Are audiences willing to forgive past failures?
But audiences don't sound too enthusiastic
In 2005, Fox released a Fantastic Four movie that did well at the box office, but was panned by critics
However, the film industry is even less forgiving nowa lot of superhero movies
Are they taking a risk?
There's been backlash though.
“They’re outraged because they hate to see any change made on a series and characters they had gotten familiar with. In Spider-Man, when they got a new actor, that bothered them, even though it was a white actor. I don’t think it had to do with racial prejudice as much as they don’t like things changed. But I think they’re gonna get to love this character. So I’m not the least bit worried about it. I always tried to pepper these groups with as much racial diversity as possible because that’s the way the world is.”
If studios are hesitating to be as progressive as Lee was decades ago when he was creating characters like The Falcon and Black Panther, maybe they're underestimating their audiences after all
But will it actually be good?
And one thing audiences are not willing to suffer is boredom
or a lack of confidence on the part of the studioBut if they really lack confidence, why make the film at all?
We'll only know for sure once we see the movie.
Fantastic Four will be released on August 7th. Will you see it?