Anybody looking forward to seeing a classically lighthearted version of Marvel's first family had their dreams swiftly clobbered with the premiere of the new trailer for Fantastic Four. According to director Josh Trank, this film is going to be "hard sci-fi" (think Blade Runner, The Twilight Zone, or Black Mirror -- science fiction that explores a controversial area of science and/or technology to a grim extreme). The director even went as far as claiming this second reboot of a Silver Age comic franchise involving a rock monster and a man who can stretch his arms out really far will be "Cronenbergian" in its grittiness -- implying that Fantastic Four will explore the consequences of Jeff Goldblum dabbling with body horror science.
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They'll need a much larger jar when Reed's dick falls off.
So why is the idea of trying to make the comic book equivalent of The Adventures of Pluto Nash into an intense science fiction masterpiece so bad? It actually has less to do with Fantastic Four specifically, and more to do with the fact that it is nearly impossible to ground superhero movies in any kind of "hard" science. After all, the "science" in The Amazing Spider-Man wasn't put in there to challenge our perception of genetic engineering -- they just needed a science-y reason for Peter Parker to have spider powers.
5 Certain Genres Simply Don't Mix With Superhero Films (Because of Death)
Superhero films are their own sub-genre, like sports, romance, or fantasy. Now, with most other films, mixing genres has become almost the norm -- we see horror comedies and sports romances and fantasy sports action comedies all the time. The problem with superhero movies is that they all adhere to a very specific set of hard and fast rules that we've all come to expect. For example: