What if the surprise villain in the new Fantastic Four movie is just a completely faithful adaptation of the Impossible Man?

§ January 28th, 2015 § Filed under fantastic four, retailing § 12 Comments

So I put it in my Twitter feed, I put on my store’s website, I put it on the store’s Facebook page, so what the heck, let’s put it here, too:

My first response upon cracking open the case of these Dancing Groots was “oh no, they have ‘try me’ buttons” which means I can expect to hear these every single day for what little remains of the rest of my life. And then the thought occurred to me “I wonder what it would sound like if I pressed all of the buttons at more or less the same time,” quickly followed by the idea that I should take a video of it and share it in all the places listed previously. And thus, there it is…the Camarillo Local Groots Choir, performing just for you.

In other news, there’s buzz about for the new Fantastic Four trailer, mostly because we’ve been hearing terrible things about changes made to the concept that strayed perhaps too far from its comic book origins, and this is our first look at what the filmmakers were actually doing. And…well, it at least seems like it will look nice. Some have noted that the trailer seems a mite too serious for something that’s called the “Fantastic Four,” but the more somber tone does differentiate itself from the previous FF movies. Plus, it now looks like a highbrow sci-fi movie rather than just another superhero film, which I find a bit more interesting, and perhaps more in line with the actual origins of the comics. Well, okay, maybe not the “highbrow” part, but you know what I mean.

As for the reported changes in the FF’s origin….I don’t know, I think so long as we end up with something approximating the characters and relationships we know from the comics, it almost doesn’t matter how they start out. It’s almost enough that the receive their abilities from scientific misadventure, which is close enough. (And most people going to see the movie won’t notice or care that the origin’s been fiddled with.) At any rate, the trailer did its job: it’s piqued my interest in a film I was somewhat indifferent/mildly negative about. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to someday have an actual Doctor Doom in a Fantastic Four film who was Reed’s college roommate who blew up his own face in a failed experiment and later got armor from monks, but there’s always the next reboot in, like, four or five years from now.

12 Responses to “What if the surprise villain in the new Fantastic Four movie is just a completely faithful adaptation of the Impossible Man?”

  • Tomas Ruud says:

    The trailer seems to be going for the same mood that the Man of Steel trailer. Not a good sign.

    The origin reminds me of the Ultimate FF version, which is not a bad thing. The important part was always that they were pioneers and explorers, and the rocket was just the 1961 expression of that concept.

  • chuckv4 says:

    I love the fact that Doom has hated Richards since an incident when they were college roommates. Hey, lots of people experiment in college!

  • Dr. Dorm says:

    The accursed Richards and I were never roommates!

    He roomed with that oafish buffoon Grimm.

    I had a swank-ass dorm room all to myself!

    The explosion (that Richards!!! caused) ruined, RUINED I say, my John Belushi “Animal House” poster AND kept me from rescuing my dear Mother’s soul from Hell!

    On the bright side: I did get to hang with some pretty chill Tibetan monks.

  • John says:

    If you suspended an arrow from your ceiling with fishing line, you may be able to Yondu customers away from the “try me” buttons.

  • Jon H says:

    I’m starting to think maybe it would be better to start off FF movies with them facing Annihilus in the Negative Zone, and only introducing Doom in a later movie. (I mean, hell, in comics Doom didn’t show up until issue 5, after the Mole Man and the Skrulls debuted.)

    The later movie could involve Doom (whatever his origin) seeking access to the Negative Zone via FF HQ.

    I just get the feeling the studio feels like they have to put Doom in as the villain, but just don’t know how to do it, and may not be quite comfortable with the character.

  • Andrew Davison says:

    Love the Groots, but I’d suggest hiding all but one of them, and perhaps reducing the volume setting.

    Using Doom yet again, makes the movie seem very like the first and second ones. I wish they’d use a different bad guy.

  • De says:

    If the number of people complaining about the FF movie actually bought the comic, it would sell better than Batman.

  • ArghSims says:

    I like your Impossible Man suggestion, but I still like the idea of having them fight a bunch of Kirby monsters with Patton Oswalt as the Mole Man.

  • Steven Gauthier says:

    I see Oscar noms for the Phantom Finger in a Supporting Role.

  • Casie says:

    I’ve watched that Groot video way too many times.

  • Brian says:

    Don’t ask me how, but the conversation about this somehow inspired me to create *this*…



  • Snark Shark says:

    “Dancing Groots”

    my LCS had that same display- THEY SOLD OUT!