20th Century Fox seems to think it can compete with Marvel’s movie prowess right now. In order to do that, Fox has decided that their Marvel properties should be interconnected, even though they haven’t been able to do that as one studio and Marvel Studios did it with their universe when owned by Paramount and now Disney. This means rebooting something they’ve already fucked up. Which superhero franchise is getting das reboot? Fantastic Four!
Josh Trank (Chronicle) has been tapped to direct and has already been given a target release date of March 6, 2015. Here is where things get a bit more interesting. The Wolverine will be the start of Fox’s new Marvel Universe when it is released in 2013, X-Men Days of Future Past will continue that, uh, continuity in 2014, and then Fantastic Four in 2015. I’m going to go ahead and guess that this means Wolverine: Why Did You Do That To My Deadpool is going to be disregarded in the new universe. Please, for the love of Bea Arthur, be disregarded.
I’m not wholly convinced that Fox can pull all of this off, but the addition of Mark Millar (“Kick-Ass”, “Ultimate Fantastic Four”) as head of the Marvel Universe at 20th Century Fox is promising.
Now to the important part: who should be cast as Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm? Can we get Jensen Ackles on the movie screen as Johnny Storm? Maybe we could get some Joel Edgerton action up in here. Please, please keep all of the Hollywood Jessicas away from Sue Storm.