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How to Fix ‘Fantastic Four’

Twenty Century Fox

It’s no secret that the most recent Fantastic Four reboot is an atrocity. It’s to the point that Fox is asking audience members what they would like to see in a future Fantastic Four film. It’s disconcerting that the studio that makes the damn films doesn’t even know how to make a good adaptation of Marvel’s First Family, but whatever, I guess. We thought we would take a moment to say how we would answer Fox’s survey.

No More Origin Stories

It’s too late to reboot the Fantastic Four again, so Fox just has to roll with it and make a sequel to Trank’s version. Don’t be like the Amazing Spider-Man and give up so easily. Just realize that you screwed up with the reboot and make an awesome sequel that actually expands upon the original.

Tell A Different Story

There is a reason the Fantastic Four have lasted on the page for over 50 years. There are a plethora of stories to choose from. Rise Of The Silver Surfer at least tried this back in 2007, but it did so with minimal results (the cheesiness of those movies is what cripples them the most). Give us something we’ve never seen before, and it might be worth checking out.

A 2-Hour Run Time

I know I have mentioned this before, but I maintain that it’s a valid point. Don’t rush the film. Give your characters time to make an impression. Have an actual beginning, middle and end. It’s not that difficult.

Less Bickering

Both the 2005 version and 2015 version feature the Fantastic Four bickerin to the point that they don’t actually work together until the climax of the film (when they finally realize they work better as a team…shocker). Why don’t we just have them get along and work as a team throughout the whole movie?

Lock Down A Tone

One of the most intriguing aspects of Trank’s version of Fantastic Four was its Cronenberg-ian body horror aspects. Add that to Dr. Doom exploding some heads, and you’ve got a pretty serious film. It doesn’t mesh well when you add in a stereotypical “comic book” tone. Decide what kind of film you want to make, and don’t be schizophrenic about it.

A New Villain (Or A Scarier Dr. Doom)

This makes two times (or three, if you count the unreleased 90s version) that Dr. Doom hasn’t been done justice on screen. Either pick a new villain (that isn’t a giant cloud), or get Dr. Doom right. It’s that simple.

Give It Back To Marvel

Clearly, Fox doesn’t know what they’re doing. They only put Trank’s version into production because the rights were about to expire. Sometimes, it’s better to just admit you’re out of your element and give it to the people who know what they’re doing. Fox, be a dear and pass it along, would you?

What do you want from Fantastic Four in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

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