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Fox’s Fantastic Four Reboot Is Still Happening, Gets a 2015 Release Date

After months of hearing not much of anything about Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot—other than the fact that it exists and is being directed by Chronicle‘s Josh Trank—Fox has given the movie a release date: March 6, 2015.

Man. Between The Avengers sequel, the Justice League movie, Ant-Man, and possibly Star Wars VII, 2015 is going to be one heck of a year.

Mark Millar, who was recently brought on as a “creative consultant” for Fox’s Marvel movies, has spoken before about his desire to create a “cohesive universe” similar to what Marvel has with The Avengers. Of the Fantastic Four, he said:

“…we want to establish things first. If you had a Fantastic Four relaunch, and Wolverine and the X-Men were in it, I think it would distract you from the Fantastic Four. You can make people aware that they’re existing in the same universe without making it a big crossover movie but it would be an injustice to the Fantastic Four not to make their first movie all about them.”

That reads to me as “I want to do a Fantastic Four movie and then tie those characters in with the X-Men later on somehow.” (Yeah, because the X-Men universe needs to be more complicated.) That isn’t to say that’s what’ll happen—there are a lot of different factors and things are still in the early stages—but now that Fantastic Four appears to be moving forward, I’d imagine we’ll start to see hints of how Fox’s Marvel Universe will shape up.

Here’s what I want to know: Who’s going to play Johnny Storm in the reboot? Whoever it is, they’ll have some pretty big shoes to fill. Like Captain America’s. I know Disney and Fox have things completely separate in terms of their Marvel properties, but can we at least get a Chris Evans cameo? He doesn’t have to be dressed as Johnny Storm or Cap or anything. I would be satisfied with him just popping up in the background of a shot. Make it happen, guys.

(via /Film)

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  • Jim Cook

    Chris Evans was a lousy Torch IMO. Johnny can be brash and impulsive, but he was rarely as obnoxious as Evan’s Torch. Then again, about the only thing the casting dept. for the last 2 FF movies got right was Chiklis.

  • Anonymous

    Fox desperate not to let this one revert after DD. I hope we continue too see roadblocks for this till 2014 so that it can revert. Millar is the worst possible candidate to guide Marvel movies.

  • Kate Lorimer

    My other half and I must be some of the few people that were actually pleasantly surprised by the F4 films. We didnt watch them at the time due to critical panning they got.. but caught them both on TV this year for the first time… and … we liked them!

  • Matt Graham

    They were pretty decent. Aged better than the Spidey ones, I feel.

  • Lindsey Stock

    At the very least, I hope they don’t re-cast Jessica Alba :(

  • R.M. Jones

    I feel like Chris Evans just is not a good fit for the cocky brash guys? I was impressed with how much he FIT in the Captain America role. Just strikes me as a better fit for the duty-bound, good and clean cut characters.

    …Too bad they probably couldn’t get Chris Pine to play the new Torch. Would probably result in too much geek overlap.

  • Anonymous

    I wish this excited me. But part of me is still a little bitter by the fact that they’re already rebooting the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and Superman when we haven’t gotten Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel or the Black Panther or Luke Cage or the Heroes for Hire or Wonder Woman or any superhero who isn’t a white male.

  • Anonymous

    FF/ Spidey reboots have to be done if Sony/Fox want to hold onto licenses.

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  • Erica Throne

    Hey, why not just get Chris Evans to play Mr. Fantastic? That would really mess people up.

    Personally, I think he should be the next Batman.


  • Rebecca Pahle

    But at least the most glaring bit of anatomy craziness is the one that’s SUPPOSED to be there. :)

  • East Coast Horror

    What I’m really hoping for now is a reboot to any film that hasn’t been released yet. I know Evil Dead is already getting a remake due out in April, but by the time that comes out it’s going to be such old news. Why not just start work on a reboot of the reboot now and shoot for a December release. Really people, common sense here.