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Fans of Marvel's fantastic foursome in comic-book form may want to look away now - Kate Mara's been talking about the upcoming Fantastic Four film adaptation, and she's revealed some seriously controversial information.

Speaking to Esquire México, Mara was asked what her feelings towards comics were, and her response could have major implications when it comes to the movie:

"I've never been a fan of comics, I've never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn't necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn't do it because the plot won't be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it's very exciting to be part of a movie like this."

Just to clarify - the movie won't be based on any previously published story. Which means that the foursome's origins are likely to change completely, their relationships to one another could be fundamentally altered, and whatever plot-line we do eventually see almost certainly won't bear any resemblance to fan favorites from over the years.

It's also interesting that director Josh Trank instructed the cast not to read up on the comics - an approach also taken by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn.

Now, this may all sound like a bad thing - and it's certainly a risky move - but for anyone out there who's feeling a bit on the angry, despairing side right now, don't panic. There is a silver lining to all this.

Just think about all the things from the comics that we now won't, under any circumstances, no way, no how, see on screen.

Things like:


Originally added to the team in the 1978 animated series as a result of the Human Torch's licensing issue-related absence, H.E.R.B.I.E., or Humanoid Experimental Robot, B-type, Integrated Electronics, is a figure of consistent loathing for many fans.

Mainly because he's a cute robot with a funny voice, and not an actual superhero.

Something which can't be said for:

Power Man, aka Luke Cage (Sucking)

Who, it should be pointed out before we go any further, is awesome - and whose upcoming Netflix series is one of the most interesting comic projects currently on the radar.

That being said, his time working with the Fantastic Four? Not so great.

Cage joined the team to replace The Thing as the muscle, and promptly got mind controlled by their old enemy The Puppet Master, and attacked his teammates. And then left the team.

Not that a crossover between the Marvel Netflix characters and Fox's FF wouldn't be cool and all, but that particular story-line we can all probably live without.

Speaking of a certain theatrical villain, though:

The Puppet Master Being Creepy

One of the Fantastic Four's oldest enemies, Phillip Masters was a diabolical master of radioactive clay, which he used to control the minds of others - literally attaching string to the clay, and moving them like puppets. He largely hates the Fantastic Four because his step-daughter, the blind sculptor Alicia Masters, is one of the primary love interests for The Thing (and later The Human Torch).

Who he has a weird, vaguely incestuous obsession with.

Oh, and at one point he literally starts selling slaves.

Y'know what, I think the movies can live without him...


The Mole Man Being VERY Of His Time

The very first villain the FF ever faced, The Mole Man was a nuclear engineer who, shunned for his disagreeable personality and peculiar appearance, formed a new society underground.

Full of mole people (or Moloids).

Which, frankly, isn't likely to play well in a Josh Trank film.

Much like:


A giant sort-of-bulldog. That can teleport.

Which in the comics is awesome.

But on screen would play out like a really weird version of Marmaduke.

And honestly, who wants that?

[The Fantastic Four](movie:34667) is set for release June 19, 2015.


What do you guys think? Is Josh Trank right to leave the comic-books behind?



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