Once those scathing reviews began tumbling in soon after launch, talk of a Fantastic Four sequel diminished almost overnight, prompting 20th Century Fox to remove the tentative follow-up from its 2017 release window.
Since then, fans have been left longing for what could have been, with the overriding consensus being that studio meddling and alleged mismanagement from Josh Trank doomed the blockbuster reboot early in on development.
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All that being said, Miles Teller – who assumed the role of Mr. Fantastic (AKA Reed Richards) in Trank’s redo – remains optimistic that Fox will assemble the core cast of Marvel’s First Family in the future. Speaking to JoBlo, the actor also touched base on why the Fantastic Four aren’t suited for individual spinoffs.
“Yeah, for sure. I loved the cast, I loved the characters. I think it’s such an interesting dynamic. I love how much they really need to rely on each other. This Avengers thing, they’ve kind of created their own Fantastic Four in a way, Marvel’s first family. Their powers can’t just exist on their own, you need Thor to do this, the Hulk to do his thing. So yeah, absolutely, I would do another one.”
When pressed on the negative response to last year’s reboot, Teller refrained from pointing fingers, but emphasized the importance of both a script and the director at the helm.
“Obviously you learn more as you go on; for me I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I’ve been able to work in pretty much every genre. There’s a lot of different factors you’re going to take into account. I think script is super important, and director. The director is going to be the most powerful person in terms of what that final product is.”
The jury’s still out on whether chatter of a Fantastic Four sequel spurs Fox into motion. But looking further afield, Miles Teller has lined up War Dogs and boxing drama Bleed For This for release in 2016. The actor is also a part of the repackaged finale for The Divergent Series, though recently expressed his apprehension in Lionsgate’s decision to ship the YA series over to television.