World-renowned physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has just pushed up his Doomsday clock by 400 years, following a report by Bleeding Cool that Fox is planning another Fantastic Four movie. Warning that the Earth is "under threat" in the wake of the revelation that Fox may move forward with a kid-friendly follow-up to Josh Trank's 2015 bomb, Hawking said that the human race should look to flee Earth as soon as the technology becomes available if they want to survive. Hawking's dire warning came just hours after news of the Fantastic Four film hit the web.
"We can be an ignorant, unthinking lot," Hawking said of human beings, the only known species on Earth that would consider making a new Fantastic Four film so quickly after the epic failure of the previous one. "It is time to explore other solar systems. Spreading out may be the only thing that saves us from ourselves. I am convinced that humans need to leave Earth."
According to Bleeding Cool, the new Fantastic Four movie could feature a script written by Seth Graeme-Smith, who also did some work on the 2015 film's script. The rumored flick would focus on Valeria and Franklin Richards, the children of Reed and Sue, and would have "an Incredibles vibe." Another option that would probably be better for everyone would be for Fox to simply give the rights to the Fantastic Four back to Marvel, but that doesn't seem likely to happen if the rumor is true.
"If humanity is to continue for another million years, our future lies in boldly going where no one else has gone before," Hawking said. The last time Hawking was concerned with the future of the human race, it was immediately after DC Comics announced the return of metal foil variant covers. At that time, Hawking announced that humans could face extinction within 100 years.