Superhero Fatigue Addressed By Numerous Marvel Actors
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Joseph Quinn, ‘Fantastic Four’ Star, Unfazed By Superhero Fatigue Amid Marvel Box Office Setbacks: ‘Our Focus Is On Getting This Right’

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BY April 18, 2024

Joseph Quinn will make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Johnny Storm/Human Torch. He will do so in the highly anticipated Fantastic Four movie. He will be alongside Pedro Pascal (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby (Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman). Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Ben Grimm/The Thing) and Julia Garner (Shalla-Bal, Silver Surfer) will also participate. As the MCU navigates between discussions of “superhero fatigue” amid sequels to several comic book movie disappointments in 2023. These include Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and The Marvels, the upcoming film marks a pivotal moment for the franchise.

Joseph Quinn Fantastic Four Actor Talks About Superhero Fatigue

Quinn remains unfazed by concerns surrounding Marvel superhero fatigue as he prepares to film “The Fantastic Four” and step into the MCU. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he brushed off any apprehensions about the issue.

“I think that with the story of the Fantastic Four, it feels like we want to get this right,” Quinn commented regarding superhero fatigue topic. “There are aspects of it that are very different to other Marvel films. That felt very compelling to me. And again, going back to who’s involved, Matt , of course, the director, I think is brilliant, and the cast, and I’ve read it, and the script is brilliant. It’s really brilliant. I’m delighted to have this opportunity.”

“Superhero movies are movies about people,” he also added. “And if we’re invested in the people and the characters and the peril and the spectacle, then that’s why people go to the theaters to watch films. We’re not just in a penny; we’re in for a pound with this one. We’re going to go for it.” 

The Newest Actor to the Fantastic Four Movie

Quinn is the newest actor to tackle the role of Johnny Storm on the silver screen, following in the footsteps of Chris Evans and Michael B. Jordan. The Stranger Things breakout expressed his admiration for Chris Evans’ portrayal of Johnny in the previous films, noting that it presented an exciting opportunity for him.

However, Evans wasn’t at the forefront of Quinn’s thoughts as he entered the audition room. “No. I mean, you’re going to make it your own,” the actor remarked, acknowledging the substantial task ahead. “It’s big boots .”

“I knew that they’d been talking about making the Fantastic Four in the Marvel Universe for a while”. “I had a talk with Matt , and it was very clear with the kind of people who they were attaching to it what they were trying to do with it. There are aspects of it that are very much a singular thing and its own thing.”

Another actor commented within the ongoing debates about superhero fatigue in the comic book world. The Batman villain Paul Dano recently drew attention for suggesting to The Independent that perhaps this is a positive development.

“It’s an interesting moment where everybody has to think, ‘Okay, now what?’ ‘ Hopefully from there someone will breathe new life into . Or that something other than superheroes will blossom,” commented Paul Dano. “I’m sure there will still be some good ones to come, but I think it’s a welcome moment.”

Nia DaCosta Comments About Superhero Fatigue

During the promotion of The Marvels last autumn, director Nia DaCosta conveyed to Total Film magazine that “superhero fatigue absolutely exists.” Additionally, Guardians of the Galaxy director and future Superman helmer James Gunn echoed similar sentiments in Rolling Stone, stating, “I think there is such a thing as superhero fatigue.” Both filmmakers concurred that the genre must continuously innovate to remain financially viable, as otherwise, audiences may become disinterested.

James Gunn Also Addressed the Issue

“I think it doesn’t have anything to do with superheroes,” James Gunn commented about the superhero fatigue. “It has to do with the kind of stories that get to be told, and if you lose your eye on the ball, which is character. We love Superman. I love Batman. We love Iron Man. Because they’re these incredible characters that we have in our hearts. And if it becomes just a bunch of nonsense onscreen, it gets really boring.”

The awaited MCU movie, The Fantastic Four is scheduled to hit theaters on July 25, 2025.

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