Have we written about Fantastic Four enough times yet?

In case you’ve been living under a rock these past few days, the movie has been mauled by critics and audiences everywhere, opened in second place at the U.S. box office with an opening weekend of $26m and a global intake of $60m. The movie is nowhere near good (check out our review – yay, hit-whoring!) but it’s certainly not 9% on Rotten Tomatoes bad.

Nowadays, studios set release dates for movies years in advance and hedge their bets on potential franchise-starters by scheduling a sequel two or three years on. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. This is one of the times it doesn’t. A while back, Fox dated Fantastic Four 2 for June 9th, 2017; given the absolute deadpan reception and box office returns that movie is looking very unlikely to happen. So what are they gonna do about it?

Deadpool Rules

Ah, Deadpool.

Our friend The Daily Superhero is reporting that due to the immensely positive buzz from the first trailer, Fox are actually considering swapping that sequel for Deadpool 2. There’s of course no guarantee that that will be a hit either but I think the footage so far is already miles ahead of Fantastic Four‘s.

The first movie is out February 16th, 2016, which means that they would have to start production like, immediately, to get this thing in theaters for June 2017 – which probably won’t happen. The likelier option is that it will take that release date but it will just be pushed back a few months or to 2018.

Apparently Fox are already setting the wheels in motion for another Merc-with-a-Mouth-appearance, too! Director Tim Miller chatted away to Empire recently and made this little joke –

“There aren’t really many definitive Deadpool villains, apart from Cable. If we don’t put Cable in Deadpool 2 I think we’ll be run out of town on a rail.”

Birth. Movies. Death. then quickly published a report which revealed that Fox are super-hyped about this movie want to bring Cable into a sequel. For the uninitiated, Cable is a time-travelling mutant with such a crazy and convoluted backstory that I’m only going to make a passing attempt at navigating through it. He’s Cyclops’ and Jean Grey’s clone’s kid from the future who is a cyborg that is friends with Deadpool or something. It’s messy, but he’s cool and an appearance from him would certainly spice up the movie.

Basically, Fox are extremely confident in Deadpool right now, and unless it completely bombs a sequel is looking likely, which will probably also star Cable. If you were one of those guys who hated the first trailer then, well, it sucks to be you.