It’s been grinding in the rumor mill since last summer, but over the weekend at New York Comic Con Marvel confirmed that yes, next year the Fantastic Four will be cancelled with issue #642, and just in time for the big screen release of the new Fantastic Four movie, which is not being released by Disney/Marvel Studios. Of course Marvel Comics isn’t spinning it that way, they’re calling this a “closing act” for the super-team, which implies that the long-running comic is coming to some kind of natural conclusion. Still, the stink of competitive corporate sabotage is on this move, even as Marvel assures that this will be ending that fans will enjoy. (more…)
Yesterday, we reported that the Marvel temper tantrum that resulted in the cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic book series’ was no more than the internet’s best way to avoid blaming itself. Rather than accepting that low sales killed FF, many fans are blaming Marvel’s decision to pull the plug on the upcoming Fantastic Four movie. If these fans are to be believed, Marvel is actively trying to sabotage the film’s success by removing any products that they consider advertising for the 20th Century Fox reboot. This notion seemed completely ridiculous and implausible, considering the fact that Marvel really has nothing to fear from any other studio at this point. Well, as much as I hate to think it, we just received some news that lends more credibility to rumor. (more…)
The Fantastic Four comic book series has been a fan favorite since its original run, dating back to 1961. All good things, as they say, must come to an end and Fantastic Four’s days are numbered. It has been announced that FF will be concluding its run in June of 2015, much to its fans’ displeasure. Cynical fans have been quick to point out that the cancellation date coincides quite nicely with the release of the Josh Tank helmed Fantastic Four big screen reboot, which is leading many to speculate that the cancellation of the comic series is due to Marvel’s attempt to sabotage the new movie. While it may appear to be a valid conspiracy theory, and everyone adores a good conspiracy theory, this one is made entirely of whole cloth. (more…)
No matter how you feel about the Fantastic Four reboot, it’s on its way. If you already have some preconceived notions, however, the fact is that they are simply based on the actors that have been cast as the superhero quartet rather than any substantial information about the movie itself. How can I be so certain? Simple – there has been almost no substantial information regarding the reboot ever since the cast was announced. Sure, there’s been a possible leaked pic here or there, and writer Simon Ginsberg mentioned that it would be more scientific than its FF predecessors but that’s about it. After months of speculation, we may finally be getting some real details about the project. (more…)
Long before Tim Story brought his mediocre vision of The Fantastic Four to the big screen, there was a man with a different sort of vision. That man is Roger Corman and he had, back in 1994, designs to produce his own Fantastic Four movie. That movie was eventually scraped and put into a dark warehouse somewhere to be forgotten, but the fascination with it continues to this very day. Hence the arrival of a documentary called DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s The Fantastic Four. Now you can check out a 3 ½ minute sneak peek of this documentary below. (more…)
Here’s the thing: for approximately 150,000 people San Diego Comic-Con is a majestic thrill ride and a joyous gathering of like-minded people who have, at one point or another, likely felt like an outcast because they simply liked what they liked. This weekend, those things took their place at the center of the universe and there was shopping and partying and drinking and laser tag and celebrities and 29 minutes of sleep. That’s what Comic-Con was. For you.
For the rest of us who don’t go but do follow the world of pop culture and geeky nerdiness, Comic-Con isn’t a place, so much as it is a time of year. A holiday that delivers unto us a chance to nerd out over an endless stream of hard news about comics, TV shows and movies — Comic -Con is when we get to feast on something real and not the gelatinous rumor paste that we have to subsist on all year long.
It’s that influx that excites the hundreds of thousands of people who follow the Comic-Con goings on; these things that get the world talking, and that’s why this thing feels as if it is an event that is much larger than it technically is. But for us to care this much about a party that we aren’t actually attending, we need to keep getting these thrills (or something like them) out of the deal or else what’s the point? (more…)
There’s been a little bit of controversy among the fanboys concerning the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in the newest incarnation of The Fantastic Four. But this article has nothing to do with that, so don’t worry. Actually, we’re just here to report that Jordan has been chatting with MTV about the upcoming film and he’s got quite a bit to say about the Josh Trank-directed reboot. Scroll on for the latest FF info. (more…)
There used be zero expectation that movies based on your favorite superheroes would borrow directly from specific comic book stories. That’s change in recent years. We’ve had tremendous comic book based movies based on actual comic book storylines, like Iron Man 3 and “Extremis,” Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, well, “The Winter Soldier,” and the latest X-Men movie Days of Future Past, which is based on the Uncanny X-Men story of the same name. So perhaps it has to be said now, but comic book movies aren’t always based on specific stories, and it appears that the new Fantastic Four movie will be one of those efforts. (more…)
Josh Trank‘s all-new, all-different Fantastic Four hits theaters everywhere next year, exactly 10 years after the first time a major Hollywood studio tried to make Marvel’s First Family, if not an Avengers level chart smasher then at least an X-Men par hit movie. But it wasn’t either. Despite getting enough grease to warrant a sequel, Tim Story‘s two Fantastic Four movies remain a giant example of what not to do when adapting a comic book into a film. But seriously, how does Story feel about his movies 10 years after the fact? Let’s ask him. (more…)
This time on the show, the guys return for episode 101 with special guest Chris Cummins (Den of Geek US, Topless Robot, Geekadelphia) who stops by to shill his eBay auctions and talk with our illustrious hosts about the week’s nerdy news, the splendor that is The Hitchhiker’s Guide, our right to read whatever we like and the death of Batman and Superman: Friendship is Magic.
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