The Rebirth (And Downfall) of Fantastic 4?

When rebooting a franchise, it can be extremely difficult to live up to the original. Already this year we have seen movie franchises rise again (Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys) and there are still more to come this year (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). These franchises had an incredible first film, which put the pressure on the studios to make the reboots bigger and better. 20th Century Fox does not have this issue because Fantastic Four (and its sequel) were pretty terrible movies. Usually Marvel is successful with their films. but these superheroes never clicked with audiences.

A fresh cast, beautiful visuals, and darker feel (at least from the trailers) gives this film great potential. Marvel exceeded expectations in casting with Kate Mara (House of Cards), Miles Teller (Divergent), Michael B. Jordan (That Awkward Moment), and Jamie Bell (Jumper) forming the group of four. This film could be the surprise standout superhero film, but it is troubling to see the plot is almost identical to the 2005 original. I believe audiences are tired of seeing the same origin story over and over. For example, Spider-Man has had two franchises and two origin stories, but with the web-slinger joining the MCU there will be no origin story. Fantastic Four will even have the same villain that was in the 2005 version, Dr. Doom (Toby Kebbell).

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