When will it work for Marvel’s first family? Once again, another adaptation of the Fantastic Four has failed miserably with critics and moviegoers alike — marking their third cinematic failure of all time.

 

All told, in its opening weekend, “Fantastic Four” garnered around $26 million at the box office, although executives at Fox had anticipated a $40 million opening; competing against the wildly popular “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” the film failed to win its own opening weekend, coming in second at the box office. The film cost roughly $200 million to produce and featured an incredibly talented cast in Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Michael B. Jordan.

 

 

It’s anyone’s guess as to what caused this film to fail; reasons range from moviegoers preconceived reservations about the titular team, the erratic behavior of director Josh Trank or perhaps even just a lack of interest from moviegoers. For the film to fail seems all the more strange when one considers that Fox’s recent foray into team-based superhero adventures — see: “X-Men” — has performed well with critics and audiences alike.

 

Many have complained that the film spends far too much time trying to build a cinematic universe, rather than focusing on the interpersonal drama between the heroes and villains. This complaint has become somewhat common, leveled at films like “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and even the upcoming “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

 

On paper, the Fantastic Four should not be that hard to adapt to the screen. They’re a tight-knit team of heroes who gained their powers through an unfortunate accident and use their newfound abilities to save the world. They represent one of the first major success stories for Marvel comics, and the DNA of their story can be seen in many other Marvel stories to premiere later, such as “X-Men,” “Spider-Man,” etc. As a family, they should appeal to a broad audience and have a light-heartedness to their adventures — a fact that the most recent attempt failed to recognize.

 

Do you still plan on seeing “Fantastic Four” in theaters? Are you a fan? What is your favorite on-screen version? Comment below or tweet @connerws to tell us what you think!