When the most charismatic character in a film is a talking rock, the audience is in trouble. The latest entry in the Marvel Universe of comic book films, Fantastic Four, is an unmitigated disaster, following closely on the heels of Ant-Man, another Marvel film that underperformed against expectations.
Both of these mark the end to the era when simply any film from the Marvel team would automatically strike box office gold. Even the director of Fant4stic, as it is promoted, has distanced himself from the mess by saying he had a good version of the film a year ago, but the studio wouldn’t let the public see it.
Josh Trank joins a long list of directors, such as Orson Welles, David Lynch, Paul Schrader and David O Russell, who have blamed the higher forces of the studio system for sabotaging their art. But there is enough blame to go around – the cast and the script have a hand as well.
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(Still of Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Miles Teller in Fantastic Four. © 2014 Marvel & Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.)