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Not too long ago it looked like the rights to the Fantastic Four would revert to Marvel Studios. When Twentieth Century Fox’s hold on Daredevil ran out, it was revealed that they had been offered the chance to keep the Man Without Fear in exchange for giving Marvel Galactus and Silver Surfer.
The thing about the Fantastic Four is that their supporting cast is as valuable as the foursome themselves, and the potential for just the two characters mentioned above in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was huge. However, Fox weren’t keen on keeping Daredevil and instead got to work on rebooting the franchise after two disastrous efforts from Tim Story. Soon after, they turned to Chronicle director Josh Trank and X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg to bring the Fantastic Four back to the big screen.
- Josh Wilding
After over sixty years of ups and downs, Marvel was poised to begin building its film empire right at the start of the new millennium. Blade had released in 1999 and showed that a Marvel character could be successful on screen for the first time, and Marvel Studios was licensing its characters to production companies after their comic book successes in the 90s. At that point, no one knew what a huge success Marvel movies would be and few companies were willing to give a Marvel property the budget it needed to be done well. No one would have believed that in a little over a decade, Marvel would be at the forefront of Hollywood. Today we’ll look at the movies Marvel released from 2000 on and analyze what it took to build an empire.
Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm. Join us for part 2 of a four »
- email@example.com (Nick Vollmer)
It has been seven years since "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and only now are some comic fans getting over the pain. Both films came out in that awkward middle ground - after Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" and Bryan Singer's "X-Men" resuscitated the superhero genre, but before the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Chris Nolan's Batman trilogy took it to a whole new level.
Tim Story, who directed both films, recently reflected on the differences in the genre between when he made those movies almost ten years ago and today. Talking with Screen Crush, he says:
"I'd say the normal audience has just gotten into more serious tone. I don't want to say darker because that doesn't seem right... the tone has gotten a lot edgier and kind of straightforward. It's going to be interesting just to see, when you think of some of the few superhero »
- Garth Franklin
20th Century Fox
When Fox announced their aim to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise with a new feature film in 2015, the news was met with a familiar mixture of excitement and resignation amongst fans of the long-running comic book franchise. After all, this was the Fantastic Four – one of Marvel Comics’ greatest super hero teams, practically household names in the geek circles we run in.
But we’d been burned before. Leaving aside B-movie producer Roger Corman’s abortion of a movie from 1994 (allegedly only made as a placeholder because the rights would revert to Marvel unless a movie was produced), 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer were widely panned by fans and critics alike, director Tim Story’s efforts perceived as high camp with low comedy.
Incoming director Josh Trank, however, has some excellent form here, having made his directorial debut in »
- Ben Cooke
We take a look at the post-credits sequence of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, with spoilers, and explain what it's all about...
This article contains spoilers for X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Marvel Studios might have made the post-credits scene an event for superhero fans, but it was actually Fox who taught us to look for them in every comic book adaptation we go to. From Daredevil to X-Men: The Last Stand to Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, they established it as a treat for fans long before Iron Man made it the must-see part of the movie.
True to form, X-Men: Days of Future Past contains its own post-credits scene, which occurs right at the very end of the credits, where these things should go. It's also one that's not going to make any sense to people who aren't fans of the wider franchise beyond the movies, »
Talking to Crave Online at WonderCon yesterday, Simon Kinberg was quizzed by the site about how the tone of Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four will differ to that of Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both of which were rubbish light comedies. "It’s a much more grounded, gritty, realistic movie than the last couple movies," the X-Men: Days of Future Past writer and producer revealed. "If I had to say, the tone of it would be somewhere on the spectrum between Spider-Man and Chronicle. The other movies were even further on the spectrum of being goofy and fun than Spider-Man." That sounds like the right sort of direction to take the reboot in and is a good sign that we'll see elements from both the 616 and Ultimate versions. Now, depending on which of the Spider-Man franchises you prefer, that will either be very good or bad news. »
In Tim Story's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Johnny Storm, played by Chris Evans ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") has an encounter with the Silver Surfer that allows him to swap superpowers with members of his superhero team. In one memorable scene, Ben Grimm/Thing, played by Michael Chiklis ("The Commish"), is intrigued by Johnny's new ability and when he touches Johnny, Ben swaps his Thing form for Johnny's Human Torch powers. Flame on! Of course, Johnny is not pleased with his new rock-like skin and freaks out. It's a fairly humorous scene, but it could've looked a bit different. The image above, that's a piece of concept art that artist Dark Hoffman rendered for the film. As you can see, it is a much bulkier version of a transformed Johnny Storm as compared to the theaterical version that was ultimately chosen. Images of the final version »
As important as their legacy is in the history of Marvel Comics, the superhero group known as the Fantastic Four has not had a terribly great run in the movie industry. The characters. big screen debut came back in 1994 when Roger Corman produced a Fantastic Four film that was actually never supposed to be seen by the public, and then in 2005 and 2007 they got Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - two critically-panned blockbusters that were ultimately unable to inspire the effort to create a full trilogy. That bad run may soon finally come to an end, however. 20th Century Fox is in the process of rebooting the Fantastic Four movie franchise with a whole new direction and cast, and the finished product promises to be one of the biggest films of 2015. But what do we know about the project so far? Who are all of »
When it comes to casting, the "Fantastic Four" reboot isn't kidding around.
The reinvigorated franchise has found its Doctor Doom (aka Victor von Doom) in British actor Toby Kebbell, Variety reports. And while he may not be as well known as his Ff costars Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, he's already worked with the likes of Steven Spielberg ("War Horse"), Ridley Scott ("The Counselor"), and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" director Matt Reeves. Chances are, you've seen this guy in action. And chances are, you'll be seeing a lot more of him.
Marvel fans worried about how this incarnation will set itself apart from its forgettable forefathers (2005's "Fantastic Four" and its sequel, 2007's "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer"), rest assured. In addition to the talented group of actors in front of the camera, director Josh Trank ("Chronicle") heads up the "Fantastic Four" reboot, »
- Tim Hayne
Much has been made about the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in The Fantastic Four reboot coming from Chronicle director Josh Trank, some of it negative, some of it postive. But, what does the most recent actor to play the character have to say about Jordan's casting? Chris Evans, who played the character in both the 2005 film Fantastic Four and the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer discussed his feelings on "passing the torch" to »
- Paul Shirey
It seems Chris Evans still has some fondness for the Human Torch role! The Captain America: The Winter Soldier actor played Johnny Storm in both Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and was arguably the best thing (along with Michael Chiklis' Thing) about both movies. He has stated in the past that he wasn't particularly happy with how the movies turned out, but while talking to NY Daily News, Evans admits to feeling "precious" about the character -- while giving Michael B. Jordan his blessing to take over the role in the upcoming reboot. “It’s so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don’t want someone else to do it. But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it’s very exciting like you almost can’t wait. I couldn’t even give that guy any advice if I wanted, »
Now that we know who's set to play Marvel's First Family in Fox's upcoming reboot The Fantastic Four, attention is shifting towards the villain of the piece, with The Wrap revealing that four actors remain on the shortlist for the role of the ruthless Latverian ruler Doctor Doom.
According to the site, Fox and director Josh Trank (Chronicle) are looking at Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans) and Sam Riley (Control) for the part of Victor Von Doom, who was played by Julian McMahon in Fantastic Four and its sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Who would you like to see taking on the role of Doctor Doom? Let us know in the comments below or head on over to The Flickering Myth Forum...
- Gary Collinson
We're still yet to get official confirmation from 20th Century Fox as to the cast (even though it seems all but assured at this point), but with The Fantastic Four gearing up to go into production this month, producer Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) has spoken briefly about the reboot to Empire, during which he made sure to distance it from Fox's previous Ff movies.
"It’s a total reboot. It’s got nothing to with the other bloody ones," said Vaughn, referring to Fantastic Four and Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both of which starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans and Michael Chiklis as Marvel's First Family. "It’s not a stretchy guy and a guy running around in rock that looks like it’s made of polystyrene. And it’s not a comedy."
Let's hope that they do stick with some of the source material, »
- Gary Collinson
20th Century Fox has given the green light to a comedy inspired by flamboyant forward Dennis Rodman's "basketball diplomacy" visit to North Korea last year. Titled Diplomats, the movie will be directed by Tim Story, who previously helmed Ride Along, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Barbershop. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Jonathan Abrams has based the movie on the many antics Rodman carried out while in the country.
Dennis Rodman's Visit to North Korea and 21 More of the Biggest Sports Controversies of 2013
The former »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes an exclusive clip from the film, The Case of Mary Ford, first details on The Three starring Lew Temple from The Walking Dead, a new candle line from Horror Decor, a review of The Poisoning and The Returned, a Q&A with artist Naisa Gomez, and much more:
Exclusive Clip from The Case of Mary Ford: “Greece, 1910. Maria (Tamar Karabetyan) is a young Greek girl in a fishing village on the Black Sea. The village match maker betroths her to a young fisherman Adonis (Branko Tomovic), who is in partnership with the true object of Maria’s affection, Giorgos (Yannis Stankoglou). One stormy night Giorgos and Adonis’s boat capsizes and Adonis is lost at sea. With no source of income Giorgos sets of for America promising Maria he will return for her. »
- Tamika Jones
Introducing your new Fantastic Four!Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell have all been tapped to star in 20th Century Fox's upcoming reboot of the Marvel comics franchise.Jordan, 27, has been rumored to play Johnny Storm/The Human Torch for a while now, while Mara, 30, and Teller, 27, recently tested to play Sue Storm/Invisible Girl and Dr. Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic.Bell, also 27, is a new name in the mix. He's reportedly been offered the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing.The movie will be based on "The Ultimate Fantastic Four" comic and will focus on the characters as younger men and women.No word yet on who will play the villain ... or which one they'll go with."The Fantastic Four" will hit theaters June 19, 2015, 8 years after the release of "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" starring Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chiklis. »
- tooFab Staff
It’s hard to tell for certain what’s really going on with Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot over at 20th Century Fox, since we haven’t been given any official plot details just yet. Today, however, the project has taken another step forward as Variety is reporting that the titular superhero group has been cast.
We’ve known for a while now that Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, Fruitvale Station) is up to play Johnny Storm, Aka The Human Torch, and that Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) is in talks to play Mr. Fantastic himself, Reed Richards. Now, we have word that House of Cards star Kate Mara has signed on to play Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman and Jamie Bell (The Adventures of Tintin) has been offered the role of Ben Grimm, better known as the rock-infused muscle of the team, The Thing.
The first thing »
- James Garcia
Trevor Hogg chats with Matt Aitken about a shape-shifter, Elves who live underground, and the awakening of a dragon named Smaug...
Matt Aitken“We grew fast at the beginning of Weta Digital and by that stage there wasn’t the expertise within the country to grow the company as fast as we had to,” explains Weta Digital Visual Effects Supervisor Matt Aitken who was one of the native New Zealanders working for the company during the production of The Lord of the Ringstrilogy. “But since the time of Rings we have been actively working recruiting local graduates. We have our own in-house training program and the percentage of the crew that is Kiwi is growing all of the time.” The opportunity to pursue visual effects as a career enabled the Oscar nominee to merge his different interests. “I pursued Mathematics as my first degree and have always been interested in »
With testing currently under way to determine which quartet of actors will be cast as The Fantastic Four, two new contenders have emerged. Emmy Rossum read for the role of Sue Storm on Tuesday, while Christian Cooke read for Ben Grimm.
This new report also indicates that Doctor Doom will be the main villain and that they are seeking an A-list actor for the role. However, in an unusual twist that may upset die-hard comic book fans, the studio may possibly switch genders for the role, casting a female Doctor Doom. Julian McMahon portrayed Dr. Doom in both 2005's Fantastic Four and the sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Miles Teller read for the Reed Richards role yesterday, but that's not a surprise since he's been rumored to be in contention since last August. Another early candidate for to play Mr. Fantastic, the leader of this superhero group »
Welcome to Marvelous Da7e, issue #31!
Ant-Man has moved into the July 31st 2015 spot vacated by Man of Steel 2, bringing it right at the edge of a 2015 Summer of Marvel Phase transition. We know Edgar Wright has some sort of comedic heist-like movie with Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, adding to the Cinematic Universe’s Heroic (Modern) and … Silver Age?
Captain America knew Howard Stark before he solved his unborn-child’s future arc reactor poisoning problem by building a World’s Fair in the design of an atom, and the announced Agent Carter TV series (and the One Shot it’s spinning off from) take place in Post-wwii America when S.H.I.E.L.D. is formed. Hank Pym, if he’s Douglas’ age, would have been born around the time Agent Carter takes place which strangely would make him active around Hank Pym’s 1962 debut in the real world. »
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