Around the same time Fantastic Four was on the receiving end of a rightly-deserved critical drubbing, one of its stars made the headlines after telling an interviewer they’d yet to see the movie. That was Sue Storm actor Kate Mara, who presumably knew she’d been hoodwinked when Fox made her wear a truly awful wig for the reshoots. In any case, the movie plodded along, only just scraping in enough at the box office to cover its production budget – but who knows about the marketing costs.
While it seemed that a sequel was the farthest thing from Fox’s mind – after the fiasco surrounding the movie’s director, the reshoots, and the terrible critical response – writer-producer Simon Kinberg wants the gang back together again for a “brighter” sequel. Despite the studio removing it from its future slate, Fantastic Four 2 may find its way to theaters at some point, and there’s a chance it could include the same spandexed quartet.
Earlier this month, Miles Teller, who plays Reed Richards in the original, said he’d be up for another adventure, and he’s not alone. Michael B. Jordan responded similarly back in January and during a recent IGN interview, Mara agrees with them both regarding a second chapter:
“Oh yeah, I’d love to be a part of a Fantastic Four sequel or whatever they may or may not have in store for us. I know that all of the guys feel the same way, we love working with each other and we would love to actually play these characters in another way somehow in the future. I have no idea if that’s actually true, if that will happen, but I would be really happy to do it.”
Personally, I love Mara, and wish that – like the rest of the actors involved – she’d had better material to work with. Her comment about the group being able to play them “in another way somehow” is one that many folks will probably agree with. With fewer individuals involved in the post-production process, and a greater emphasis on nailing a great script, a Fantastic Four sequel has the potential to claw back its brand’s reputation.