Fantastic Four 2 - Kate Mara - Miles Teller

One of the biggest blockbuster disasters of 2015 was undoubtedly Fantastic Four. The Marvel comic adaptation from 20th Century Fox pulled in nearly $168 million on a budget of $120 million, and it was absolutely slaughtered by critics and fans alike. Despite Josh Trank‘s best efforts, it appears some tampering from the studio to change the original vision for the movie resulted in a huge mess of a movie. But despite that, producer and writer Simon Kinberg still believes a sequel is possible, and at least two of the film’s co-stars are game to return to their roles.

Miles Teller and Kate Mara, who play the would-be couple Reed Richards and Sue Storm, have both expressed that they’d be happy to come back for Fantastic Four 2. But the question is whether or not anyone actually wants to see what happen.

First up, while promoting Morgan, actress Kate Mara spoke with IGN where she was asked whether or not she’d be up for returning for Fantastic Four 2. Predictably, Mara said she would return, because who doesn’t like a paycheck? Here’s the segment from the interview:

She doesn’t sound particularly excited, and obviously she’s just as uncertain as the rest of us that a sequel would actually happen. But she clearly doesn’t feel the need to speak ill of the movie or burn any bridges that might preclude her from reprising her role as Sue Storm.

Along with Kate Mara, just a couple weeks ago Miles Teller expressed that he wouldn’t mind returning for Fantastic Four 2,. But he knows they have to a lot to improve upon:

If we do, I hope it comes together in a way that satisfies people. You want to make the fans happy, but you can’t please everyone. In our case, we pleased very few.

In a recent interview with Playboy, Teller acknowledges even more candidly just how much Fantastic Four didn’t live up to expectations and how difficult that was. The actor said, “I wouldn’t wish what happened to us on another movie. It’s tough, because there are such high expectations. Comic books mean so much to a lot of people.”

There does seem to be a lot more pressure on comic book movies than there are on other blockbusters, even original movies that have an equally high budget. A lot of that stems from the long history that comics have, playing a big part in the childhoods of countless people. So comic book movies like Fantastic Four are always going to be under more scrutiny, but that doesn’t make it impossible to live up to expectations.

Honestly, I’m not sure there’s anyone out there who really wants to see a Fantastic Four sequel come together featuring the last iteration of the characters. There’s a way to proceed and improve upon the shortcomings of the first film, but it would be an uphill battle to get audiences interested in a follow-up.

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