Movie vs Comics: Fantastic Four

Sometime ago in August, that horrible Fantastic Four movie came out and crushed everyone’s dreams and all that. Since then, something has been bugging me. Every time a book is adapted into a movie, the fanbase complaint about inconsistencies between the films and the books, but people seem to be more lenient with comic book movies (probably because it’s next to impossible to get your hands on an original copy of the comics). Since the two Fantastic Four movie series have different origin stories for the  main character, it made me wonder which of the two was the closets to the actual origin story from the comic books. Now, since an original copy of the first issue of “the Fantastic Four” is worth something like $100,000, I got the next best thing: A reprint

That was only $3.50 thankfully

The thing that I find interesting is that it doesn’t start directly with the origin story but rather a short sequence were the Four assembles them selves for their first mission/adventure. As it turns out both movie have so small elements in common with the comic book but are mostly different. Now, in case you didn’t see any of the movies, let me give you a summary on the origin story.

  • In the 2005 movie, The fantastic four and Doctor Doom are struck by some solar flare while checking out some new Space station.
  • In the 2015 movie, three of the of the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom get drunk and teleport themselves, Without authorization, to some parallel universe, get exposed to some weird wibbly wobbly goo, abandoned Doom behind and when teleporting back, they shock Sue storm with some whatever energy field.

As I said before, the actual origin story is a mix of both:

  • The Fantastic Four want to be the first to go to space before the Communists do it. They take of without proper clearance and get hit by “cosmic ray” while in space and crash back on earth.
Remember, this was written in 1961…

The thing that strike me the most is obviously that there is no Doctor Doom in the comic, but both movies decided to include him and give him powers at the same time. The 2005 movie was the closest with the character going into space though I assume we could argue about wether the cosmic ray and the solar flair are the same but whatever. Surprisingly there are some elements in the 2015 movie that were present in the comic book. The teams in both case go on their journey without being authorized to go because they wanted to be the first to do it. Also, there is some similarity in the design of the space suit and the white suit used in the movie.

Obviously, this origin story has aged a bit. Simply going into space isn’t all that special anymore and Communists are not exactly the most believable villains anymore. They came up with new origin story to make the movies more contemporary I suppose. It could be very interesting if they kept the cold war setting actually. Ant man was created around the same time period and Marvel integrated that into the Movie continuity by having Hank Pym be an old guy passing the mantle, and they could have done the something similar with the Fantastic Four. If Marvel ever gets their hands back on the Rights for the Fantastic Four, maybe we can hope they do a better job that what has been done so far.

Now you might be wondering who the villain was in that first issue was. It was some dude called the Mole Man. It was some guy who was socially awkward and ugly who lost his sight after having found the center of the earth and planned to destroy major cities around the world in a revenge plot for being discriminated against. He also had this army of giant creatures that were not really explained, I guess they were just living at the center of the earth or something…

Not pictured: the Mole Man

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