This Fantastic Four deal could help explain why Fox suddenly received some broad, new rights for content in a world when Marvel is succeeding on every medium, but it also may help explain why three MCU films are scheduled to be released in 6 months of 2020. Official details haven’t been released yet so stay tuned for more on this intriguing development.
We here at Gabbing Geek LOVE box office reports. Ok….JUST me and Ryan. Everyone else seems to hate them. We’ve talked a lot about it the last few weeks, so let’s look at the winners and losers of this year’s box office as we wait for the Martian to officially kick off the Fall movie season.
Superheroes, for the most part, don’t age. Marvel and DC have their superhero universes set in some sort of sliding scale timeline, where almost everything that’s happened since the superhero line was created somehow only occurred over a ten to twelve year period. That means that even though there are Fantastic Four comics depicting Reed Richards and Ben Grimm in the trenches of World War II, today neither of those gentlemen are that old. Aside from a handful of World War II era heroes and villains who have managed to stay active and keep their ties to the war (Captain America, the original Justice Society), or even the rarer other type (Frank Castle is a Vietnam vet), heroes are pulled from eras they existed in to avoid explaining how Batman swings through the streets of Gotham without a walker.
But there are ways to allow heroes to age, and one of them DC used to have was Earth-2. Originally the home of the Justice Society of America, Earth-2 was the place where the Golden Age heroes did their thing. And while none of them quite reached the state we’d consider “elderly,” some of them did marry and have children. One of them was the Earth-2 Batman, and he had a daughter, and oh man, is this one messed up history.
Cartoon Network a number of years back spun-off a line of late night shows, many only about ten minutes per episode, under the “Adult Swim” umbrella. A number of their short original programming often looks crudely animated (on purpose), and may require some substances illegal in most states to really enjoy. One such show that is neither ten minutes long nor requires such stimulation is The Venture Brothers.
The Venture Brothers is often hilarious, and much of it comes across as a distorted Geek pop culture argument on acid.
To illustrate how wrong I think the critics are on this one, I decided to examine exactly where Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four ranked relative to the other DC/Marvel superhero movies in the post-Iron Man and Dark Knight era.