Over the next few years, Marvel Studios is set to finally deliver its own interpretation of Marvel's First Family with the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, which is still in the early stages of development. Fans are hoping that this new solo film finally does justice to this team after two interpretations in the 21st century already, the last one being one of the worst-received superhero movies of all time.
Although director Josh Trank didn't have the opportunity to truly make this his own movie due to studio interference, 2015's Fantastic Four didn't live up to any sort of expectations as it bombed both critically and financially. Head writer Jeremy Slater shared how the team wanted to avoid making it anything like an MCU film, which wasn't the right move, while some of the actors have tried to distance themselves from anything even related to the franchise.
Even considering everything that went wrong with the 2015 superhero film, there are plenty of opportunities for redemption in the superhero genre should anyone want them - Slater got that opportunity with the MCU's Moon Knight. Now, the movie's leading actor has shared his own thoughts on the idea of coming back for more adventures in superhero films in the future.
Miles Teller on Making New Superhero Movie
ComicBook spoke with Fantastic Four (2015) star Miles Teller about potentially playing a role in a different superhero movie should the opportunity arise.
Teller noted how the characters in those films and TV shows "have really come a long way," particularly by exploring how complex some of them are. He admitted that he'd be open to playing another character in a future project, specifically looking for "a well-written character" that allows him to tap into some of what he can do best as an actor:
“I think those characters in the movie adaptations, in the shows have really come a long way. And I think they’ve really, you know, started diving into the complexity of these characters. And these characters have been written for so long and they evolved so much so I think at the end of the day, you’re just looking for a well-written character that hopefully you think touches on some things that you could do, and you could bring it to life.”
Teller also called superhero movie fans "some of the best fans in the world," revealing that he feels one of the best parts of acting is making sure those fans enjoy the work that's put in:
“They’re some of the best fans in the world. Some of the most particular fans in the world, but if you can satisfy that crowd and you can have fun doing it then I mean, that’s great.”
Could Teller Come Back in the MCU?
Miles Teller has built an impressive movie career over the last few years with award-winning efforts like Whiplash and other fan-favorite franchises like Divergent. Having played the new version of Reed Richards in 2015's Fantastic Four, it's encouraging to see how willing he is to come back to superhero movies in the future, even with how bad that experience was for everyone involved.
With Marvel Studios in the early stages of casting for the new Fantastic Four, it's unlikely that Teller would be in the running to play Reed Richards again, although there are plenty of other roles that still need casting. Whether Teller goes for another Marvel role or something in the DC world is a mystery, but he should certainly be in the conversation for future important pieces from either comic book movie mogul.
As for the Fantastic Four's future, Marvel Studios still has plenty of work to do to bring the team to fruition within the MCU, especially now that Jon Watts has stepped away from the director position. Particularly with how much anticipation is already building for this reboot, Marvel will do everything it can to make sure the Fantastic Four are done the right way in the next few years.