The Fantastic Four Sequel’s worst mistake ruined the Silver Surfer
By changing up a classic comic book story, the writers of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer turned a good movie into a terrible one.
Fans of the The Fantastic Four continue to be disappointed with the team’s cinematic adventures; of the four films made, none has achieved critical or commercial success. The 1994 debut film was little more than an ashcan copy created on an extremely low budget, the 2005 film was a mediocre comedy in disguise as a superhero flick, and the 2015 Fant4stic reboot was too dark and lacking. joy. But in the years 2007 The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, a key change from classic comic book history regarding the Silver Surfer translates into a huge missed opportunity to inject gravity into a movie that doesn’t.
The sequel to the 2005 film is based in part on the legendary Galactus Trilogy, a historical tale of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Marvel history that saw larger-than-life characters like Galactus and the Observer (from What if…? glory) threaten Earth over the course of three issues. Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch, and The Thing all have their moments to shine – but Alicia Masters, the blind girlfriend and later wife of Ben Grimm. His role in the Galactus trilogy is perhaps the most important moment in history … and sadly, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer replaced it with someone else.
When the Silver Surfer crashes into Alicia Masters’ house, the two have a conversation about the nature of Galactus and the Surfer’s mission. The surfer doesn’t seem to understand that human life has value (he’s an extremely powerful being who helped Galactus for a while, after all), and Alicia protests. “Maybe we are not as powerful as your Galactus … but we have hearts … we have souls … we live … breathe … feel! Can’t you see that? ? Are you as blind as I am ?? “ It’s a powerful message that almost reaches the Surfer – but he knows he must serve his master before everyone else. It wasn’t until later that the surfer finally decided to listen to Alicia’s words, break her vow, and save everyone on Earth.
Unfortunately, in the film, Alicia’s role is replaced by Susan Storm. Sue is not ordinary – she is a celebrity-scientist who has incredible powers – and therefore does not represent humanity as well as Alicia. On top of that. The idea that a blind woman can feel what the mighty Silver Surfer cannot feel is truly poignant. Instead, the surfer agrees to help the Fantastic Four in the movie simply because Susan Storm reminds him of his lost love, Shalla Bal.
The film underperformed (unfortunately, like all other films in the The Fantastic Four franchise), and a potential Silver Surfer spinoff movie never came to fruition. Now that Marvel has the rights to the Fantastic Four, there’s hope that the Galactus trilogy will be comically accurate the next time it’s adapted for a movie. Until then, the The Fantastic Four remain in cinema purgatory – and the Silver Surfer hasn’t graced the big screen yet.
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