Fantastic Four is the latest superhero film from 20th Century Fox, the same studio that gave us X-Men and Daredevil over the last decade. How does this new film stack up against these other Marvel entries? Watch this video to find out!
The Plot Of Fantastic Four
Fantastic Four is based on Fantastic 4 comic books, written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. The movie stars Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm and Julian McMahon as Victor Von Doom. After being exposed to an unusual storm, four friends gained fantastic abilities: Reed (Richards) gained stretchy arms and legs; Sue (Storm) could turn invisible; Johnny (Storm) became fireproof; and Ben (Grimm) turned into a rock-like creature called The Thing.
Mr. Fantastic, aka Reed Richards
If there’s one character from the Fantastic Four I wish were in Rise of The Silver Surfer, it would be Mr. Fantastic. A lot of people like to point out that he’s boring or whatever, but a guy who can stretch his body into any shape is pretty damn cool in my book. There are plenty of great stories you could tell about a superhero like that and we saw glimpses of them with his girlfriend Elasti-Girl in Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer. Maybe when Marvel reboots Fantastic Four again they can do a whole origin story where Reed Richards gets superpowers and has to go on an adventure to find out more about them while trying to get back home.
The Invisible Woman, Susan Storm
The Invisible Woman is a leader when it comes to inventing. As an older sister to two boys, she’s used to being smarter than her brothers, but with Ben and Johnny she feels left behind. Watching them go off and make their own big scientific breakthroughs on their own is something that weighs on her psyche. It’s important for Sue Storm to not be overshadowed by anyone because of her intelligence. She has learned how to work with others but she tends to want things done her way only when it comes down to working with scientific advances. She holds a lot of control in all matters where science is involved but how much people listen depends on who they are.
The Human Torch, Johnny Storm
Played by Michael B. Jordan, he’s a military vet with pyrokinetic abilities. He loves to have fun and live life in the moment but tends to act without thinking—and that can get him into trouble. Part of his arc in Fantastic Four is learning to control his powers, so expect to see some character development from Jordan as he learns that sometimes being The Human Torch is about more than just making things look cool. (And yes, there are hot flames involved.) Note: Michael B. Jordan has already shot an expanded role for 2018’s Black Panther movie and will also appear in 2017’s Captain America: Civil War. (Photo via 20th Century Fox) Photo credit: Courtesy of 20th Century Fox