It is a known fact that Marvel fans want to see Fantastic Four being integrated into the juggernaut of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after previous failures elsewhere. We also know Mega Star Chiranjeevi has seen mixed box office results since his return to cinema after a brief political stint. Now, after the partial disappointment with Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (blockbuster in Telugu and a failure elsewhere despite high critical acclaim), he has been back to his safety net of commercial cinema.
If we take a look at his directors for the upcoming films, it can be obvious that he's targeting box office safety rather than experimenting or helping take Telugu Cinema to the next level. Today he has showcased his fantastic four - the directors who will direct his next four films including Koratala Siva. The other three are Meher Ramesh, Bobby, and Mohan Raja. Let's see if these filmmakers deliver the goods for Mega Cinematic Lore (MCL).
Koratala Siva and Acharya
While Koratala is a commercial director per se, his films are based on themes that represent relevant social issues. But the solutions he offers are generally superficial. Nevertheless, he is at least capable of driving the point he wants to, to a majority of the audience. Moreover, Acharya which is about endowment scams and related issues of temples is a straight film. A commercial success is virtually guaranteed as Koratala is incapable of making a bad film. Tick mark.
Lucifer Remake and Mohan Raja
Mohan Raja may be an innovative filmmaker and is known to handle remakes well, it is the remakes that's the biggest issue with Chiru. To be frank, for an actor and a star of Chiranjeevi's calibre it is not at all appreciable to do remakes unless the film itself offers something irresistibly challenging. Moreover, a heavily stylised film which is through and through about political intrigue with no excess characters may get watered down due to the changes made to the script and the addition of a heroine. (Neutral).
Meher Ramesh and Vedalam Remake
Fans too are worried about this film. Vedalam itself is not a great film to begin with. And the director Meher Ramesh has not even had a decent track record. In more than a decade and a half worth career, he has no hit films. Vedalam may work out commercially if law of averages catch up and Meher can deliver goods, it's in no way a film worthy of Chiru's stature. (Have to wait and see).
Finally, this is something to look forward to. Bobby's film may be an original film. That's something to be happy with. But except for commercial hits, his filmmaking lacks the spark of some of the modern day young directors. But he has a good knack of integrating emotions into the narration. Hopefully he may deliver a good film. (Hopeful).
So, Mega Cinematic Lore still lacks game changing films. Or genre defining ones. The question, if an actor and star of such high calibre cannot experiment even after all these years, how can Telugu Cinema move forward. With jet speed. At least in the form of medium budget films alongside big budget potboilers.