Thursday, August 06, 2015

Zaki's Retro Review: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

L-R: Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans
Click here to read my review of 2005's Fantastic Four

When their first Fantastic Four flick grossed more than three times its production budget in 2005, the hoped-for sequel quickly left the realm of the hypothetical for home studio Twentieth Century Fox. And with the cast locked into the kind of multi-picture deals that are standard for these kinds of pictures, they moved to lock in director Tim Story as well as screenwriter Mark Frost for a follow-up that (they hoped) would up the ante in both scope and box office returns in the same way that the X-Men sequels had for the same studio.

When attempting to find a story to hang the sequel on, it makes sense that the filmmakers turned to the iconic "Galactus Trilogy" from the 1960s. Not only is this three-part story by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby considered one of the definitive FF opuses of all time, it also introduced one of the definitive FF villains in the form of the planet-eating giant Galactus. Perhaps even more importantly than that, it featured the first appearance of the Silver Surfer, an iconic Marvel hero in his own right.

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