• Mike DeRienzo

Fantastic Four vs. Destructive One?

Nobody dominated the 2010s more than Marvel. Every movie in the The Infinity Saga was guaranteed a huge return on investment for studios, with even the little known comic book heroes (like Guardians of the Galaxy) making close to $1 billion in the box office.

By 2015, nearly every movie was a reboot, sequel, or a comic book movie, with the summer of 2015 having back-to-back hits with Avengers Age of Ultron, Furious 7, Jurassic World each breaking each other's records, it seemed like almost every movie that had a built in audience was guaranteed success.

Then Fantastic Four hit. Building off the two mildly successful yet disappointing Fantastic Four movies in the 2000s ($300M box office against $100M production costs), wunderkind Josh Trank's 2015 reboot, staring a then up and coming Michael B. Jordan, and released in the August against no other tentpoles, seemed bound for greatness, right?

Wrong. After making less than $170M against a $155M costs, the Fantastic Four was DOA. Reportedly, director Josh Trank criticized the film on Twitter, claiming the studio destroyed his film, less than a few days before the release, and refused to do any press for it.

Not only did the movie bomb, but it reportedly lost Josh Trank an opportunity to direct a Star Wars film.

Could this have been resolved with mediation? Who knows - but without it, we all saw what happened, or I guess, we didn't.

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