– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s no secret. Fox’s reboot of Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank, was a complete bomb on every level. Critics hated it. Fans loathed it. Oh, and only around 17 people saw the film. So it’s no surprise when you hear industry people mock the film, or see members of media try and figure out “How did this go so horribly wrong?” What is surprising is hearing one of the film’s stars, barely a month removed from the film’s release, adding to the negative tidal wave that has overtaken the film’s legacy. But that’s exactly what Kate Mara has done.

Mara played Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman, in Trank’s attempt to update and relaunch the Fantastic Four. The actress, during a chat with Entertainment Tonight where she sat alongside Sebastian Stan and Michael Peña to promote Ridley Scott’s The Martian, didn’t shy away from an opportunity to throw some shade on the film- which is still in theaters. 

When it’s pointed out that all three of them have starred in films based on Marvel properties, Mara is quick to sarcastically quip, “Mine was the biggest success. I just want to put it out there.” She,of course, is comparing FF to Stan’s work in the Captain America films and Peña’s scene-stealing turn in Ant-Man. Ant-Man, with solid reviews but average box office returns and nowhere near the name recognition of Fantastic Four still managed to eclipse her film. So her tongue was firmly in cheek with that one.

But she didn’t stop there, in case you thought that was it.

When Stan admits that he didn’t see FF, Mara consoles him by adding, “Neither did the rest of the world.” When it’s then brought up that Trank revealed that there was a different cut of the film, one that he thought was better than the theatrical release, Mara revealed that she hadn’t bothered to see either cut. “I didn’t even see the one that’s out there,” Mara shared.

The actress sounds very grateful about the fact that she’s following up the failure of FF with a film that has universally positive buzz, in Scott’s The Martian. “I’ve certainly been a part of movies that people are not very thrilled about,” Mara said. “So it’s nice to be in something people love, that you loved working on.” With that last phrase, the actress takes her diss of Fantastic Four a step further. Why? Because she’s not only saying that she didn’t see the thing, but she’s implying here that she didn’t love working on it either and, judging by the stories that have surfaced about the film’s chaotic production, it’d be hard to blame her. 

What do you think of Mara’s attitude towards Fantastic Four? Should she feel free to join in on the hate fest, or is she being unprofessional by throwing dirt on the grave of a film that’s still in theaters? 

SOURCE: Entertainment Tonight

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.