The Hard Sell of Fantastic Four

Are audiences willing to forgive past failures?

But audiences don't sound too enthusiastic

Sound familiar?

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?

they've been hesitant to include any nonwhite characters at allmovies with more diverse representation generally do better than those that don't

There's been backlash though.

attributes the negative response to the casting choice

“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?

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We'll only know for sure once we see the movie.

Fantastic Four will be released on August 7th. Will you see it?

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