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.
On the cusp of the all important Oscar nominations tomorrow morning, the nominations for the highly-influential (though for entirely different reasons) 36th annual Golden Raspberry Awards were announced this morning in Los Angeles. The “Razzies,” as they’re more commonly known, seek to honor (sarcastically) the worst movies of the year, and the 2016 race features a log-jam of frontrunners including a sci-fi opus, a mall cop comedy, an erotic drama based on Twilight fan fic, and the ubiquitous Adam Sandler entry. As usual, this year’s Razzie noms include previous Oscar winners, those currently in contention for Oscars, and those who just continually make bad decisions when choosing movies to make. (more…)
As the new year begins, we take one final look back at 2015 to identify once and for all what the best nerdy movies of 2015 were. Despite our complaints about Hollywood’s lack of originality, or its overdependence on franchises or previously established intellectual properties, this is still not an easy list to tabulate; in the year 2015, there were more than enough contenders to make two Top 10 lists. Since we’re in the business of playing favorites, however, 10 and only 10 could be chosen, and so we chose.
Making the cut this year were a fair number of sequels and spin-offs, but also a hardcore science-fiction film, an allegory-filled horror entry, a bloody western, a charming animated movie, a documentary, a mockumentary, and the only movie that took A.I. and all its implications seriously in a year full of killer, self-aware robots. Submitted for your approval, here are the Top 10 Films of 2015 (and the 5 Worst ones). (more…)
I’m surprised it took this long for Screen Junkies Honest Trailers to take a crack at Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four. Well, rightfully we should call it Fox‘s Fantastic Four. Trank opted out of taking any credit for this movie once it hit theater screens. Now this may seem like beating a dead horse, we’ve all taken a swing at this movie at some point, but some people need that negative reinforcement to actually learn anything. Yeah, I’m looking at you, you meddling-can’t-leave-well-enough-alone Fox Executives. (more…)