So, we have all heard about how bad the new Fantastic Four movie is. Many comic book fans were hoping to see a good movie based around the Fantastic Four and then were given something worse. Being a lifelong comic book and film fanatic, I'd like to tell the studios how to make a great FF film. If Spiderman can get a threeboot, why can't the Fantastic Four?
1. Tie in with the MCU
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is home to the most successful superhero movies. Marvel is by far the best at adapting comic book storylines and characters to film. They have great directors, writers, and actors all working together to create amazing films. The Fantastic Four would tie-in well with the Inhumans, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange, and Black Panther films.
Imagine the FF working with the Guardians and Avengers during Infinity Wars! In the comics, the Fantastic Four have interacted nearly every character and that would look great on film. And, with Reed Richards, Tony Stark, Black Bolt, Dr. Strange, and Black Panther, we have most of Marvel's Illuminati, which plays an integral role in the World War Hulk and Planet Hulk storylines, as well as many other fan favorite arcs.
2. Ignore the origin
The Fantastic Four's origin is, well, ridiculous. Honestly, that's not what the fans want to see. Most readers know their origin or have seen the movies in which that origin is explored. It really doesn't play that much of a part in the comics. Batman's origin is a very important part of his character, but for the FF, it's really not.
Now to the new film's credit, it does explore the Negative Zone and make it an important plot point, but the space radiation origin is pretty farfetched. We need to see an experienced Fantastic Four face a threat that they've never faced before, or focus on their most iconic villain...
3. Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom is an excellent thought-provoking and complex villain. His origin is tragic and his abilities are immense. He has resources most villains have, he's more powerful than the Four, and his intentions, while selfish, are positive. If it wasn't for his many character flaws, he would be a hero.
That's an interesting character. But his portrayals in the other films are just simply nothing like the character in the comics. We need an accomplished actor to portray him. He doesn't need to be the main villain, in fact, he's probably better in a supporting role, aiding the Four in stopping a major threat.
4. A great cast and crew
One of the many problems with the previous FF films is the lack of a great cast and crew to bring the characters to life. Don't cut corners. With so many talented and experienced actors and directors, it can't be too difficult to make a decent adaptation. This isn't the kind of film to take a chance on, you need to have all of your ducks in a row. If you invest enough money, you can make a great movie.
5. Explore the world of the Fantastic Four
Yes, we saw the Negative Zone and the Baxter Building. But let's see the supporting characters of the Fantastic Four brought to the forefront. Franklin Richards and the Power Pack, Black Panther, Spiderman, the Inhumans, Galactus (the REAL Galactus), etc. Let's explore more of the Universe and meet The Living Tribunal, Chaos and Order, Eternity, and The One Above All. There's so much to see with the Fantastic Four, and it would be a shame if we were never able to see it.