By Kevin McLaughlin
Last August Twentieth Century Fox released yet another rendition of Marvel Comics First Family, The Fantastic Four. And just like the previous two FF movies this one was bad.
“This reboot [of the film] manages to actually make the previous two FF movies seem better in hindsight.” -IGN Review of Fantastic Four
Now when I first saw the trailer, I was excited because I could tell that the movie had taken inspiration from the Ultimate Universe. Reed Richards is insanely smart, Sue Storm is equally smart, Johnny Storm is all about having fun and dating girls, and Ben Grimm is just there for the ride.
In the movie, like the comics, Reed is brought to the Baxter Building. Instead of being an apartment building, it’s actually a giant governmental think tank where fellow geniuses work to better the country and world. In the movie they get Reed because he was able to make an inter-dimensional transporter out of junk when he was in grade school. To sum up what the government wants with the transporter…they want to do what the humans in Avatar did, plunder a world for it’s resources to use on your own.
Once the team develops powers, the people that run the Baxter Building want to return to the dimension and make more super power soldiers. What could go wrong?
The real problem with the movie wasn’t the story line. The real problems were all of the conflicts that went on behind the scenes.
For instance, the director Josh Trank tweeted that he had a great version of the movie but we’d “probably never see it.” FOX thought that Trank’s version was too violent (yet Deadpool was rated R and used the F work 85 times) and forced the director to make reshoots. Another problem with this movie was that the filmmakers didn’t think it was necessary for the actors to read any of the comics because the movie was an original story not based on the comics. WRONG!
I could go on forever on how bad this movie was, but when you pull back all the layers, the only reason this movie was EVER made was so FOX could maintain the rights. If Fox wasn’t able to get this movie out by the end of 2015, Marvel would have gotten the rights back. Fox has been mum about the Fantastic Four’s sequel set for a June 2017 date…let’s just hope it’s better than this box office failure.
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