Mysterious Man star gives update on potential sequel to cult classic
Mysterious Man star Hank Azaria introduces a potential sequel to the 1999 eccentric comedy-action flick starring Ben Stiller.
Hank Azaria recently updated on the latest news about a possible Mysterious Man sequel. In this 1999 superhero comedy, the actor played Blue Raja, a fork-wielding hero who, along with Mr. Furious (Ben Stiller) and William H. Build the strongest crime fighting team in champion city. While "Mysterious Man" was well-received by critics and audiences alike, the movie was a dismal box office hit, making less than half of its $68 million budget. However, the film quickly developed a cult following after it was released to home media and played repeatedly on television.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, Azaria shared a disappointing update on the Mysterio sequel. The Simpsons actor explained his Blue Raja character explained that there may have been an attempt to make a sequel, but due to Mystery Men's poor box office performance, the sequel probably won't be made. Read what Azaria had to say below:
"I don't think so, my friend. We already tried that, we failed rather miserably, really. We have a cult following, folks like yourself seem to enjoy it. But the box office at the time didn't agree, so usually Hollywood doesn't [give you] a second bite at that apple, do they?"
What Could Mystery Men 2 Be About
While the Mysterious Man movie isn't based on a superhero library as vast as the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the DC Universe, it creates a world where any off-the-shelf superhero concept is possible. With characters like Janeane Garofalo's The Bowler, Paul Reuben's Spleen or Kel Mitchell's Invisible Boy, Mystery Men sequels could expand on their characters Teams with more unique and complementary roles.
As with most long-awaited follow-ups, any possibility of a Mysterio sequel is likely to be a legacy sequel. Similar to "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens", "Terminator: Dark Fate" and "Tenet", the original cast may be reunited, ushering in a new young actor to lead the team. However, Azaria's comments on Mystery Men suggest that the idea might not come to fruition.
Should development change, either as a legacy sequel or a reboot of the film, the titular team could be relatively worn out and in need of a new purpose in life. When a new evil rises up in Champion City, likely stemming from certain events in the first film, Mister Fury and his team will be called upon once again, and new heroes must be recruited to help. Unfortunately, unless there are any future updates, Mystery Men 2 remains a wishful thinking dream.
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