Monday, July 22, 2024

Marvel Braces For a Real Box Office Disaster with the “Fantastic Four,” Director Disowns It


Bad news is unusual for Marvel, home of “The Avengers,” “X Men,” and “Spider Man” series at Disney, Fox, and Sony respectively. The comic book movie company has had an extraordinary run of successes, even making “Ant Man” into a hit when its launch was a little shaky last month.

But today Marvel braces for a bad weekend with the new “Fantastic Four.” Coming from Fox, “FF” had promise. It stars a bunch of current young actors who are all doing great– Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara. Jamie Bell, and so on.

However, “Fantastic Four” has a staggering 87 negative reviews and only a 9% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Pretty much everyone who’s seen it, hates it.

Director Josh Trank didn’t like it much, either. He Tweeted this, spelling “received” wrong:


Trank isn’t having a very good summer. Last month he left the new Star Wars stand alone movie at Disney/LucasFilms.

Now we wait and see all the stats on how badly “Fantastic Four” does this weekend…

UPDATE: I’m getting a lot of email that this isn’t a Marvel movie. Well, Stan Lee is listed as executive producer, and the Marvel logo appears at the front. Fox does a lot of business with Marvel because of X Men and Wolverine. They are in business together. Marvel wouldn’t let this movie out without its own approval.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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