Tim Story’s two Fantastic Four films aren’t exactly fan-favorites, but the director isn’t shying away from talking about his time with Marvel’s First Family, especially considering there’s a reboot on the way.
“Well, it’s weird,” he told Screen Crush, referring to the upcoming Fox reboot. “It kind of makes you feel old! It’s like, ‘Gosh, how old am I?’ But it is the world we’re in. And it’s going to happen when I’m 80 and it will be the fifth installment of the Fantastic Four reboot. Look, it’s what the business has become. I really enjoy the movies that are done well, so I’m definitely not going to go against any of it. What’s great about it is being a fan of movies; I’ve always been it. And it’s fun to watch these, especially when they work.”
Story added that he feels the stark contrast between his Fantastic Four movies and today’s current comic book crowd comes down to tone.
“Look, I don’t want to say only the fanboys, but I’d say the normal audience has just gotten into more serious tone,” he said. “I don’t want to say ‘darker,’ because that doesn’t seem right. But, just a little more straightforward. And I don’t know if that’s come from the videos that kids are playing now or whether it comes from what I consider to be a great medium now, television. It just has a lot of darker stuff. I don’t know where it really comes from, but the tone has gotten a lot edgier and kind of straightforward. It’s going to be interesting just to see, when you think of some of the few superhero movies that may garner a different tone, like an Ant-Man or even with rebooting Fantastic Four. It’s going to be interesting to see if there’s room for that. I just like laughing and when it can make you kind of smile, it just makes the characters a little more accessible. We’ll see what happens.”
Directed by Josh Trank, the Fantastic Four reboot arrives on June 19, 2015.