In the film’s most audience-satisfying sequence, the title character meets the advice of an otherworldly ruler that includes Reed Richards (played by John Krasinski), the leader of the Fantastic Four; And Professor Charles Xavier, with Patrick Stewart reprise this role from the “X-Men” franchise.
For students of Marvel’s Serpentine screen history, the inclusion of these two properties, both of which were overseen by 20th Century Fox before Marvel’s mother Disney, is She acquired her entertainment assetspoints to what is likely to be a large part of the studio’s next chapter: capitalizing on two abused titles that are deeply and deeply rooted in the comic book lore.
Fantastic Four has been adapted twice before, in 2005 (followed by a sequel) and with a Weak reboot attempt After a decade. But now Marvel Studios is in control of its future, having announced plans for another stab at the title that started the Marvel renaissance in the 1960s under writer Stan Lee and the artists Jack Kirby And Steve Ditko.
In fact, Lee frequently talked about the Fantastic Four as the grandfather The Renaissance of the Silver Age for Marvel, the comic book he wrote for himself is about to turn over the entire comic book. Like remember it for me In his later years, inspiration came from his wife, Joan, who told him, “Why not write a book the way you want to?”
The popularity of the cosmic ray-modified quartet paved the way for Lee’s epic directorial with Kirby — which included Thor, the Hulk, X-Men, Avengers, Ant-Man, and the revival of Captain America — and Ditko, his co-star in Spider-Man and Dr. Strange.
But on screen, the Fantastic Four was a story of frustration, including a low-budget Roger Corman film in the 1990s that was never officially released; and an animated series that, for contractual reasons, has replaced the Human Torch, whose television rights have been disqualified, with a vulgar robot.
The X-Men, by contrast, has been a huge hit since the 2000 movie directed by Bryan Singer, but the franchise has fallen on hard times lately, with a pair of commercial and critical failures: “Dark Phoenix,” which has been poorly adapted to the story of the comics and It was a poor performance at the box office; And “New Mutant” A branch marred by the horror affected by Covid-related release delays, not that the film would have thrived under ideal conditions.
The Disney-Fox deal that closed in 2019 sparked immediate speculation about a big reunion that weaves the Fantastic Four and X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in the same way that Marvel helped take the creative reins of Spider-Man with it. Partnership with Sonythe owner of these rights for a long time.
However, the wheel of film development is slowly turning, which is why seeing Mr. Fantastic and Professor X in “Doctor Strange” seems like an important appetizer for upcoming Eid.
Marvel has already announced the Fantastic Four but recently suffered a temporary setback, with Jon Watts, director of the latest “Spider-Man” trilogy, Withdrawal from the project.
Looking ahead, Marvel faces high expectations from fans eager to see the X-Men reclaim its early glory and the Fantastic Four rise to a cinematic stature well worthy of its storied place in comic book history. But the rewards can be just as huge.
Having proven its formula for interlocking movies and now TV shows, Marvel has shown a knack for putting together complex puzzles. While the excitement in “Doctor Strange” nicely illustrates the multiverse as a world of endless possibilities, the excitement about bringing the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the mix can easily turn into disappointment if they somehow get these pieces wrong.