You could be completely forgiven for thinking that a Fantastic Four sequel with the same cast and timeline as the recent Josh Trank-fronted rebootastrophe was an unthinkable possibility. The first film bombed with rumours of unrest on the set and a heavily edited final cut that completely transformed Trank's original vision, and there has been talk since of Marvel finally reacquiring the rights to the characters to make them part of the MCU.
That's probably the best outcome possible, but it seems Simon Kinberg actually still wants the sequel to go ahead. The caveat for him, of course, is that the film would have to be 100% right, as they just won't get another chance with the fans. Too right.
Speaking to Collider Kinberg was asked what's next with Fox pushing ahead with multiple X-Men movies and spin-offs, but not a great deal of noise on the Fantastic Four front:
"I have no idea. I think the truth is we would not make another Fantastic Four movie until it was ready to be made. One of the lessons we learned on that movie is that we want to make sure we get it 100% right, because we will not get another chance with the fans."
And what about Josh Trank's cut of the original? Could we ever see that?
"I don’t know the answer to that in terms of whether or not fans will ever see it. I think B-roll is probably the place where they will see it. And for us, it’s in the past in the sense of lessons learned and we would love to make another Fantastic Four movie."
The good news for anyone who actually enjoyed the cast of the movie (and they weren't terrible despite everything) is that Fox still like them too:
"We really believe in that cast, and I think the lessons that we learned would help us make a more consistent movie than we did the first time."
Whether Michael B Jordan would even be available now he's in the MCU remains to be seen, but as a villain he probably won't even last long anyway.
Would you watch a Fantastic Four sequel? Should the studio just give up and reboot again? Or does someone know how to get Kevin Feige interested in a Spider-Man-like rights deal so we stop worrying about terrible Fantastic Four movies...? Share your reactions in the comments thread.