This past summer, many wondered if five years between “Spider-Man 3” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” was a big enough space to reboot the superhero franchise. Well, numbers don’t lie and with over $750 million worldwide, it seems there were more than enough folks ready for more Peter Parker. That being said, the “Fantastic Four” duo of films aren’t as fondly remembered as Sam Raimi‘s Spidey pictures, and frankly they could reboot it next week for all anyone cares. But it looks like they’ll take their time to get it right.
Fox has set a March 6, 2015 release date for the Josh Trank directed “Fantastic Four.” So yeah, it’s going to be two and a half years of wishlists and rumors, and arrive eight years after “Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer.” With recent developments in the “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” flick suggesting crossover to the first batch of “X-Men” films, one wonders if Fox will be trying to Marvel-ize with teases for “Fantastic Four” in that film or in “The Wolverine.” We’d imagine Mark Millar might be having these conversations as the new consultant on the studio’s Marvel movies.
The other question is whether or not Trank will squeeze out another movie in between. It’s just a big enough space to do something quick and small budget (though he’s currently attached to more expensive flicks like “Venom” and “Shadow Of The Colossus“), but then again, a big studio tentpole might be one he’ll want to prepare for as much as possible. At any rate, geeks better prepare themselves for 2015, which will now bring: “The Avengers 2,” “Ant-Man,” “Fantastic Four” and (tentatively) “Justice League.” And oh yeah, “Star Wars: Episode 7.” Holy shit. [Exhibitor Relations]