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Chris Evans improvised most of his dialog.
Paul Walker was considered for the part of Johnny Storm.
For most of the shoot, Michael Chiklis was terribly uncomfortable in the hot Thing suit. The final street battle, however, was filmed in Vancouver in December, leaving Chiklis as the only comfortable one of the four (the rest were in the skintight blue uniforms).
Jessica Alba had a kidney infection during the filming and nearly fainted when she was with Julian McMahon in the space station scene.
As part of his costume for The Thing, Michael Chiklis wore prosthetic teeth. To prepare himself to speak with the prostheses, Chiklis wore them when reading to his children.
Not the first Fantastic Four movie. Another was made (The Fantastic Four (1994)) but never released because, unbeknown to the cast and crew, it was never intended to BE released; it was made only because the studio that owned the rights to make a Fantastic Four movie would have lost them if it did not begin production by a certain date.
Ioan Gruffudd's efforts to keep an American accent continually were hampered by the fact he would receive new script pages on a regular basis, forcing him to learn new lines at short notice.
Ioan Gruffudd was very excited about showing off to his Welsh parents that he was working on a major Hollywood production. Unfortunately, the day they came to visit him on set, he was filming an elevator scene.
Michael Chiklis, the only one of 4 main actors already familiar with the "Fantastic Four" comic, and has been a devout fan of the Thing since childhood. He eagerly fought to have a "real" Thing rather than a computer-generated character. Chiklis wore 60 pounds of latex which took three hours to get into. To keep Chiklis cool in the suit, a rock was removed from his head and cold air was sprayed into the gap between the suit and the actor.
Many comic-book fans disliked the way Doctor Doom was portrayed. Original series author Stan Lee, who plays Willy the Postman, agreed with them.
The scene on the bridge took about 5 weeks to shoot.
During the pier conversation between Reed and Sue, not only were the actors not together (which is relatively common in filmmaking), they weren't even in the same country. Jessica Alba was filmed in New York City, while Ioan Gruffudd was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in the X-Men films) was offered the role of Reed Richards.
Jessica Alba's underwear scene was added after the actress had agreed to be in the film.
While being examined by Reed, Ben mentions that he used to smoke. In the comics, the Thing used to smoke cigars, up until the early '90s, when Marvel's new editor-in-chief, Joe Quesada, instituted an "anti-smoking" policy for all the company's characters, banning them from being shown smoking on-panel.
Victor foreshadows Mr. Fantastic and The Thing before the storm scene happens. He firstly comments on Reed Richards 'stretching' for the stars during the meeting, then later jokes about Ben Grimm doing 'all the heavy lifting'.
Michael Chiklis was offered the role of Thing after Jennifer Garner suggested him for it.
The film has nearly 900 special effects shots.
The sequence of Johnny Storm morphing into a ball of flames and soaring over Manhattan took 4 months to create.
Jason Schombing, who plays the suicidal man, was recommended by his good friend, Michael Chiklis (the Thing, who rescues him).
In the early 1990s Bernd Eichinger's option on the rights to The Fantastic Four were about to expire, to avoid this he commissioned Roger Corman to make a film (The Fantastic Four (1994)) as quickly as possible so he could keep hold of the rights. This was mainly to thwart Chris Columbus who was after the rights at the same time. Corman's version only cost $2 million, neither him or his cast and crew knew that the film was dumper-bound. It has however been seen in bootleg and download versions, with the general critical consensus being that it was a terrible movie.
To get through the long arduous make-up, Michael Chiklis spent the time in the make-up chair watching the Boston Red Sox, his favorite team, who happened to be breaking the "Curse of the Bambino" winning their first World Series since 1918.
Just after Victor throws his doctor into the X-Ray light, we see Reed writing on the board: "[H3O+][NO2-]/[HNO2]". This is the Acid-Dissociation Equilibrium (Ka) expression for nitrous acid (HNO2).
A replica of a part of the Brooklyn Bridge was constructed on-set in Canada.
Several moments in the movie take their visual cue from Jack Kirby's work in the very first "Fantastic Four" comic:
  • The cosmic storm is depicted as bullet-shaped rays


  • Ben possesses the lumpy craggy face from his earlier appearance rather than his more familiar beetle-brow


  • Johnny races against a missile like he does in the opening act of the comic


  • Ben smashes into an oncoming truck in an angle identical to the one given in a panel where he exits a manhole directly in the path of an oncoming car


  • and Johnny's flame-form is a smoldering pillar of fire like it was in the earlier comics rather than the more familiar "burning man" look


It was Ioan Gruffudd's idea that Reed should continually be taking notes: "On a good day, I'd be writing formulas that I remembered from my algebra class in school, and on a day when I was really concentrating on the other actor, it would just be gibberish."
George Clooney and Brendan Fraser were considered for the part of Reed Richards.
This was the third superhero movie to be released in 2005. The first two were Elektra (2005) and Batman Begins (2005).
Ali Larter, Julia Stiles, Kate Bosworth, Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Banks, KaDee Strickland were considered for the role of Susan Storm/Invisible Woman.
James Gandolfini was considered for the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing.
During development Chris Columbus pushed for the film to have a heavily comedic tone along the lines of the Batman (1966) TV series. Despite being hired because of his comedy background, Tim Story was able to persuade Columbus that going for an outright comedic tone would end in disaster, and pointed to the success of Spider-Man (2002) as proof that the film could still contain plenty of humor while having a generally serious overall storyline.
Victor Von Doom's loyal assistant Leonard, who comes across as mildly "prissy" and effeminate but is fanatically and murderously obedient to his boss, is likely named after a very similar character in North by Northwest (1959).
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It was Julian McMahon's idea inspired by his role on Nip/Tuck (2003) to have Victor's scars sealed by surgical staples.
When Johnny holds up a Thing toy (it says the "Clobberin' Time" line), it's a figure from Toy Biz's 2002 line of "Marvel Legends" action figures, a line of highly-detailed toys based on various characters from Marvel Comics. The particular figure shown is from the second wave released, and was packaged with a reprint of "Fantastic Four" (volume one), #263.
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Tim Robbins was considered for Dr. Doom.
Stan Lee has said that Michael Chiklis's Thing is his favourite performance in any Marvel film ever.
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Steven Soderbergh and Sean Astin were both interested in directing.
The action sequence on the Brooklyn Bridge was shot using a 200-foot set erected against a blue screen in a Vancouver parking lot and then later enhanced with CGI views of Manhattan.
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Laurie Holden, who plays the fiancée of Michael Chiklis's character Ben Grimm, would later appear alongside Chiklis in the final season of his TV series The Shield (2002).
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WILHELM SCREAM: used at least twice during the last fight of the film. Once as the bus is thrown, and then again shortly after.
Was shipped to theaters simply under the name "Bug".
The film contains over 25 cameos by real-life employees of Fox television affiliates.
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Reed's smart phone, which he uses to control the holographic presentation at the beginning of the movie, is a Samsung SPH-i700 on Verizon. Verizon was a marketing partner for the film.
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When Chris Columbus was attached, he wanted real couple Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan to play Reed Richards and Sue Storm.
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The script was developed for over ten years. The final writer was Simon Kinberg, who worked on the movie throughout its production.
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This feature is included in the first wave of Blu-Ray releases by Fox. A total of five movies were included in this initial wave. The others were Ice Age (2002), Behind Enemy Lines (2001), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) and Kiss of the Dragon (2001).
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Patrick Wilson auditioned for a role in this film.
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20th Century Fox hired director Tim Story after his ensemble work on Barbershop (2002) and Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004).
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Thing notices puppets at Alicia's art gallery and she says they belong to her father. Alicia's father Philip Masters was the supervillain the Puppet Master, a foe of the Fantastic Four.
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While Sue Storm is unpacking in the Baxter Building, in the background a signed photo of the band Devo can be seen.
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Chris Columbus, Raja Gosnell and Peyton Reed were each attached as director at some point.
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When Peyton Reed was attached as the director, Renée Zellweger was considered for the Sue Storm/Invisible Woman role.
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In this film, Alicia Masters is black. In Fantastic Four (2015) it is Johnny Storm and his father Dr Franklin Storm (Susan is an adopted child and remains white).
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Cliff Curtis read for a role in the film.
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Cameo 

Stan Lee:  Although Lee has made cameos in many Marvel movies, this is the first time he has played a character from the comics: Willy Lumpkin, the Fantastic Four's kindly old mailman. His line was supposed to be, "Welcome home, Dr. Richards," but he changed it to, "Welcome back to the Baxter Building, Doctor Richards!"
Ralph Winter:  the film's producer, playing the construction worker at the end of the film who closes the container door on Dr. Doom.
Richard Ho:  one of Wizard magazine's staff writers, appears as one of the reporters in front of the Baxter Building in a crowd sequence. Wizard is one of the most successful and popular magazines about the comics business.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In the very last scene of the film, the frozen Dr. Doom is being shipped on a cargo vessel with the word "Latveria" on the stern. In the Marvel Universe, Latveria is a primitive, backward country (apparently a mash-up of Latvia and Liechtenstein), where Dr. Doom was born, and where he later becomes head of state.
Outside the Motocross arena, the surrounding advertising helps tell the story. As Ben hurls Johnny, flaming, into a Burger King sign, the sign reads, "Fire Grilled Perfection". As the fight progresses, we see SoBe "Adrenaline Rush"...and finally, the super hero's top rule against killing is represented by Mountain Dew Code Red..."Live By the Code".
The name of the "Latverian" ship in the final shot means "tip of the toe" in Russian.
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In the film, Doctor Doom is part of the Richards expedition that grants the Four superpowers. This did not happen in the original Marvel comics (there it was a lab accident of Doom's own doing), but was incorporated into the Marvel Ultimates comics (an expedition to another realm grants Doom and the Four superpowers).
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