#Fantastic Four


Issues The Upcoming Fantastic Four Film Needs To Avoid

Marvel will attempt to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise again, but Jon Watts – the director of the latest Spiderman movies – will be handling directorial duties. Since 1994, companies have been trying to get Fantastic Four off the ground. The first live-action movie in 1994 was never officially released. Despite also getting negative reviews, Tim Story’s Fantastic Four in 2005 garnered a solid return of over $300 million worldwide; however, its sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer, failed to match that overall total. For a third time, Fox tried to reboot the franchise in 2015 and that turned out to be a total train wreck that barely made $170 million worldwide. So why is the Fantastic Four franchise such as hard property to figure out? None of the four films have gotten any good critical reception and it’s clear that the audience’s patience with the franchise is pretty thin. With Marvel backing the Fantastic Four this time around, there’s some hope we’ll finally get a good Fantastic Four movie. Jon Watts has done an amazing job with the Spiderman series thus far, so it helps that a director with strong credentials in the Marvel lore is backing this project. As I previously asked: Why is it so hard to figure out the Fantastic Four franchise? Let’s dig a bit deeper into that question and the issues that the upcoming film needs to avoid.

The Fantastic Four Met Marvel’s Ultimate God

When the Fantastic Four met Marvel’s ultimate god, the One-Above-All, they got a surprisingly literal look at one of their creators. The final issue of Immortal Hulk featured the Hulk having an angry conversation with the One-Above-All, the ostensible ultimate god of the Marvel Universe. It was a revelatory moment, both for the Marvel Universe at large and the Hulk himself, who seemed to gain a better understanding of what he was capable of. However, the Hulk and his companions’ encounter with the One-Above-All wasn’t the first time a Marvel character met “god” at the climax of a story. The Fantastic Four once stormed heaven to save one of their own, and they quite literally met their maker in the process.

The Hulk Crashes the Party in Fantastic Four #12, Up for Auction

As a longtime Fantastic Four collector, the Hulk vs Thing (and the rest of the FF) battle in Fantastic Four #12 might just be my favorite among the early issues. The debut of Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four #5 is way up there… but I think I have to give the edge to Fantastic Four #12. This one has a little of all of the things that made early Silver Age Marvel comics great — Cold War era mayhem, heroes with personalities as strong as their powers, and of course — it's one of Marvel's definitive crossover sagas. A fan favorite early Silver Age Marvel for decades, there's a Fantastic Four #12 (Marvel, 1963) CGC VG+ 4.5 Off-white pages up for auction in this week's 2021 October 24-25 Sunday & Monday Comic Books Select Auction #122143.


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