All too often, when I am catching up on my monthly reading of some Marvel comics, nostalgia takes over, and I think to myself "Wow it would be so cool if that was in a movie!", but then reality takes over, and by reality I mean Marvel not owning the rights to use certain characters for their movies. It is times like these that you have to hand it to DC/Warner Bros. for keeping all their properties in one box. But instead of focusing on pointless ramblings, I thought it worth discussing the future of Fox and its version of the MCU.
The Fantastic Four!
The subject on most peoples minds as of late has to be the Fantastic Four Reboot, and for good reason. The movie has come under fire (excuse the pun!) after the announcement of Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) starring as Johnny Storm a.k.a. the Human Torch. It is understandable for canon sake to be outraged by that casting choice, as anyone who thinks of Johnny Storm pictures a young blonde Caucasian. The hardest part for me about the upcoming movie is the thought of how bad it's predecessors were. All of the 3 Fantastic Four movies to date stank from the scent of ruined childhoods, and that is before we even consider the Galactus fart cloud.
Opinions aside, I want to highlight what this Reboot could mean for us (if done right-ish). When I picture a Fantastic Four movie franchise I think about its build up from an introduction to Dr Doom, to the imminent arrival of the Skrull empire, then the revenge of Dr Doom, followed by the universal devastation of the World Eater, Galactus. With those scenarios out on the table we can see the potential for Fox if they play their cards right. The new direction of the Fantastic Four franchise can still be a source enjoyment. And I will show you why.
Movie goers are probably bored of the typical origin story, having to sit through one every-time a movie gets a reboot, and whilst the Fantastic Four movie will be no different in this regard, we can expect cosmic level foundations to begin their awesome adventure.
The four get their powers when they are teleported to a dangerous alternate universe, which seems alright when you take it as that, but if you are a fan of the team, thoughts of the Negative Zone are probably swishing through your mind right now. Imagine what doors this opens, aside from being the place that the team get's their powers from. Will we see some possible alien action from one of the races that inhabit the N-Zone? Maybe the team barely escapes with their lives, and just when they thought things couldn't get worse the military goes after them viewing them as a threat to national security, extending (especially in the case of Mister Fantastic) to the human race. Sounds like the kind of thing any government would do in a realistic scenario. They would need to learn how to think on their feet to survive as a team, and when they have some room to breathe, have utter chaos ensue.
Enter Victor Domashev/ Doom
Not even the slightest bit sure as to how the teams relationship with Victor (Toby Kebbell) will begin, but I am certain that when he starts dishing out pain, the Four will be pushed to new lengths (though I doubt the human torch would have to go supernova to kill him). Possibly the best part about the upcoming movie is that Dr. Doom will get an origin story that does his character justice. No point in rebooting the franchise if such a key character is squandered with yet another shallow storyline. We can be assured that this won't be happening with Doom in the reboot for the soul reason that Kebbell is the voice behind the menacing Koba from the Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes movie. The skill he put into mastering the voice made every word from Koba's mouth send shivers down my spine. When the movie is over I hope he has the same impact that Tom Hiddelston's Loki had on us.
Beyond The Reboot
The teasers and easter eggs galore will surely be spread throughout film, and should give us a forecast of what we can expect in the next movies (probably a tease of Galactus). The Skrull's would make for a perfect invasion force to face off against the 'Four', introducing the Super Skrull as their ultimate weapon for the destruction of the human race. He wields a combination of the Fantastic Fours powers, showing them how the abuse of their powers could lead to total destruction. This is a continuation of the idea explored in the first movie when the military are after them because they pose a threat. The capabilities of the menacing Super Skrull are hinted at in The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer when Johnny Storm uses the combined abilities of the team to battle Dr. Doom who, at that stage, wielded the power of the Silver Surfer.
The second movie could then conclude with Sue Storm testing positive on a pregnancy test, which means the introduction of Franklin Richards into the universe. This will then bridge the gap between the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Perfect timing for a team up against the most deadliest threat yet. But who could be so dangerous that it would require the combined efforts of both teams to defeat?
None other than the World-Eater, Galactus. He sends forth his herald, Norrin Radd, who will come to be known as the Silver Surfer, who then prepares the earth to be consumed. Of course, this would need to be split up into two movies to first show the battle against the Surfer along with the revolt against his master, and finally the defeat of Galactus in the second part. Though, these events will probably take place after the X-Men: Apocalypse movie, which could be a reason for Galactus showing up on Earths doorstep in the first place. In the end, these are merely theories and suggestions that I think would be rather awesome to experience in the upcoming movies.
Anything could happen of course in the future. The Reboot could fail forcing Fox to revert their rights back to Marvel, but I really hope that it doesn't for the sake of allowing them to try one last time. Here's to the 'Fantastic' future, whichever way it goes!