Fox was hoping that the Fantastic Four reboot would be their next big step towards establishing their own Marvel Cinematic Universe, made up of the foundation of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Their hopes died officially this weekend after it became one of the worst reviewed movies of the year, with a mere 10% ‘Fresh’ rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and did a disappointingly low $26.2 million for its opening days. This is, mind you, not an actual low opening, but for massive studios that make superhero movies for the GDP of small nations, then this is a problem. Part of this was that it had to go up against Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which is Tom Cruise’s last success, and to compete with the fact that it is simply a bad movie.
What was Fox’s response? To cancel the sequel to Fantastic Four and movie the resources and money over to Deadpool 2.
The first Deadpool film has yet to be released, but based on the popularity of the character and the success of the promotional materials, they expect a huge hit. The expectation now is that Deadpool 2 will have Cable in it, and may be leading us into an eventual X-Force movie.
But what does this mean for the Fantastic Four? Fox has already screwed it up twice now, but if they drop it altogether then it means that practical end for their Marvel continuity.