Let's be honest, there are not many people thrilled about the reboot of Marvel's first family coming out next week. It's not that we don't want it to happen... it's that we really don't want it to happen. Honestly, I'm not excited about going to see it, although I still will. But thinking about it did make me question just why I wasn't excited. There are a few key elements about it, and things that it has to overcome when it comes out.
1. The Reboot Factor
I've written an article on this, which you can check out here. Basically, I think that the superhero reboot is getting too close together, and the memory of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is too fresh a wound for people to get behind this new film, fearing that their favourite comic book characters will once again get destroyed. Honestly, what was up with Galactus?
2. The Powers Set
Fire is cool, no problem there. Strength is cool, and the rock hard skin is an added bonus. Invisibility is cool, and force fields is even cooler. The big problem here is Mr Fantastic. Elasticity could be pretty cool, but only when done right. Unlike the Ioan Gruffield version of the character, Miles Teller needs to be used right in the team, not just the genius, also the guy who could break into any building anywhere, get anywhere, grab anything from anywhere, and basically do whatever he wants. It's a nice power set in this team, but you have to use it correctly.
3. Origin Story
There have been some significant alterations to the story of how the team got their powers, as well as a change to the origin of the Storms, who are now Step-siblings? Well, that's fine by me. The smart change is the alternate dimension. Space never seemed quite realistic somehow, but this dimension thing makes a lot more sense, and could provide some brilliant storylines for the future. I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with this.
4. The Cinematic Universe?
This part is just a little confusing. Many people are expecting this reboot to lead to a cross-over between the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, however with the X-Men stuck in the eighties, and with them changing the timeline constantly, where does the Fantastic Four meet with them? The X-Men are getting a whole new generation of mutants with their young versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops, etc, so how can they meet with the Fantastic Four, thirty years later? It doesn't add up. Also, where is Deadpool in all of this?
At the same time, if the Fantastic Four and X-Men are brought together successfully, it could breathe new life into the Fox Marvel FIlms, and could save them from the impending sense of doom they must be feeling over there. Let's face it, the X-Men on their own are starting to run out of steam. Fantastic Four has challenges to overcome, but if it can do so, it may help them out, and bring Marvel's first family the glory they deserve. We only have to wait a week to find out if Fox is saved or doomed.