I don't totally disagree with what he says, but I have some issues with some of the things he comes up with.
|Posted: 10 March 2017 at 2:05pm | IP Logged | 5
His tour group thing to recap the origin and establish who the 4 are is good in the sense that it keeps things moving along swiftly in an elegant manner... but I think it runs the risk of building a barrier between the audience and the 4. The Fantastic Four may be celebrities, but this is a kind of peripheral thing. The kind of core appeal to all Marvel characters -- which he touches on at the beginning of the video -- is that they are somewhat ordinary joes who end up being able to do remarkable things. We can relate to them as normal people with everyday problems and emotions. Establishing them from the get-go as some kind of upper-strata superstars would undermine this, I think.
Next, he claims the origin is nothing to do with who they are and they are essentially the same people after as before. I don't think this is true for the Thing at all.
I think also the problem with ditching the origin is that you ditch all the stuff with Reed and Doom being at college together, which is something I'd see as essential. Doom is awesome. Part of that awesomeness is his ego and genius, but an equal part is his bitter hatred of Reed. Now, you could just tell us he hates Reed, but I think it has more weight if we experience the story of why he hates Reed. And that whole Doom origin is a GREAT story.
Pushing Doom to film 2 would be OK if Doom had been done well on-screen before, but he hasn't. We've never had anything like the real Doom on-screen, so why not try and show the real deal. If you have the best villain ever, why opt not to use him?
Big spectacle is nice to say, but did the previous films really fall down on lack of FX? It was the mishandling of the characters, far more than the FX that let it down. Just too generic, in the case of the Story versions. And just too kind of muddily odd and downbeat in the case of the Trank version.