The new Fantastic Four movie will be released this Friday and reactions have been mixed to say the least. Phrases like “ANOTHER reboot?” and “This isn’t MCU! Get away!” are all over the internet. The fact that the previous two movies featuring these characters weren’t all that great doesn’t help the situation either.
Just because those movies were bad, doesn’t mean things can’t change. Look at the difference between Batman & Robin and Batman Begins. It is possible to learn from what didn’t go so well and make things better. Let’s take a look at some of the criteria for that Marvel’s first family needs to reach the top of the box office.
Victor Von Doom is the Fantastic Four’s greatest villain. A brilliant scientist in his own right, Doom is also the leader of the fictional nation of Latveria. One thing that makes this character such a fascinating villain was that he respects magic, sorcery, and the supernatural to gain the advantage just as much as he respects science. It is this combination that would make his battles with the Fantastic Four fun, because it acted as a foil to Reed’s 100% scientific philosophies.
Doom’s arrogance, depending on the story, has been both a blessing and a curse. It was a blessing because it’s what helps him rarely ever be caught. How many times have we seen not only the Fantastic Four, but the Avengers as well think they have Doom cornered only for it to be yet another Doombot. It’s a curse because he is so full of himself, he always seems surprised when his plans fail. Yes, he DOES have a consistent exit strategy, but the fact that he has to consistently USE it is what he has trouble comprehending.
Another “Doom-namic” is being the sovereign leader of his own country. So not only do heroes have to deal with mad-scientist schemes, but diplomatic immunity as well? Not fair.
That’s what I want out of a Doom in a Fantastic Four film. The deranged dictator of Latveria whose science, magic, and Doombots cause nothing but trouble for our heroes.
The Marvel teams represents different genres – The Avengers: Action and Adventure, The X-Men: Social Awareness and The Fantastic Four: Science and Exploration. The majority of the obstacles the team faced were either science based, or could be solved with science. The Baxter Building and Reed’s lab could be considered as much a member of the team as the other four.
Now, we are talking about comic books, so sometimes you have to read it as “science.” I don’t mind that, and am okay seeing it on the big screen. I just want it to be explainable, and be consistent. If what I am told is the same throughout the entire film, my suspension of disbelief can be maintained. From what I have seen in the new trailer, no matter how “Fantastic” the science may seem, it will at the very least be consistent throughout.
Sense of Family
Going back to Marvel’s teams, we can break them down once again. You have the Avengers, the pro football team with all the best players. The X-Men is the high school team that the coach needs to mold. Then you have the Fantastic Four, who represent the family unit that will win every competition at the corporate picnic.
I want to see a Fantastic Four movie where the family aspect is not only touched upon, but a driving force behind their motivations. I want the in-fighting, the pranks, and the conflict, but I want to see them come together and use their differences to become the team that we’ve known for over 50 years.
The 2005 movie had all the parts. It had the in-fighting, the pranks, and the conflict. It even had the moment where they came together as a team. What it lacked was the chemistry to make the mixture of all those aspects of family into something – well – fantastic. When the team came together in the 2005 movie, which should have been earlier than with 7 minutes left in the film, I should have gotten the same feelings that I did when I saw this:
And there you have it. A Doctor Doom that is a worthy villain, science that they can stand by throughout the entire movie, and a cohesive family unit that can work through any problem – even their own. Those three things are my ingredients for a great Fantastic Four movie. Come this Friday, maybe we will see if anyone followed my recipe.
So what do you think? What would be included in YOUR Fantastic Four movie? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below.
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