It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for our third annual year in review episode! We discuss the best and worst 2015 had to offer when it comes to movies, new television shows, Anime, video games, comics and (of course) conventions! Find out what Nick, Trae and Pher really liked and what they really, really hated…
It’s super fun.
Also, someone finally guessed the damned book Trae’s been reading for so many months — and they went to too much trouble to do so. But we kind of love them for it, so it’s really okay.
Updated: Apparently we all got our hopes up for nothing. Fox and Marvel are both denying this. Shortest. Lived. Story. Ever
It’s no secret that Fox’s recent Fantastic Four movie was a commercial and critical disappointment. While they’ve been able to find repeated success with the license for Marvel’s X-Men, the Fantastic Four just doesn’t seem to be able to find success at the studio. The license remaining at Fox also meant that many characters who were tied up in it (like the Silver Surfer and Galactus) couldn’t appear in films like Guardians of the Galaxy.
Well, people who want planet eaters and dudes made out of rock back at Marvel Studios proper may have a reason to rejoice. Den of Geek is reporting that Marvel and Fox may have just struck a deal that returns the Fantastic Four back into their hands.
There haven’t been any announcements and no one else has corroborated it (so take the news with a grain of salt), but they claim their sources have told them that Marvel has traded the X-Men Television rights to Fox in exchange for the film rights to the Fantastic Four and associated cosmic characters. If it’s true, it means that, say, Guardians of the Galaxy 4 could see our heroes battling Galactus, or Ant-Man could fight Doctor Doom.
If it’s true, we could also see a Marvel Cinematic Universe Fantastic Four film as early as 2020. Here’s hoping it pans out.
On this episode we come to you live from Geek.kon 2015 in Madison, WI! We also have a massive announcement — and that’s the Nerd & Tie Expo! It’s kind of a big deal for us.
Don’t worry — we also talk about current geek news too, including the sad news that Yvonne Craig has passed away, Hallmark’s tasteless and poorly timed Spock ornament, Fantastic Four’s production difficulties, a spy drama based off of Mythbusters might be in the works, the Constantine/Arrow crossover being a thing, and Misha Collins’s very bad day in Minneapolis.
Also, Trae shaved off his beard and it looks super weird.
So by now everyone knows that Fantastic Four is pretty terrible — and when I say terrible, I mean like Green Lantern terrible. What a lot of people were unaware of though is how the entire production process that created the film was pretty bad too.
THR has been digging through stories about the absolute clusterf**k that happened behind the scenes. You should really read the article, but it comes down to Fox having no idea what they wanted, and director Josh Trank being an unmitigated mess.
Fox, for their part, didn’t know what they wanted out of the franchise and threw Trank in the deep end — and when they didn’t like what they got, they pulled him off. Trank on the other hand was notoriously impossible to deal with on set, being weirdly controlling while directing (dictating even when actors should blink or breathe during scenes).
Oh, and Trank caused $100,000 worth of damage to the house he rented during the shoot. That’s a thing that happened.
Seriously, go read the piece and stare in wonder that the film didn’t turn out even more terrible than it did. Like Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD terrible.
You know that Fantastic Four movie that was produced just to keep the rights to the franchise? No, I’m not talking about the one currently flopping in theaters, but instead the 1994 Roger Corman film that (while it was completed) got yanked before it could ever see the light of day.
While the previous Fantastic Four trailer had a very science fictiony feel, we now have a second one… which actually looks like a superhero film.
Okay, so maybe I’m a little unfair – The Fantastic Four has always in part been a science fiction story… but barely. This new trailer also gives us our first official glimpse at Doctor Doom – and yes, he still looks like No Brand Con mascot Duct Tape Boy.
So I’m not sure what I was expecting with the new Fantastic Four trailer. I mean, whether the film ends up being good or bad, I knew the trailer would probably impress me. When you have a lot of money, it’s not hard to toss together a beautiful advertisement. I’m not sure though that I expected the trailer to focus on the science aspect in something that almost feels like the early ads for Interstellar.
In any case, if you feel like getting yourself hyped for a film that at least sports a brilliant cast, here it is:
While they’ve been produced by a different studio, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven that you don’t need to be gritty and dark to make a good superhero flick, and the Fantastic Four is a property that (at least personally I think) works best when it embraces its campy origins. I’m not saying it can never be dark (far from it), but if you’re going to make a two hour picture as a starting point for their story… it just seems off.
Hopefully what Jordan meant was just that there was a lot of dust and dirt on set.
So over the last couple of days a pair of images have been floating around the vast interwebs which purportedly show us what Doctor Doom is going to look like in the upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four. Well, at least what he’s going to look like in one scene (you can’t discount the possibility of a mid-film costume change).
There’s not much to talk about, so here’s what the photos look like (click to enlarge):
We have removed the photos at the request of 20th Century Fox — but they’re still up at io9
Personally I hope this isn’t the final armor in the film, and that eventually Doom puts on something a little more… traditional. Also, I know most of the country won’t have thought of this, but doesn’t Doom mildly resemble No Brand Con mascot Duct Tape Boy a bit in this?
We’ve all heard the story about the never-released Roger Corman directed Fantastic Four film — that it was made to keep the rights to the series, and was never meant to be released. Well, if that’s true, no one ever bothered to tell the people making the movie that.
And now with the documentary entitled DOOMED, they’re telling their side of the story.