Why’d it bomb? Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) and Fantastic 4 (2015)
The Fantastic Four are Marvel’s first family. With that honor, you think they would’ve gotten a movie that was great, something that could rival Batman, Superman, and Spidey’s best. Yet the Four’s outings on the big screen have been rocky to say the least. It’s been so bad that the first attempt at a Fantastic Four movie didn’t even get released.
The second outing was a bit more promising, in that it did well at the box office, but it was panned by critics. Then came it’s sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which was a box office disappointment, and a reboot of Fantastic Four which bombed altogether. But why didn’t these movies do well? Let’s find out!
3. The word of mouth from the previous movie
While Fantastic Four ’05 might have been a box office success, I think it’s derision from critics and audiences made more people stay away from Rise of the Silver Surfer. When that movie also got a terrible response from audiences and critics, I think that turned off more people from seeing a Fantastic Four movie, which led to Fantastic Four ’15 bombing at the box office.
2. The Fantastic Four’s declining popularity
The Four haven’t been quite as popular as they used to be. Not only have their movies sales been declining but the comic sales have also decreased over time, probably in no small part thanks to both FF ’05 and Silver Surfer.
1. The backlash from fans
Before Fantastic Four 2015 even came out, there was a huge backlash against fans from it, thanks to the mediocre 2005 movies, them wanting the four to join the MCU, rumors about what the movie would’ve been like that didn’t sit well with fans, and the director making fun of the fans on twitter and apparently having caused a huge fuss on set (doing things like apparently abusing Kate Mara because he didn’t want her on the set and having his dogs trash a hotel room he was staying at while filming the movie, among other things). There are even videos detailing the whole thing.
Of course, there were also racist fans who didn’t like the fact that Michael B. Jordan had been cast as Johnny Storm, which unfortunately probably also had an effect on ticket sales.
Unfortunately, The Four just haven’t made a good movie yet and Rise of the Silver Surfer and Fant4stic didn’t change a thing. In the future, maybe we’ll finally get a good Fantastic Four film but, right now, Marvel’s first family has struggled on the big screen.