Here's How Fantastic Four Could Fit Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Sunday, 16 August 2015 - 12:36PM
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Sunday, 16 August 2015 - 12:36PM
Here's How Fantastic Four Could Fit Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe
After the incredible bomb that was Fox's new Fantastic Four, I'm more hopeful than ever that Marvel will regain the rights to their first family. Despite rumors that Fox still plans on moving ahead with their 2017 sequel to the disastrous Miles Teller-starrer, they may be changing their tune if they end up losing money on what is already being hailed as the worst superhero movie of all time. Fox needs to put a Fantastic Four movie into production every seven years to keep their rights to the property, and if they don't, those rights revert back to Marvel automatically. But with Fantastic Four being such a disaster, Fox may be looking to sell the characters back to Marvel sooner than that, which is what I, and many other Marvel fans would really like to see happen. If Marvel does regain the rights, the FF could finally be utilized in an entertaining way on screen, and here are some ways how that could work.

Supporting Characters



After three unsuccessful tries in ten years, it's unlikely Marvel would pursue a new Fantastic Four movie any time in the next decade. Movie-going audiences have (unfortunately) lost faith in the property, and any new movie announcement is more likely to be met with exhaustion than excitement. But there's no reason the FF couldn't pop up in other Marvel movies. Maybe they show up alongside Captain Marvel in her feature outing, or the Black Panther in his (his comic debut was in the pages of Fantastic Four, after all), and they definitely should be on hand when the Avengers take on Thanos in Infinity War. They could be very useful in this capacity, and if they're introduced as established heroes a la the new Spider-Man, then they could get right to the fun stuff while skipping over the now-tiresome origin story.


Cosmic Expansion



In addition to the four members of the FF, Fox also owns several other characters that fall under the umbrella of the FF's universe, and they happen to be some of Marvel's best cosmic characters. Silver Surfer, Galactus, the Watcher, the Skrulls, and Annihilus are all locked up at Fox, and if their rights were released, Marvel could explore a whole new side of the cosmic universe they introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy.


Netflix Series



The Fantastic Four hasn't worked in a movie, so why not a TV show? Daredevil might be the best superhero TV show ever, and its titular hero had his own spectacularly bad movie, so why couldn't the FF get a similar treatment? The only drawback is that producing a FF series would be insanely expensive, especially if storylines involving things like Galactus and the Negative Zone were pursued, but Netflix has shown they're willing to spend money for good content. And if it's done right, a Fantastic Four Netflix series could be the best thing the streaming service has ever produced.


1960s Setting



An idea that's been circulating since Fantastic Four laid an egg at the box office has been the one suggesting any future FF adaptations should be set in the 1960s, when the comic debuted. Fans argue that the campiness, fascination with space exploration, and outdated sci-fi themes of the FF would be a much more natural fit in that retro setting compared to today, and it would also open the door to crossovers with the original Ant-Man, Peggy Carter, and any other old school characters Marvel felt like throwing in. While it definitely has potential to be very fun, my concern is that this situation would prevent the FF from being a part of the current Marvel Cinematic Universe and rob them of interactions with the Avengers, Spider-Man, and other characters - which is something that has always been so important to the Marvel Universe of the comics.


Dr. Doom



One of the biggest complaints people have about Marvel's movies is that the villains are almost always underwhelming. Outside of Loki and maybe Red Skull, none have achieved much of a following, and most are virtually interchangeable (how many greedy businessmen do we need fighting superheroes?). But Victor von Doom? There's a guy you don't forget.

Doom hasn't had anything resembling an accurate (or a good) portrayal on screen, but he's the best villain Marvel Comics has to offer, hands down. Marvel should make the deal with Fox just to get the rights to Doom and throw him against the Avengers. It would certainly be more entertaining than anything we've seen from Thanos so far.


The Fantastic Four have a lot to give as an entertainment option, and their best days are certainly ahead of them... Provided that Marvel can regain the rights to use them. And you can help make that happen (maybe)! Someone made a change.org petition to convince Fox to sell Marvel the rights to the FF, and you can sign it here. Do your part, society.
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