showrunner Noah Hawley is working on a Doctor Doom movie, which is the only FF project that I’m actually excited about (Legion is awesome, you guys).

There you have it. What do you think of Jamie Bell’s comments?

(via LA Times)