2 thoughts on “In Bob We Trust – HOW TO FIX “THE FANTASTIC FOUR” IN THE MCU (PART 3)

  1. Philip says:

    The point about Galactus being saved for a crossover-style event makes sense from a certain perspective, but it figures in to an issue I’m seeing with the MCU at large. And the new Star Wars expansion, for that matter; Rogue One specifically.

    The issue is that every movie needs to be the biggest thing possible, with the stakes raised as high as they can go and space being made for spectacle first, character second. Rogue One may be the worst offender in this regard, with what should have been a tense espionage story ending in an excessive land battle, an excessive space battle and an extended showcase for Darth Vader. Because so much money was being poured into RO and studios don’t believe audiences can be invested in a character-driven story.

    Getting back to Galactus, his original story in FF 48-50 had the stakes (the entire world is threatened), but the tone was one of helplessness and inevitability. The FF were going up against a god, incapable of even drawing his attention at first, and the day is saved only because of the Watcher’s intervention. That sense of inescapable doom hangs over the entire story; Marvels (which apparently you’ve read, given that you included page scans in your video) reinforces that from the civilian perspective, making clear that this is not a traditional superhero tale.

    It’s a great story, a justified classic, but also something that will never be done in the movies because Marvel won’t want to spend $100 million for a story that is 90% the FF growing increasingly frustrated by their helplessness, hanging around inside or on top of the Baxter Building while Galactus constructs his machine. The overall tone wouldn’t be exciting and sensational enough, and instead they would go with what you suggested: bring in all the heroes at once for more spectacle, more hammering ‘this is a big and momentous event’ into the audience’s heads. Telling instead of showing.

    From a financial perspective that may make sense, but not from a storytelling perspective. So far the MCU is doing well enough with developing the characters, but sequelitis can so easily undermine this as every successive movie needs to up the stakes a little bit more.

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  2. Cornelius says:

    Bob,

    While I don’t always agree with what you say, I have to admit that your idea for the Fantastic Four is great. I like how well you put your shows together also. You seem to have a deep knowledge for film, but I would like to pick your brain about it sometime. I like the idea of making the character-centric films the concepts for sequels because I think one of the best things of the MCU is the characters.

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