The 2015 reboot of Fantastic Four has a strange hold on several of its players—writer/producer Simon Kinberg and co-stars Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan all say they want to make a sequel to Josh Trank’s dour superhero flick, a movie that really accomplished nothing more than to cast the goofy preceding films in a more flattering light. No one involved seems to think they nailed it the first time, of course—especially not Trank, who says the thing that bored moviegoers in summer 2015 wasn’t actually his movie.
Joining that chorus of calls for a do-over is co-producer Matthew Vaughn, who’s currently out promoting a different sequel. The director tells CinemaBlend he’d like to take another crack at a movie about the iconic superhero team, in part to make up for the previous one:
The other one I’ve felt an obligation to do is, I wouldn’t mind maybe making a Fantastic Four film to apologize to everyone out there that maybe it didn’t go very well for them. It’s brilliant. One of my favorites is the Fantastic Four, so maybe one day I’ll try and rectify the mistake.
Now, it’s unclear if Vaughn means the movie he co-produced with Kinberg and Trank is “one of [his] favorites,” or if Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s creations are just among his preferred superheroes. But “rectify the mistake” seems pretty straightforward. The odds aren’t looking great for another outing for Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, and Sue and Johnny Storm, though—20th Century Fox pulled Fantastic Four 2 from the release schedule nearly two years ago.