The Josh Trank reboot of Fantastic Four doesn't come out until next week, but with a sequel already set for 2017, we're already thinking about the future, as are the cast members.
At a recent press event in Atlanta, we had the chance to sit down with Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Michael B. Jordan who play Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm, respectively, in the upcoming film from 20th Century Fox.
We asked the cast members what they wanted to see in the sequel and Bell had clearly done some thinking on the topic. "I'd like to see more of how the characters interact with each other famously from the comic," Bell started. "It would be appealing to me. This one very much is to get them to that point, to take them from people you don't know, to transition into characters you can recognize. The job of the next film is taking it further and having the characters already established, seeing them interact in the very famous kind of way. Things between me and Johnny get very antagonistic. More of a blossoming love story between Reed and Sue. More of a family dynamic. Stuff like that would be great There's a wealth of material and with a 90 minute run time of an origin story it's very difficult to fit it all in."
So, Bell wants to see the good guys interact and become a tight knit team, but what about villains? You can't have a good super hero film without a good villain and for Bell, the villain he wants to see in a Fantastic Four sequel is the Silver Surfer. "You can't get away from Silver Surfer. I know chronologically speaking that was the next villain in the previous franchise but I think Silver Surfer is cool looking," Bell said. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, was the 2007 sequel in the less-then-critically-acclaimed Fantastic Four pair of films which starred Doug Jones as the titular Silver Surfer.
Jordan, who Flames On as the Human Torch throughout the upcoming film, has a different opinion and he feels pretty strongly about it. "Namor is a cool one," Jordan said, adding he is, "by far, he's the strongest mutant. You know what I'm saying? Maybe not by far, but he's the strongest mutant. It would be a pretty interesting battle, the Fantastic Four vs. Namor."
That's an unlikely showdown seeing as the rights to Namor currently reside with Universal Studios who would more likely broker a deal with Marvel that would see Namor on the big screen than Fox. Remember, The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton is a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's despite coming from Universal.
Jordan knows his stuff when it comes to comics though. He has a specific Namor storyline he wants to see and he opened up about it. "The classic one where he's running rampant and the only way he'll stop is if he gets a kiss from Sue right in front of Reed. It's awesome. I think that would make for a good movie and storyline," Jordan said.
As for comics, "I've got a pretty big collection," Jordan says.
What villain would you like to see the Fantastic Four square off with following their feud with Dr. Doom in next week's reboot?
Fantastic Four hits theaters August 7.