Fantastic Four

Stupidity: When they first arrive on Planet Zero, Victor runs his hand through the mysterious green liquid on the planet surface. No scientist in their right mind would ever willingly attempt to touch a body part to an unknown substance. He had no way of knowing if the substance was toxic, corrosive, incendiary, hypothermic, etc. Moreover, none of his companions try to warn him against doing so.

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Stupidity: When Victor is rediscovered on Planet Zero, the scientists bring him straight back to Earth. They had absolutely no way of knowing what he was exposed to on that planet for the Earth-long year he was there. He could have been a major quarantine risk for all they knew.

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Plot hole: Dr Doom has amazing powers, able to crush people or pop their heads in an instant, which he does to all the humans but not to his biggest threat, the Fantastic 4.

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Trivia: An early draft of the script was much larger in scope and more light-hearted in tone, and featured numerous characters including Dr. Doom, Mole Man and a cameo by Galactus to set him up as a potential future villain. The film had to be scaled back due to budgetary restrictions. Director Josh Trank then decided to approach the film from a newer angle to set it apart, by going for a more Cronenberg-esque body-horror movie crossed with a superhero film. But much of the film was altered in reshoots after filming ended to make it feel more like a standard comic-book movie.

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Question: I suppose this is more a request for an educated guess than anything. Why can't anyone seem to produce a working Fantastic 4 movie franchise? The first two movies and the first reboot were awful, simply put, and the poor box office returns made future sequels or reboots even less likely. Why can no one seem to get a grip on what makes Fantastic 4 tick?

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Chosen answer: In a nutshell, 20th Century Fox and the people that worked on the respective films simply don't understand the comics and why fans like the source material. It's also worth noting that the 2015 film was made so that Fox could retain the rights, as they would have gone back to Marvel had they not begun production on it by a certain date in 2014. They weren't exactly making the film with the intention of it being great, rather as a rights grab and a money grab, though the film ended up being a major box office flop, so the latter didn't exactly pan out in their favor. There are many fans that would like to see the rights to Fantastic 4 revert back to Marvel Studios, as they would more than likely do the films justice.

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