Things are so bad for this film that Marvel Entertainment wants NOTHING to do with this failure. It was no surprise to me when Marvel Comics announced weeks ago that they were going to cancel the Fantastic Four series indefinitely! To the shock and horror to many a long time F4 fan this was incomprehensible news to fathom. How could Marvel do such a thing?! Well to me it all made perfectly clear sense! Why would Marvel, support FOX in any way shape or form with the debacle that is going to be the new rebooted F4 movie. Marvel MUST have known what’s in store for fans. For Marvel to not want to even be affiliated with Fantastic Four right now only speaks volumes to me.
Things are just not looking good for the “first family” of superheroes at all and it’s all 20th Century FOX’s fault plain and simple! I am as open-minded and as hardcore a comic fan as it’s going to get! I will give anything a fair chance. So when it takes something this bad to really piss me off to finally say what I am VERY SURE many a true Marvel fan has been feeling for sometime now. FOX Studios is about to make such a disaster of the “first family” of superheroes it is just not even funny to joke about anymore!
I will be completely honest here. From the start of production when Michael B. Jordan (The Wire) was announced to be playing the role of The Human Torch, I didn’t just dismiss this new concept. I was still very willing to give the writers and director a chance at something new. It’s not like changes haven’t been made in other comic book films. As much as I didn’t like those changes sometimes it just had to be done for the sake of sacrificing original material to be able to tell a story all audiences can understand. The thought of Johnny Storm being portrayed by a very talented African-American actor is not what upset comic fans. It was the recognition that the writers of the film were going far away from the source material. If Johnny was black and Sue was white…..well it didn’t take a genius to figure out the Fantastic Four we all knew and loved growing up were pretty much NOT going to be in this new reboot. That being said, I was STILL willing to give this movie a shot.
Next came word from Michael B. Jordan in an interview, that the Fantastic Four in this movie were not wearing “costumes” that they were more like “suits” they would be wearing. There was none of that comic book spandex Hollywood studios deem as a “no no” for a big budget blockbuster movie. As Michael put it himself in recent interviews.
“I think we did a really good job at making it modern, new, fresh without going to the cheesy superhero outfits,” he said. “We didn’t take the easy way out at all. So I didn’t mind it so much.”
Jordan elaborated some more on that in another interview.
“I think it wasn’t on set, but it was during the fittings when I put on the full outfit and looked at myself in the mirror, and I was like, ‘Oh shit. Game on!’” he said. “It was like, this is it! This is what it looks like. This is what it feels like. It felt good. […] You can talk about it and discuss it and what not it. But it’s not until you get on set and put on those clothes that you become that person. You kind of check out. Mike checked out. I was playing Johnny Storm. I was doing it. No more talking about it. You gotta be about it.”
Be it as it may Michael, no matter how good you feel in the containment suit…..the fans are not going to respond very well to it. No matter how cool the brains at FOX Studios think these suits are just remember two things here. Mr. Freeze in the disastrous “Batman and Robin” and the suits worn in G.I. joe the movie during the Paris fight. Those suits made that part of G.I. Joe so horribly childish it almost ruined the whole film.
In yet another interview in trying to hype up the already troubled franchise the final and worst BOMB was dropped! The word of one of Marvel’s most powerful entities and revered villains was going to be a “blogger”!! Now I’m a blogger! I’m sorry, no way in hell will I ever consider myself to ever become at the level of say Magneto, Ultron or even Thanos himself!! No matter what kind of powers they give this guy, he’s no Dr. DOOM!! In recent interviews this is what Toby Kebbell (Doom) had to say in recent interviews.
“TOBY KEBBELL: I worked on most was the voice because nobody—even in the cartoons, when I was watching them I was like, “So where’s he from?”
KEBBELL: He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m “Doom”.
KEBBELL: Josh, man the whole deal, the lo-fi way he did it, the ultra-real. It was just nice to do that. It was nice to be feeling like we had to come to terms with what was given by this incident.”
So the great Dr. Doom will be a nerdy guy that goes by the name “DOOM”!
If you are not planning on using the Storm family dynamic, if you are not going to use one of the most dangerous infamous villains in comic history correctly, if you don’t plan on using the look and logos of the F4…….then tell me Fox studios? Why the hell did you even call this The Fantastic Four movie? I mean what worse way to treat the work of legends like Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, my case is closed “N’uff said”!
Fantastic Four: Staring Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan. Directed by Josh Trank.
Opens Aug, 17 2015