While making the rounds in the press circuit to promote Logan, the film’s writer/producer Simon Kinberg sat with Collider and gave his thoughts on Fox’s less-than-stellar offering of Marvel’s first family.
When asked if the film rights are in danger of reverting back to Marvel if Fox doesn’t make another movie soon, Kinberg offered:
“I have no idea. I think the truth is we would not make another Fantastic Four movie until it was ready to be made. One of the lessons we learned on that movie is that we want to make sure we get it 100% right, because we will not get another chance with the fans.”
Let’s be honest, the first outing with Jessica Alba wasn’t too horrible, but it certainly wasn’t up to the standards that Marvel Studios consistently offers. This most recent offering was laughably bad and tonally wrong.
From my POV, what’s wrong with the movies has been the Doom factor. Dr. Doom is one of the most compelling and threatening villains the Marvel Comics have ever offered, but that menace, under the control of Fox, has not been delivered to celluloid. Doom is a dictator of a European country, and he’s obsessed with the occult. He’s basically Hitler. Fox has been making him a business man, hacker, scientist…something he’s not, and then tying his origin to that of the titular Four. All bad moves.
If Fox wants to make the movie work, they need to make it simpler while keeping it true to the comic roots. The experiment or solar anomaly that grants the Four their abilities should also tie directly to a villain that isn’t Doom: Annihilus. The doorway to the Negative Zone is opened as a direct result of the heroes getting their abilities, and they have to band together to seal it back. Then, and this part is key, you save Doom for the sequel.
Personally, I’d just as soon see the rights go back to Marvel, as they know how to do their characters justice. Yes, the biggest complaint is that their villains are too similar to their heroes, but that’s part of the formula of keeping it simple. An origin story is hard to do because you have to tell 2 origins (the hero & the villain). If you connect the origins together, you’re only telling one story and you save more room for the fun that Marvel always delivers.
Your move, Fox.