Should Legion have been included in the X-Men Cinematic Universe?
When I heard Legion was getting his own TV series, I was hoping that he would become part of the X-Men movie universe. However, that’s not the case. The reports have confirmed that Legion will take place in a parallel universe.
Now, I’m not sure how this is going to work. But for a powerful mutant, who is the son of the most powerful telepath on the planet, you would think that any of the X-Men characters or their alternate selves will appear on the show.
Well, here’s the question. Will any of the X-Men appear on Legion? How can you have a world without the X-Men when you have mutants secretly running around, and being aware by the government, and not by human society? That’s kind of hard to imagine (Unless the X-Men weren’t formed in this universe, then it makes sense). And is too hard to include Legion in the altered timeline, given the fact that the events of Days of Future Past have drastically changed the future, and thus created the alternate timeline, which humans are aware of mutants?
In the case of Legion, it’s entirely different. Why? Because every human thinks he’s a crazy, normal human being. Even humans on the outside world for those who knew him, thinks he’s crazy. But no, Legion is a mutant with so many personalities running around his head, each of them displaying a different power. In fact, there are very real, which makes Legion the most powerful mutant on the planet.
Speaking about powers, there’s a chance that one of Legion’s core personalities has the ability to cross multiple dimensions. And here’s what I’m thinking. Yes, you have guessed it...a potential crossover into the X-Men movie universe.
We don’t know if this is going to happen. But hey, we’re talking about Legion here. Right? Anything is possible. Legion can step into the movie universe at any given point in time, if that core personality allows him to.
Here’s another question. Who is Legion’s father in this universe if not Charles Xavier? Well, it could be someone original, and the mother will be the same from the comics. Again, we still don’t know the details.
It would have been better if Legion was introduced into the altered timeline of the X-Men movie universe, since the events of Days of Future Past and Apocalypse occurred. Maybe, somewhere along the line, Charles Xavier has met Gabrielle Haller in life. Then he left her because he couldn’t control Legion’s dangerous powers.
This is not to say that Legion will be a bad show, just because he's not included in the X-Men Cinematic Universe. It all depends on the story, and how good it will be. Judging by the trailer, it looks interesting to see how Legion comes to find out what he really is and what is happening to him, and if there is any chance that we’ll be seeing other mutants like him besides his multiple personalities.
Anyways, what do you think? Should Legion have been included in the X-Men Cinematic Universe?
Note there was an article I wrote regarding, “Is DC trying to catch up with the MCU?” Even after watching the director’s cut, it still felt rushed. Why? It’s because Warner Bros wasn’t using the similar strategy as the Marvel Studios in making their own superhero universe.
It also changed my perspective of story-telling in the movie itself. Everything else was crammed into it. Marvel Studios took the time and effort to build their characters that we know and love. However, Warner Bros performed a different strategy here. Man of Steel sets off the events in BvS: Dawn of Justice.
But that strategy kind of went downhill. It was enjoyable to see all these characters coming from the DC lore, including the DC Trinity interacting with each other for...some time. But was it too much?
In fact, yes, it was too much, and I felt that the Warner Bros didn’t take much time to build these characters, like making solo films first, and then the crossovers. For some reason, the storyline was necessary, and at the same time, it was too much. Why is that?
Let’s start off with Man of Steel. Zack Snyder made a different Superman movie, a dark one. Clark Kent faces off against his own kind and as a result, caused human panic and destruction on Earth. In BvS: Dawn of Justice, this is where Batman comes in. He views Superman as a dangerous being, and potentially hazardous to humankind. So, he decides to square off against Superman and stops him before he causes any further havoc. However, Lex Luthor or Junior has other plans. In case if Batman wasn’t able to stop Superman. Lex decided to use the ultimate weapon against him...Doomsday. When Doomsday comes in to fight Superman, guess what happens next?
Yep, Superman dies at the hands of the Kryptonian creature, along with the creature being doomed, which happened similar to the Death of Superman story arc. Time moves faster than a speeding bullet. Doesn’t it?
Anyways, you see where all these events leads to? I’m pretty sure everyone knows this by now, or already have. Either Zack or Warner Bros had come up with the idea; it wasn’t a good story-telling strategy.
But on the other hand, it was necessary because all these events are leading up to the arrival of Darkseid, whom the villain has yet to appear in the upcoming Justice League movies. Bruce Wayne having “Knightmares” of a dark future in which Superman was controlled by Darkseid, the motherbox being experimented by Cyborg’s father, the unknown creature via a hologram viewed by Lex, the painting depicting angels (Parademons) coming down from the sky...all these Darkseid connections have hinted that he is coming to Earth, which would also mean another destruction. Oh boy.
Don’t get me wrong. I have seen the movie for what it’s worth. It’s just that there were too many things happening in a three-hour movie. Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice was still fun and enjoyable, but a bit too much. Don’t you think?
Oh yeah, Jimmy Olsen is dead in the movie too. I didn’t mind that he was an undercover spy. But seriously...Superman’s Pal is...dead.
What did you think of the movie? Was it too much for you? Was there any other strategy that the Warner Bros could have come up with?
At first, when we found out that there is going to be a companion series, we were wondering if the show will be like its original predecessor. However, that’s not the case here. Is it because that the show is not based on a comic book series? No. It doesn’t have to be. It depends what the series is offering so far.
So, what do I think of Fear the Walking Dead? I think it’s interesting, and it offers a glimpse of how the zombie apocalypse started. There’s also that mystery of how the Z-virus got unleashed in the first place. Was it intentional or by accident? We won’t find out any sooner or later. That’s the interesting part of the series.
But that’s not the only interesting part of the series. We are also seeing these unknown characters facing the zombie threat for the first time. What do these FTWD characters have in common in with the TWD? Well for one thing, survival. They are trying to survive in a world that has gone mad. The TWD characters have been there, but for the FTWD, it just got started. That’s where the line of humanity and monstrosity starts to stretch further. Travis’ son Chris has been caught in that line.
Here’s the thing though. I feel like the Fear the Walking Dead isn’t like its predecessor because...well...it isn’t the original series.
It’s hard for me to elaborate why the walking dead is better than fear the walking dead. Probably, it’s because it had been six seasons, and I’ve enjoyed every episode of it. And that there was character buildup and you get to love these characters as they grow and change and become...dead over the past six seasons. And for FTWD, it’s only season two. Or maybe, it’s too early for me to say it.
To be honest, Fear the Walking Dead is a good show. It’s just that it doesn’t feel like the original series. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be watching the prequel/spin-off series. There is still potential in that series and I know for the fact that the ratings are not that high compared to its original predecessor. It’s probably because the other viewers felt that the companion series wasn’t that interesting, and not similar to the original series. Right?
Here’s another reason. The mid-season finale of Season 2 felt a bit rushed. I was also disappointed that the Asian character from Flight 462 didn’t get to join with the main cast, which I thought she would become a regular in Season 2. Maybe, she’ll join later? Who knows? I liked to see her for a comeback because she’s tough and...Hot.
Those are just minor reasons. Other than that, it’s still a good show. But again, it still doesn’t feel like TWD to me. Maybe, it hasn’t reached that point where TWD is the most popular and highest-rated show on the planet. Only time will tell.
There’s also the possibility of a crossover here, which I liked to see sometime in the future. Imagine the original characters from FTWD survived in TWD, or one of them. Why not? Who wouldn’t want to see that?
So, what do you think of the prequel/spin-off series? Do you think that TWD is better than FTWD?
Note- I haven’t read the TWD comics. Please don’t provide any spoilers, including whom Negan had killed in Season 7 premiere. It may be the character who is dead in the comics or it could be a different character in the show. It doesn’t matter. Again, there will be no spoilers. Thank you.
Some people were complaining that the show, Gotham didn’t take directly from the comics. For instance, Bruce is younger than the villains, who were appearing early before he becomes Batman. Of course, nowadays, the small screen adaptations take a slightly different route from the source material. But is it that bad?
Not really. Now that the current show, Flash has confirmed that the main hero is going to take a vacation to Supergirl’s Earth and the 1990s Flash has been shown, this could mean good news for other DC shows from the different networks.
If you think about it, Gotham might take place in a different Earth, where the villains are older than Bruce. Yes, we know that isn’t right for the main character because Bruce only becomes Batman after the villains have risen. But what we’re seeing here is a different version of Gotham, unlike the comics.
In Constantine’s case, the NBC show might also have been taken place in a parallel universe, where Constantine is still the same character. He had a crossover with Arrow. Does this mean he’s still the same character from his show? Yes and No. He’s the same character, but not from the NBC universe. Parallel universes don’t have to be exactly different. They can still be the same; only the difference is that maybe in Constantine’s world, the costumed heroes didn’t exist.
What about Smallville? Smallville did air in the CW network except it didn’t tie into the Flash/Arrow universe. In the comics, there was no such thing as Kryptonite freaks. The writers did it, just to bring more challenges to Clark’s early life, when he was young and learning to use his powers. Another example would be the different variations of characters from the comics such as Deathstroke. Here, Deathstroke was depicted as a military figure hunting down freaks like Clark Kent and other costumed heroes.
Earth-2 was also introduced in Smallville, but there was no indication that this was Earth-2 or being mentioned by anyone in the show. It could be any other Earth, maybe Earth-3 where Clark Luthor was raised by the Luthors, and hence became Ultraman. Why? Because Earth-2 was already confirmed in the Flash and that Smallville’s parallel Earth might not have been Earth-2.
What about the cancelled Teen Titans show? There was news regarding the fact that it got cancelled because of a weak script and the oversaturation of comic book TV shows. We know that’s true, but was the oversaturation part any excuse to drop the show? No. There are a lot of comic book shows that are airing on TV. Teen Titans would have also taken place in a parallel universe, not directly linked to Flash or Arrow in the CW network, if there was a better script.
The DC movies can also play a part in the DC Multiverse. Christopher Nolan’s Batman introduced realism without including superpowers. In Batman Vs Superman, we’re going to see Batman taking down Superman. Every world is different, and that includes the shows being shown on different networks.
The DC TV/Movie multiverse is doing a good job in keeping these universes separate. At first, I didn’t like the idea that Bruce is younger than the villains in Gotham, but the idea of a multiverse can make a certain viewer approve of the change.
I thought of creating this post, just to get a better view of the Marvel Genesis fan-fics, which I’ve written so far. This way, I know which series I’m writing or have been finished. I’ll also provide the links.
Marvel Genesis: The Wolverine Saga
I’ve done a huge amount of work on my favorite character. It wasn’t easy to begin with. If it hadn’t been for CapFanboy’s idea of Marvel Genesis, I wouldn’t have written Wolverine in the first place. As time passed, I’ve written more stories regarding the character. I didn’t realize how long it took me to accomplish a major task. I had to pile every piece of the story into one, giant post. Again, it was a lot of work.
Here is the list of series based on Wolverine. Not just the main character, but there are other series that focuses on side characters related to Wolverine.
I got to admit, I haven’t done much of this character lately because I focused too much on Wolverine. I liked the idea to play around with the temporal mechanics, since Cable is a mutant, time traveller. I’m a huge fan of time travel stories, even though they sometimes hurt my brain. Anyways, I thought of writing his backstory then. There are so many stories to include things like different time periods, where Cable was sent on a dangerous mission or attempting to save his future from a major threat. However, there was too much Wolverine, which went on my part and look how it turned out.
So far, I have only written the prologue. Hopefully, I’ll be writing his stories in the future, if I have the time.
I’ve been a huge fan of vampire fiction, ever since I’ve read some of Anne Rice novels. When I first saw Blade movies, and the TV series, I was amazed by the character. For that reason, I had to create Blade’s different world of the supernatural, including new vampire species. I also thought of making Blade as a supernatural fighter besides a vampire hunter. For example, the Buffy TV series shows that the main character don’t just fight or kill vampires, she also battles demons and other various, supernatural beings.
So far, I’ve only written five chapters and a prologue. There will be more blood to come, if I have the time to sink my teeth into it.
For some reason, I find Gambit very intriguing. It’s not just his charming looks (No, I’m not gay :P). There was something more to the character. At first, I thought that I shouldn’t be writing Gambit because I found it hard to tell his story. There’s so much potential to the character. As a result, I’ve only written three chapters.
Of course, I’ll be throwing more cards at him. But it won’t be easy. Like I said, Gambit is a complex character to write. So, I have to take the time and effort to make him useful. There are certain places that he could go, like having romantic interests with several women in his life, or he could do some heist missions, since he’s a master thief.
I’m also excited to see his upcoming solo movie. Hopefully, Channing Tatum does a great job in playing him.
Don’t get me wrong here. Guillermo Del Toro is a fantastic director with his well-known movies such as Pacific Rim, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and others. But his latest projects were getting delayed for some reason. We begin to wonder, whether he’s going to get them made anytime soon.
At first, he proposed a movie called “At The Mountains of Madness,” a horrifying tale written by H.P. Lovecraft. Then, he said he’s going to make Justice League Dark, a group of superheroes who use their supernatural abilities to save the world. We also have others on his wishlist, Fantastic Voyage, Scary Stories to tell in the Dark and who knows, countless others at the back of his head.
What’s the reason behind his delayed projects?
It could be that the studios weren’t probably interested in his projects. They wanted to make another movie, instead of Del Toro’s proposed one. These days, you would expect some business decisions to be made as soon as possible. A guy who has a lot of ideas, wanted to invest his time on a single movie, hopefully hearing some good news from the studios. But it didn’t happen the way he expected.
Sure, a lot of time you hear a director say, “I’m going to make this movie.” You can only say it, when the studios have agreed that you’re making the movie. That’s when we know the facts. Right?
Saying and doing things are different. Promises are very hard to keep these days. Sometimes, you can’t expect the things to work out as they are. Take a look at Josh Trank for example, and how his Fantastic Four version have turned out.
I wouldn’t say it was Del Toro’s fault for not able to make these movies. It’s either because of possible disagreements or a lack of funding.
Of course, we know that a movie needs lot of funding. In this case, the studios couldn’t back Del Toro with his projects. For that reason, the director moved on to another one of his “visionary” movies.
But does that mean, Del Toro has to come up with another idea, even his proposed movie is dead? Why not try to make the Lovecraft movie with a different studio for instance? I’m pretty sure nowadays, the directors are trying to get their movies made. You can’t have all these proposed movies to be made at an instant, thinking that they will get made at some point. You can only work on one project at a time. If he’s done with “At The Mountains of Madness,” then he could work on Justice League Dark if any studio agreed on the matter.
Whenever I read a news article regarding the movies that Del Toro was going to make, I begin to have doubts. I admire his talents as a director, but having a lot of ideas or projects seems a bit drag.
What do you think? Should Del Toro direct one movie at a time? Sound off in the comments.
I don’t know if anyone had talked about this topic before. Considering the fact that Emperor Palpatine from the original Star Wars trilogy was a major villain. We never knew his backstory until the not-so popular prequels.
That being said, Palpatine should have been kept in the dark. Instead of using the name, Emperor Palpatine, either Darth Sidious or “The Emperor” would work better.
At that time, George Lucas probably didn’t think of using the name, Darth Sidious while he made the original trilogy, which is quite understandable. Given that Chancellor Palpatine and Darth Sidious was the same person, one would wish that Lucas shouldn’t have given the twist away.
At first, I thought this was a terrible idea revealing the villain’s true nature early. When Chancellor Palpatine appeared in “The Phantom Menace,” we all knew he was secretly a Dark Jedi. Is this why people hated the prequel trilogy besides bad acting and cheap, special effects? In my opinion, the movies were good, but could have done much better. But my question lies on the biggest twist that shouldn’t have been revealed early in the prequel trilogy.
Why it should have been a big twist?
First off, I’m a person who likes surprises and not wanting to know information too soon. I’m pretty sure everyone does. But Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious should have been kept under our noses the whole time until the prequels. He was the main guy pulling the strings, not even the Jedi and the Coruscant citizens had any clue that he was operating among their ranks.
Let’s say that Lucas had taken this mystery route. In the prequel trilogy, we had no idea that Chancellor Palpatine and The Emperor/Darth Sidious would be the same person. This reveal should have happened in “Revenge of the Sith.”
But would that twist have made the prequel trilogy better? Not likely. A twist would have been awesome because we never knew who The Emperor/Darth Sidious was if Lucas kept the villain’s real identity a secret.
What Lucas could have done to make this a twist?
Well, he was the big guy who created the Star Wars universe, and first directed A New Hope before The Phantom Menace. If he and his writing crew had plans for the Darth Sidious character in the prequel run, they should have gone with the mystery route. Like creating a layout map for instance.
Now that The Force Awakens had come to theaters, we don’t know who Supreme Leader Snoke is, or his real backstory. We might find out later in the upcoming sequels. Lucas could have gone with this route, not revealing the true enemy behind the shadows.
What do you think? Should Emperor Palpatine have been kept under the dark? Let me know in the comments.
Over the years, the MCU has provided tons of TV and movie content for comic book fans because of the wider map created by Marvel Studios. They took the time and effort to flesh out the characters and their back stories. What about the DCEU? So far, there has only been one DC film, Man of Steel, which is set in the DC Extended Universe. And now, Batman Versus Superman is coming to theaters on March and later, Suicide Squad in August.
What do I think about this?
Well, DCEU isn’t trying to catch up with the Marvel powerhouse. It just tries to take a different approach in storytelling and how the last movie, “Man of Steel” has affected the current events in “Batman Versus Superman: Dawn of Justice.” You could say that these characters are well-established and known to the world. There’s no need to know their back stories yet. Future, individual movies could provide those answers via flashbacks or being told in references.
Why this is a good idea?
First off, Superman and Zod have caused a major impact on the world, not just Metropolis. You think that other heroes wouldn’t respond to that kind of event? Yes, they have noticed it. They couldn’t ignore that information, even when they are busy fighting crime on their turf.
Speaking of the world event, Bruce Wayne learns that this “Superman” could be viewed as a dangerous being. Batman thought he should suit up and beat Superman to a pulp, and we would love to see it. Who doesn’t want to see that kind of fight on the big screen?
Now, we don’t know what will end their conflict. But now, we do know after learning the leaked image of Doomsday (Thanks a lot, Screenrant). Doomsday is a huge threat and was created possibly by Lex Luthor to combat Superman, because Lex also thinks that Superman is dangerous.
So yes, we have two smart, rich men who thinks Superman is dangerous. Lex Luthor wanted to rebuild the city of Metropolis. So, he decided to create a creature from Zod’s cells.
Why the Doomsday appearance too soon?
Fans might say that Doomsday’s appearance is too early and the fact that Superman will be killed easily. This is not the case. It doesn’t mean Superman will die, just like the comics. This is a movie, after all. In the TV series, “Smallville,” Clark Kent battled Doomsday early before becoming Superman. So, you have different interpretations of the villainous creature.
Doomsday’s movie appearance makes sense mainly because of Zod. Remember, Doomsday is also a Kryptonian. Maybe, this movie version might consider the fact that Zod’s imperfect clone is Doomsday. Think of it as Superman’s Bizarro version.
In order to avoid the conflict, Batman and Superman have to set their differences aside, and work together to fight Doomsday.
Why this movie is called Dawn of Justice?
Again, it’s not just Batman who responds to the event caused by the Man of Steel. It’s other heroes as well. For example, Wonder Woman learns of this event because she’s an ambassador of peace relations. It makes sense why she has to appear in the movie, even though it’s mainly about Batman and Superman.
It’s also the formation of the Justice League. We could say how it all began and the heroes working together to fight a common threat. So, Wonder Woman enters the picture and fight alongside Batman and Superman against Doomsday.
We are also having cameos of superheroes along the way. We may never know if we are going to see Flash besides Cyborg and Aquaman. Who knows, right?
Will the movie be a hit?
Judging by the trailer, it sure looks to be a hit. We’ll have to wait and see, how the full product turns out.
What do you think? Is DCEU trying to catch up with the MCU? Let me know in the comments.
Have you ever wonder why horror films are not scary anymore? Either it’s because of a weak script or the fact the plot didn’t drive the viewers’ attention. These days, horror movies are all about making money without having that scare factor. Yes, there are some fans that enjoy less-scary films. But, you would have to ask yourself, “What is a horror movie?”
A horror movie is meant to scare people’s pants off. The tension, and the atmosphere causes this, and the fact that there are either monsters, or killers are out to get the main protagonists and make you wonder whether they will get out alive.
Ever since Alien, The Exorcist, and countless other scary classics, the horror genre grew over the years. There was that horror even in the early years before these films I’ve mentioned. So, what happened now? Why the current movies aren’t that scary at all? Even those movies aren’t scary, would they still be considered as horror?
Not less likely. Any horror movie has that tension, but it didn’t live hype to the scary part, the important part. Most horror movies have some gross moments, yet they weren’t that scary.
If you take a look at Stephen King’s The Shining, it has that creepy, haunting atmosphere regarding the hotel and that the main character, a writer has gone bonkers. Alien also has that scary atmosphere, where in space no one can hear you scream. In The Exorcist, you get to see a demon possessing a child’s body, which send chills to your spine and pray to God to save your soul from this dreadful experience.
These are examples of what made the movies, true horror. Not just some dumb, high-school kids being chased around by a serial killer. Or including dumb jokes, and then things starts to get serious when some, dreadful encounter happens.
My question is this, “Are horror movies dying?” How scary makers can bring the scare factor back to its roots? Without the scare factor, there wouldn’t be a horror movie at all. In case of horror comedies, that’s an exception, but horror movies that lacks lame writing and dialogue, and even the scare factor doesn’t make a horror movie, true horror.
After watching the Fantastic Four reboot, I begin to have some doubts about Josh’s directing “superhero” abilities. That being said, his first super-hero realistic film, “Chronicle” was pretty good.
So, what happened here? People argued the fact that Josh hadn’t stick with the original comics, like every comic book fan expecting out there. Of course, this is a live-action film and not all comic book films had to be 100% translated directly from the comic, page by page.
Was that the reason? No. The true answer lies behind the production of the movie. There were certain rumours regarding the fact that Josh was ill-tempered, not being able to work with his co-workers, the actors, or the team behind the production of the fantastic movie. Ahem, not fantastic.
Let’s try to gather some facts here. We don’t know what really happened. Before we go to being “Gossip Girls” for the moment, let me tell you what I thought about the movie.
SPOILERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE!
First of all, this movie had potential, and I wanted to believe that Josh was making a fantastic movie. But it wasn’t. Not because of the comic book material. It’s because of lame writing, which consisted of less character development and thin dialogue. For example, they didn’t specify what really happened between Sue Storm and Johnny Storm, not even including their brief flashback. Yes, in this version, Sue is Johnny’s adopted sister, despite Johnny being black. We have no problem with that, as we saw the results in the TV show, The Flash. But there wasn’t much of an interaction between these two siblings.
However, there were hints to say that Johnny was jealous of Sue due to her abilities, which his father adored the most. Again, there was nothing to indicate that, it was merely speculation, as the saying goes. For that reason, Johnny acted hot-headed, getting into trouble in his “Hot Wheels” rampage.
On that note, we have also almost, zero character development for Victor Von Doom, who turned out to be a programmer. Now, to tell you the truth, I haven’t read the Ultimate Comics or the Marvel 616 comics of the family hero team. Was he ever a computer programmer? This is a movie version, after all. It may not matter, because Doom is still a genius. Who knows the King of Latveria had "java" programming abilities on his disposal, right? Anyways, here we have a loner who had a crush on Sue Storm. Was Sue aware of it? No (She kept hearing music to focus on her work). He had trouble in the past and the execs never wanted him to work in the Baxter Building, even though he was responsible for the “Negative Zone” experiment, sorry, the “Planet Zero” experiment.
However, Doom is scary here, after...Planet Zero gave him abilities. He was far scarier than the other versions of Doom, even the campy version of the first, two movies. But Doom’s screen time was limited. When you’re introducing an awesome villain like this, would you actually toss this character within seconds? The Fantastic Four had managed to beat him in the end, after they...worked together near the end. And yes, Doom was doomed. Or was he?
There was some character development of Ben Grimm and Reed Richards. However, I didn’t notice any single friendship between those two. Not like, hanging out or something. There were probably some hints there as their childhood past, time-jumped 7 years into the future, where they are now grown-ups. Speaking of grown-ups, Reed sure didn’t act like one, when he got drunk and then forced Ben to come over and take part in a dangerous experiment. Later, after the buddies and Johnny and Doom entered Planer Zero, Ben told Reed that they had to get out and Reed didn’t listen to him. Ben was just there as if he were a bodyguard, following his friend's orders.
It would have been awesome, if they included scenes like Reed getting bullied in high school and Ben comes in to protect him. Or he and Reed getting drunk, and then talking about their dreams. You know something like that. Here, I didn’t see any of that kind of friendship.
Also, when Reed Richards escaped from the army base, he didn't come back to save his friends, including Ben. It's probably because he was scared after he received his new-found powers. For one year, he hid himself from the military, trying to figure who knows what, controlling his powers just like the rest learning theirs as well. Then, it seems that he was searching for Ben all this time. When Reed was found by Ben and the military, he said to his best friend that he can fix this. This was the same line, Reed told him before he escaped from the army base.
Criticisms aside, the movie itself was a fantastic failure, pardon the pun. The movie wasn’t that long to begin with. It felt rushed. We’re talking about a famous, superhero team from the comics. You would want to introduce them to the new audience and explain who they are, even though we, the fans knew about them.
Now, let’s go behind the scenes of what went wrong. Shall we?
It’s to my knowledge that Josh had made some statements saying that he wasn’t responsible for the damage. And that the Fox Studios was to blame here. Sure, we can blame this person or that person. But, we don’t know for sure.
Josh also said that he had a vision of how he can make Fantastic Four, a fantastic movie. Would it make a difference? Again, we don’t know. If what he had said was true, then he would have gone with his vision, instead of listening to his superiors.
But then again, Josh had to work with these Fox execs at some kind of meeting. Right? Take James Gunn, for example. He took a big risk of making “Guardians of the Galaxy” a different movie after presenting it to his superiors at Marvel Studios. Without the discussions /agreements, James either could have made a different movie or stepped out. But they worked well together. Marvel Studios agreed with James’ plan and gave him a shot.
In Trank’s case, it was entirely different. Somehow, the execs must have walked right into the production and said, “Josh, I don’t think we agree of what you’re doing here.” Or “Josh, we need to discuss this issue further.”
Okay, I may not know much about the film business here. But let’s take it from our perspective. When you agree on making this movie, and yes, if there are any changes to be made, the collaboration would have to occur at some point before or during the making of a movie. Without collaboration and communication, the production falls apart, and that made Josh Trank cranky, and then lashed out against the rest of the production team.
So to say the least, Josh Trank was under pressure because the execs wanted him to make a good movie. He wanted to do his own version. It’s like they took his creative freedom away. Is that the reason why Josh got cranky in the first place? But if it were the reason, then Josh didn’t seem to have a choice. He didn’t care about the movie at all, because of the execs interfering with his product.
It seems to me that teamwork didn’t play out too well here. Or the presentation that Josh had given to the execs didn’t make them happy about his movie version. Or after agreeing with Trank’s version, they’ve changed their mind.
My question is this, "Was Josh Trank right about what he said in his statements?" If the execs didn’t interfere with his work, would Fantastic Four have been a fantastic movie? Let me know what you think.
As for the future of the FF movies, I hope that Marvel Studios will make it as part of the MCU one day. Only time will tell.