The Fantastic Four can be interesting. I promise you. Their origin story, and most of their earth-bound stories are not where they shine though. The stories that have captivated me most are the ones where they are travelling in space, or travelling through other dimensions, or when they are part of a bigger story that spans through other comics. This is where they shine. This is where we will utilize them.
Mr. Fantastic is a genius that can do so much with his mind and he can be an integral part of so much more. We’ve already been introduced to his potential in Dark Phoenix. There, we also met Sue and their son, Franklin. Franklin is just a kid, but he may be the most powerful mutant in the universe.
The first Fantastic Four movie will be set in space. No backstory, no origin story. They are already the Fantastic Four, and have been a team for a while. The movie opens with a conversation between Mr. Fantastic and Beast. Mr. Fantastic has been studying Tabby’s Star, which has been baffling real life scientists for a few years now. Some speculate there could be a Dyson Sphere (energy collecting solar panels) around it. It will be fun to combine real life science-fiction with this movie.
After the groundwork is laid in the beginning, the Fantastic Four, with Franklin, head out to space to get a closer look at Tabby’s Star. Along the way, they make stops at a few planets and moons with alien life. They learn of a great race that controls the sector of the galaxy where Tabby’s Star resides, and hear rumors of a great war.
When they enter that sector of the galaxy, there indeed is a war. Tabby’s Star is actually a Dyson Sphere used to create power for the great army in their battle against Annihilus. Annihilus’s forces are bent on taking over the entire galaxy, and this sector is the only real threat standing in his way.
Because the fate of the galaxy is at stake, the Fantastic Four become drawn in to help. I think of this movie as a grand space opera with extremely high stakes. There will be a minor sub-plot developing Franklin’s character and hinting at how powerful he will become. In the end, it’s Mr. Fantastic’s great mind along with the rest of the Fantastic Four that are key in defeating Annihilus.
Read the next chapter here: X-Men Reboot: X-Force
I grew up an X-Men fan. They were the only comic book I liked, & I read anything mutant. The first couple X-Men films were very exciting, but I was on some level, disappointed in all the solo Wolverine movies (except for the most recent one), and all the X-Team movies since then. Also, I’m obviously not alone when I say the Fantastic Four movies have left a lot to be desired. I argue about this stuff to anyone who’ll listen, and they always ask, “what would you do to fix it?”
Over the next few posts, I’ll be outlining my plan to fix the X-Men Cinematic Universe, which will include the Fantastic Four. This will be a complete reboot, with the exception of Deadpool. This plan will cover thirteen films and take the X-Men all the way to the mid-2020’s.
In comparison to a lot of other super heroes, the Fantastic Four are not the most exciting. They are, however, integral in the Marvel Universe in so many ways. The most boring part about them is their origin and earth-bound stories. This is why their movies have failed. I will be placing them where they are most fun: in space, in other dimensions, or playing vital roles in bigger story-lines.
Franklin Richards, the son of Sue & Reed Richards is a mutant, and a great tie-in with the X-Men. He also plays a vital role in the bigger story of Onslaught, who will be the big bad all of these movies are leading up to.
While I’ve never been a fan of rebooting movies, it has become obvious the X-Men are in a dire need of this. The timelines they’ve played with have made everything ridiculous. Also, a lot of their famous cast are now done.
While Fox has not been very good at making superhero movies, they have been great at casting. That’s probably the reason they held off on a reboot thus far, and is why they have multiple great Professor X’s and Magneto’s right now. I can’t keep all or most of the current cast in a reboot, but I feel like I can keep a few. Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey, Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, and Olivia Munn’s Psylocke are three I’d absolutely love to keep. Three would be tough, and as good as Quicksilver has been, he’s just not necessary to the plan. Northstar (who basically has the same powers as Quicksilver) is a big part of this, meaning Evan Peters can be cut. Olivia Munn wasn’t a major character in Apocalypse, almost like Deadpool was in Wolverine, so she’s definitely doable. Sophie Turner is a bit tougher. I’d love to keep her, but if it can’t be well done, then recast her.
The one thing that’s great about the current X-Universe (other than Fox’s casting) is Deadpool. This is why I want to reboot everything into the Deadpool Universe/timeline. I would utilize Deadpool like how Marvel utilized Iron Man by making him the center of the universe at first.
A lot of people may be screaming right now to just give it all back to Marvel. First of all, that won’t happen, but more importantly, you don’t really want that. Marvel simply can’t and won’t put out that many movies in one year. To truly do the X-Men and Fantastic Four justice, Marvel would need to double the number of movies it releases each year. Does this sound realistic? No.
Freddy Krueger, Darth Vader, and Magneto: My 3 favorite villains of all time, in no particular order. But it’s well known that Magneto has been done to death in the movies. So I’ll be giving him a little break for a while, but he will be an impactful part of the larger story-line.
These movies will press boundaries, and even have a different feel from one another while still tie together. Deadpool & X-Force will headline the R-Rated angle, while New Mutants will have a “teen” feel, taking place in the Xavier School. Fantastic Four will be otherworldly, taking place in space and other dimensions. And the X-Men films will be grand in scope, and epic in outcomes.
One more thing before I get into the actual movie slate. The X-Universe has only one top-tier black character: Storm. Beyond that, Bishop is the only other really cool black character. Bishop will play a major role in my plan, but there’s unfortunately no room for Storm until later. With the exception of the few actual casting suggestions I make, I’m going to stay away from race with the knowledge that they should be casting black, Asian, Latino, and gay characters. Change anyone, it ultimately doesn’t matter to the story, but they need to have a diverse cast. I’m sure there will be some uprising online if they cast a black actor to play Cyclops, but screw those people, it has to be done.
So all that being said, come back to read the plan as it unfolds. My upcoming posts will outline the movie release slate and the important plot points that will happen in them. I do this fully aware that there are X-Movies already in the works, and this plan can be easily amended to accommodate that. For example, has the Gambit movie been shelved? If so, I’ll find another way to reintroduce Psylocke. Is the next X-Film doing the Dark Phoenix story? Fine; because there’s a hundred other great stories to choose from to replace it.
This is part 1 of a 13 part series about this reboot. Below is the slate I’ll be working with. As they are posted, I’ll turn this list into links.
X-Men: Onslaught Part 1
Fantastic 4: Part 2
X-Men: Onslaught Part 2