On the weekend at D23, there was a statue of Thanos surrounded by four shrouded figures, and the assumption a lot of fans started making was that these four represented a very significant quartet in the annals of Marvel Comics: the Fantastic Four. That was shot down quickly when the shrouds were lifted to reveal four members of the Black Order, Thanos’ henchmen for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, but the hopes of fans remain high that after three underwhelming FF movies produced by 20th Century Fox, Marvel’s First Family might finally be coming home. Well, Kevin Feige‘s got some cold water to throw on you. (more…)
Recently, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, said that they have some ideas for what the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe might look like after Avengers 4 in May 2019. It may be a world without phases, he said, but the one thing he did know was that it was “gonna be very, very different.” Different how? Below are some suggestions for what new directions the MCU might go into next, some educated guesses given what they’ve done so far. So what might be in store for – well let’s just call it – Phase 4? (more…)
Mads Mikkelsen is a remarkably accomplished Danish actor, and that’s even before you start talking about his most well-known works in Casino Royale, Hannibal, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Doctor Strange. He’s great, he’s gotten great roles, and that doesn’t happen by accident. Indeed, Mikkelsen, while being a working actor, is also a discerning actor, meaning that he’s not about to take roles that don’t fulfill him. To wit, Mikkelsen just confessed that he walked away from a possible role in Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four, which makes you wonder if he knew something no one else did till after the film was released. (more…)
For those who only watch movies based on Marvel characters, Stan Lee is the old man who somehow always end up in the film, making a brief cameo. We fans of the comic books know that he is pretty much the Godfather of everything Marvel. Many of the characters we know and love he is the creator for. Many of them were probably made in a fever dream long ago when he was a writer for Marvel comics. He’s given us greats like Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, The X-Men, and much more. He has since stepped down from heavy involvement in the day to day at Marvel but still appearances in many of the films. He’s more than happy to see many of his creations on the big and small screen. However, not all of the Marvel films have been certified hits. What did he think of them? Does he have a film that he didn’t like as much as the rest?
Long a shady chapter of comic book movie lore, and only available on videotapes in the back allies of comic cons, the legend of the original Fantastic Four movie has grown over the last quarter century. Perhaps overshadowed by three middling to terrible adaptations of Marvel’s First Family, it’s easy to forget way back when, at the dawn of the 90s, there was a Fantastic Four movie so terrible, that it was never released for mass consumption. So in the spirit of comic book movies that never happened, another film crew has taken it upon themselves to preserve for posterity that, which was never meant to be seen. Coming this fall, Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four. (more…)
When FOX decided to reboot The Fantastic Four, many saw this as a pretty good idea (at the time). With the success of X-Men: Days of Future Past, it looked like Fox was doing some course correction for their failed comic book franchises and they could do the same for the first family of Marvel. The previous version of Fantastic Four came out in 2005 and also had a less than stellar sequel. Both films were made before this new age of superhero films and were not received that well. In order to retain the rights to the Fantastic Four from Marvel, Fox needed to continue making films surrounding the characters, enter the 2015 reboot. The studio hired a director in his prime, Josh Trank as well as the cast that is all also at the top of their game (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell), what could go wrong? Well, apparently a lot!
The day before his Fantastic Four movie came out last summer, Josh Trank posted a now famous, though quickly deleted, Twitter post than said, “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would’ve received great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though.” Given the resounding thud that the movie landed with last August, a lot of fans and critics somehow doubted that this film ever had a good version, but one of the actors in Fantastic Four is now saying that Trank was right. His version was good, and that’s too bad because we’ll never see it. (more…)
It’s the rumor that’s been chasing every story about the Fantastic Four movie since last summer when Josh Trank‘s reboot tanked hard: how long until Marvel‘s First Family makes its way back to Marvel Studios. The unmitigated disaster of Fantastic Four 2015, plus the middling ho-hum efforts of the two Tim Story movies have some fans wondering if that’s three strikes and Twentieth Century Fox is out, and as of today, the answer seems to be “Yes.” Breaking news over the weekend seems to indicated that Fox and Marvel have reached a deal to bring the Fantastic Four home in exchange for some rights to two new X-Men-related series. (more…)
As you’re no doubt aware, there was a major movie awards ceremony this weekend and Fantastic Four, one of the most talked about genre flicks from last year, won and won big, picking up a slew of trophies including the (not) coveted main prize. A more deserving winner we can’t think of. Also, we had the Oscars. (more…)
Some sad news today for comic book fans as the Fantastic Four’s run at Marvel Comics has officially ended. Many felt that the end was near, but now that’s it here, the feeling is quite surreal. Especially since this will be the first time in 50 years that there hasn’t been a Fantastic Four comic book at Marvel. The recent failing of the last film didn’t help brighten things up. And don’t forget the constant tension that exists between Fox and Marvel over movie rights. If you’re interested to know how it all ended in the comic books, then keep reading.