Stan Lee Talks About Why He Thinks Fantastic Four Failed To Succeed

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Let’s be honest: who here was surprised that Fantastic Four did as poorly as it did? Yeah, I figured.

Although some trailers managed to create a bit of hope among Fantastic Four fans, the overall product didn’t please anyone, not even its director, Josh Trank (who defended himself by saying the studio made major changes to his movie).

Honestly, and I’ve said it before multiple times, I think the Fantastic Four are not movie material, as well as Hulk (don’t get me wrong, I love Ruffalo’s Hulk, but please oh please, don’t even dare make another Hulk solo film!). Sure, Tim Story’s versions with Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis made us laugh (and the second one is plain ridiculous), but nothing that will make it to superhero history in a good way. I rest my case.

Everyone has had something to say about this reboot and why it failed, but what about one of his creators: the one and only Stan Lee? Who, by the way, didn’t have one of his legendary cameo appearances in this movie.

Turns out that a Stan Lee cameo is a crucial ingredient for success, and that’s what this movie was missing.

“Well, it was probably because I didn’t have a cameo in it, and they didn’t discuss the story with me”, Stan Lee said on Larry King Now when asked why he believed the movie flopped.

In all seriousness, the second part of that is true: Stan Lee was not consulted by either Trank or Fox during the making of this movie. Which is weird and unusual, especially because he is one of the creators of this superteam; why wouldn’t you consult the prime source of knowledge? More so with characters that haven’t done that well previously on the big screen.

Our Generalissimo later admitted that he hasn’t seen the movie so he can’t comment much further on why it didn’t do well. It’s ok, we don’t blame him at all for not having watched it yet.

The truth is that Fantastic Four flopped for many, many reasons, all in all. It may be hard to believe but Fox still has a sequel planned for 2017.

That could be their chance to make up for this mess, so let’s hope they won’t blow it. Still, I maintain my posture of “F4 are not made for the big screen”.

Now, tell us: what do you think was the (main) reason why Fantastic Four did so poorly?