Dr. Doom couldn't do it. The Silver Surfer couldn't either. Galactus, destroyer of worlds and devourer of planets? Never stood a chance. Nearly fifty years of adventures, and not one villain could ever put a permanent end to Reed Richards, Sue Storm, and the first family of crime-fighting.
Now they're ready to hang it up based on a little negative criticism?
"I'm pretty sure we won't do [another] one," insisted "Fantastic Four" star Chris Evans, who excelled in two films as the Human Torch. "I'm assuming that one is a closed book."
Sure, Franklin Richards or The Puppet Master would be cool. It's not the storylines that worries Evans, he insists, it's the fact that they have to offer it up the storylines at all, he told MTV News.
"After the first one was released we got wind of potential titles and plots [almost immediately], and I've heard nothing from anyone at Fox [yet]," he grumbled. "We had all planned on doing [another] one but if there were going to be a third I think a week after the second one was released we would have heard."
It might be for the best. When we spoke with Evans in June, he acknowledged the failings of the first two movies, but said he still thought the franchise's "potential has not been reached."
"I still think this can be something great, and I think we are getting closer," he said at the time. ""I think that if ["FF2"] does ok and people respond with the appreciation of a more serious tone, hopefully [with] the third one we can inch closer to a legitimate cast and a legitimate film."
Now Evans -- who will next be seen with Keanu Reeves in the cop drama "Street Kings" -- is singing a different tune, confessing that he's "ready to walk away" from the role that made him a household name.
"It takes up a lot of time. It's a big commitment," he said. "I'm happy with walking away."
Still, Evans confessed that he does want to leave the door a little ajar, citing Marvel's recent success with character cross-pollination. If "Spider-Man" or "Hulk" came to him with a cameo, he's be the first on board.
"Absolutely," he enthused. "If Johnny Storm wanted to make a pop in appearance in one of those movies that would be a treat."
What do you make of Evans' revelations? Are you holding out hope for another "Fantastic Four"? Or, like me, do you think they're just, well, a little too silly. Good news or bad news – FLAME ON!