On this day in Film History: Fantastic Four (2005)


On this day in film history, 11 years ago, 20th Century Fox released Fantastic Four (2005), a film based on the Marvel superhero team of the same name. The film had a great cast:

Ioan Gruffud as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic

Jessica Alba as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman

Chris Evans as Johnny Storm/Human Torch (It’s notable that Chris Evans plays a Marvel superhero here as he became Captain America six years later in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011))

Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm/The Thing

and Julian McMahon as Victor von Doom/Dr. Doom

The film serves as an origin story for how the superhero team, and their most famous nemesis gained their powers and became enemies. Richards is studying cosmic radiation and wants to study them from von Doom’s private space station. The trip is arranged but the clouds appear ahead of schedule and all five are exposed to the radiation (with Ben receiving huge amounts). Returning to Earth, it doesn’t take long for all five to start mutating and showing different powers. Richards can stretch his body in any shape or size; Johnny Storm becomes covered in flames and he can fly; Sue Storm gains the power to be invisible at will and manipulate force fields; Ben Grimm becomes the Thing, a huge rock monster, and von Doom eventually turns into a man made of living metal, allowing him to manipulate lightning and electromagnetic forces.

Richards believes that he can create a machine to reverse what has happened to them, but von Doom is bitter because the fallout from the trip to the space station has cost him his company so he begins his plan of revenge.

It’s been a while since I saw this movie, and I know that when I saw it I wasn’t that familiar with superheroes, but I did know about the Fantastic Four (mostly from old cartoons). Once everyone gained their powers, I really began to enjoy the story (I can always do without the awkward “What’s happening to us?” portion of the story), and I especially liked watching Victor von Doom (Dr. Doom is one of my favorite villains) become more twisted by the minute.

This film was followed by a sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer, that I admittedly never got around to watching, not because it was bad or good, I was just busy. And then, just last year, Fox decided that the franchise should be rebooted and created what is possibly the worst superhero film of all time. It’s probably time the rights went back to Marvel, where they belong (but that’s just my opinion).

Have you seen Fantastic Four (2oo5)? What did you think of Chris Evans as Johnny Storm? Should Marvel have the rights to this set of characters back? (I mean, just imagine if Doctor Doom could show up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, how great would that be!)

That’s all for me this week, have a good weekend, I’ll be back on Monday. -Bex

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