Oh the fickle hearts of Hollywood's execs. A little over a month ago, it seemed as if Fox had a flaming desire to forge a franchise out of Marvel's First Family - the Fantastic Four, with X-Men phenom Bryan Singer at the helm. But, after the resoundingly bad reviews for Josh Trank's attempt at a Fantastic Foray into supermovies, the plan was swiftly canned.
According to This Is Infamous, Fox's plan was to corral Singer into becoming the overlord of their cinematic universe, and create something as enviably awesome as Kevin Feige has made over at the big M. This dream included plans for a FF sequel and an eventual crossover between that talented team and the X-Men.
That would've been incredible, right? Seeing the Human Torch duke it out with Iceman, or Juggernaut and The Thing tearing up urban cityscapes, or Jean Grey taking on the Invisible Woman!
Alas, we'll probably never see this happen on cinema screens, as producers Simon Kinsberg and Hutch Parker tore through speculation like adamantium claws through butter when they shot the idea down in an open letter to NY Daily News:
They exist in parallel universes. The Fantastic 4 live in a world without mutants. And the X-Men live in a world without the Fantastic 4.
Crossing them over would be challenging, but we sure would love to see all those actors together, the way we had them on stage at [San Diego] Comic Con.
So, umm, what does this mean for the Fantastic Four now?
That's three strikes for Fox and their team of iconic super-friends and family, so surely they should cut their losses and hand the ailing beast back to its previous owners, right?
Just as Spider-Man is readying himself to swing back into action carrying the MCU's banner, sans origin story, if FF were to arrive back on their parental doorstep, looking suitably ashamed of its actions, Marvel would most definitely clean them up, pat them on the backside and send them back into action as the badasses we've come to know them as during their 60 year existence.
But which storylines would be apt enough for them?
MCU x FF: Age of Abbreviations
Or: What I'd Like to See
Let's have a look at a couple of FF's best and recent comic storylines that'll really get your flame on:
Fantastic Four Vol. 3 #46-50: Resurrection of Galactus (1998)
If Marvel were to acquire the rights to FF, it'd be a damn long time before we see them on the screens again, meaning the threat of Thanos would have been explored and, possibly, quashed, and Black Panther, Captain Marvel and, the Inhumans would have all had their solo runs.
With that in mind, the MCU would need most definitely a new villain to take on, and who better than Abraxas and the badass world eater himself - Galactus.
In this arc, Abraxas has managed to kill Galactus and has set his sights on destroying all of the multiverses. In order to stop this, the FF must get together their most iconic and powerful allies - Silver Surfer, Moondragon, Marvel Girl, Quasar, et al - and stop the embodiment of destruction from getting its hands on the Ultimate Nullifier.
The Four and allies succeed at the last minute as some of their allies use every last drop of their energy to reanimate Galactus - for he is one of the few beings that can match Abraxas in battle - and Reed Richards uses the Ultimate Nullifier to restore reality, and prevent Abraxas from running off.
This arc would be perfect because it would establish more Marvel characters within their universal framework. Plus, who doesn't want to see the Silver Surfer on the screen again?! Plus, if Spider-Man has existed in the background of the MCU for years, why couldn't Galactus and the various other cosmic badasses have too?
What if later Galactus double crosses the Four, and sets about attempting to nibble on earth, setting off another calamitous set of events? Seems like a job for the Avengers, Doctor Strange and all the other heroes of the MCU!
If Film Doesn't Work...
What about TV? We've all high hopes for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage's entrances to Marvel's televisual universe, seeing as Daredevil was so outrageously great! So why couldn't the Four have their shot?
Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #575-578: Prime Elements (2010)
Taking action across four issues, "Prime Elements" has the team venturing to all manner of locations, from battling Mole Man underground, exploring the Atlantic ocean, milling about in space and more.
These stories alone have enough scope to be played out across four seasons with a 10/13 episode run, and have the potential to be a real romp of an adventure. If GoT can span the globe to create the stunning locales of Westeros and Essos, then so can Marvel. Without a Galactus sized shadow of a doubt.
What do you think?
(Source: Comic Book, NY Daily News, Wiki, This Is Infamous)