Just like almost everyone paying attention to events in Hollywood, Tim Blake Nelson is pretty sure there's no Fantastic Four sequel coming.
"I think it’s off the schedule now," he told CinemaBlend during an interview today. "I don’t think they’re making one, but I’m not sure."
Nelson, who played the villainous Dr. Allen in the film, was originally reported to have been cast as Mole Man. There had been early speculation that his character might be a potential villain in the sequel, although Allen died in Fantastic Four.
Since his character would have been unlikely to return for any sequel, it's possible that Nelson is simply repeating what he's heard from the press -- it was widely reported that Fox had removed Fantastic Four 2 from the schedule in November -- rather than having any particular inside knowledge.
There is, in fact, virtually no rumor that hasn't surfaced regarding how Fox will handle their troubuled franchise. A popular online theory is that they might try to tie the FF in with the X-Men films, while many fans would rather just see the property revert to Marvel altogether.
Fox has consistently held that they have no plans to allow the rights to revert.
Nelson has garnered acclaim playing a wide array of quirky characters in a career that includes hits like O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Unbreakable Kimy Schmidt, but he's also a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe from his role as Samuel Sterns -- a.k.a. "The Leader" -- in The Incredible Hulk.