In geekdom, we see a lot of teasers. Sometimes it’s just an image or the name of a creator, other times it’s a trailer or a simple tag line. Whatever it is, it’s meant to get a reaction from you and start a discussion. Inspired by the anticipation and buzz caused by these teasers, we at Fantastic Fangirls present Skipping to Conclusions in which we speculate about the comics, movies, TV shows, or whatever we’re excited about but hasn’t come out yet.
We finally (probably) have a new first family of Marvel cast! And wow, people have opinions. Fantastic Four was the first Marvel title I ever read. My little brother and I shared them, and spent many hours pretending to be Sue and Johnny. Every once in a while we’d convince our other brothers to be Reed and Ben. I own both of the earlier F4 films out of loyalty to the brand. And as disappointing as those films were, I’m happy they happened. There is a science to making movies: Fantastic Four and Rise of the Silver Surfer played it safe — straight casting, familiar villains, handwaving science plot — and were Okay…ish and Awful respectively. They were not well received but they were successful enough for Fox to try again. And this second time around superhero films are so prevalent playing it safe is not actually safe. In order to stand out, studios have to shake up the formula. Michael Douglas has his first super-role at age 69. Man of Steel is not your father’s Superman. Guardians of the Galaxy exists. Johnny Storm is black. Someday maybe we’ll have a Wonder Woman movie.
Miles Teller as Reed Richards
-I have no idea who this is.
Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm
-The wee British ballet boy grew up to be THE THING! I hope there is tap dancing involved.
-I imagine Jamie’s motion capture experience (Tintin) was a factor in this decision.
-I love Jamie Bell.
Kate Mara as Sue Storm
-Kate Mara is a wholly underrated actress who could end up owning this movie.
-At 30 Kate is the eldest of the four actors cast which is awesome.
Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm
-We’ve been rooting for Jordan to be Johnny since we heard the rumor. He’s a good actor and the character is a good fit.
It doesn’t make Sue any less capable or caring if she has red hair. It doesn’t make Johnny any less of a brat if he’s black. The little brother who played Johnny to my Sue is my half-brother and after our mother’s death we were raised by his father, my adoptive father. It doesn’t make Sue and Johnny any less siblings if they are not blood related. And that is a beautiful and important message to showcase and they don’t have to change anything about either character to do it.
They’ve opened up new and interesting ideas for characters that have been around for fifty years. That’s what I want a movie adaptation to do.