Sunday, August 8, 2010
The Fantastic Four really spoke to me as a kid. I come from a strong family unit so the idea of a superhero team that was first and foremost a family was very appealing. I was just as interested in their personal interactions as I was about how they would get out of their latest life and death situation. On top of that, the series included (in my opinion) Marvel's best rogues gallery and best character, The Thing. Yes, Spidey, Cap and the Hulk are great - but the Thing is, to me, the heart and soul of the Marvel Universe.
The FF films are soon to be rebooted, and hopefully they will learn from what the first franchise did right and wrong. They got the family interaction right, remembered to include humor, and the Torch and Surfer effects were very impressive... but skimping on budgets gave us a Galactus cloud, unconvincing Thing costume and overall limited heroics. Plus this mis-casting and mis-scripting of Doctor Doom is something that is very hard to overlook. It'll be interesting to see how this new wave of Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and X-Men films look given the advantage of hindsight.
Here's a page from a Fantastic Four Annual by Kevin Maguire - an amazingly expressive artist: