It does seem odd to worry about backlash tbh, considering "it makes the fans mad" is a core tenet of the Evangelion brand
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I should probably rewatch the first three movies (or at least the third) before watching the fourth because I barely remember anything that happened in them
"Now you too can know how it feels to become LCL!"Looking into it, the new theatrical releases this year of 1-3 in Japan were not even remasters but "4D" screenings (chair shaking, mist effects, etc, amusement-parkification stuff) which is about as far as you can possibly go to milk a rerelease, I think.