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Josh Trank's Comic Book Film 'Fantastic Four' Could Have Been a Kitschy Splendor

A temperamental director and meddling suits at the studio squandered the long-running Fantastic Four comics series' first foray into film. It could, however, be done again -- and done right.

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Trapped in the Negative Zone: The Fantastic Four on Film

The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?

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The Gritty and the Real: Unpacking the Realism Trope in Superhero Films

The only thing that can be done with film better than comics is spectacle. Thinking otherwise betrays a lack of respect for comics, and a pretentiousness about film.

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The Staff Become Characters Themselves in 'Marvel Comics: The Untold Story'

Licensing deals became all important, with comics becoming vehicles for selling things like toys, towels, and shampoo.

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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

At the start of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, the now incorporated superheroes are negotiating endorsement contracts.

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Fantastic Four (2005)

The superpowers bring trauma, anger, and confusion, and eventually a sense of responsibility, as the crew decides to do good with what they've got.

Cynthia Fuchs
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Fantastic Four (2005)

As Marvel comics fans already know, being zapped by a radioactive cloud in outer space alters your DNA according to your sense of self.

Cynthia Fuchs

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