My Marvel watch-through has touched upon another classic, the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. Now I could easily talk about the movie but I have two specific things that I would like to talk about instead, that relate to that movie.
First, after the failed 1993 Fantastic Four movie it’s really not hard to get any better than that because that was just awful. However, I think that this reboot is universally accepted as the best version of the Fantastic Four. The 2015 edition was absolutely terrible and everybody knows it. There’s obvious problems with keeping this reboot as the one needed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first, because it came out 3 years before the MCU started; but the biggest one by far is the fact that Chris Evans can’t possibly play both the Human Torch and Captain America.
The second thing I would like to talk about is the massive inconsistencies within the Marvel Universe (no, not the MCU, the universe itself). We have all of these superheros/groups that overlap in location, but not in political atmosphere. This can be seen clearly in the Fantastic Four movie where the heros are from New York and people are constantly cheering out front of their house, showing huge support. They were even all there during the final fight with Dr. Doom. However, in another part of the same city, Spider-Man is constantly hounded by the press for being either a hero or a menace. Daredevil is around too but stays more in the underground of Hell’s Kitchen. The worst part of it all, is that with all the action of superheros in one central location it makes you wonder why in upstate New York that the X-Men are constantly dealing with political dilemmas regarding their rights and how they are being monitored. Why are the X-Men being treated as 2nd-class citizens but yet Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four don’t have any political drama? (And yes, we run into these same problem with the beginning of the Civil War, but we’ll come to that when we get there).
My biggest problem with the movie would have to be the fact that Dr. Doom has video and audio monitoring in the Baxter Building, why? And does the Fantastic Four know?