It seems Marvel wants to do more than just put out quality films from this point on. They also want to go back and fix the mistakes they made before. This explains the reboots for Spider-Man and the X-Men after their terrible third films and now Fantastic Four seems like it’ll be next.
The good news? The casting rumors are saying Adrien Brody for Reed Richards. He doesn’t exactly look the part but he’s tall and gangly and he could do the whole super scientist thing in his sleep.
There’s more competition for the part of The Invisible Woman with both Amber Heard (Zombieland, Pineapple Express) and Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League ) showing interest. I can’t say they’d be perfect for the role, but neither one would need to dye their hair and wear creepy blue contacts. (Jessica Alba… Such a weird decision).
Right now the choice for the Human Torch is Kevin Pennington. He used to be a model and he was on “90210.” Probably chosen for the physical resemblance, but all he has to do is be cocky and have some good chemistry with The Thing.
That couldn’t be too hard, right? Getting along with the Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Idol of Millions? I mean it’d really only be tricky if they were using CGI to create Aunt Pentunia’s favorite nephew. Of course, in a Post-Avatar world, that’s exactly what they’re doing. I’m not sure why. Michael Chiklis barely needed make-up. This feels like a warning sign to me but I can’t hate it too much if it’ll allow them to cast their current choice, Bruce Willis, as Ben Grimm.
And, because they’re saving The Mole Man for the sequel (start that rumor and call Phillip Seymour Hoffman!), the villain will be Doctor Doom. They’ve already contacted “True Blood“‘s Stephen Moyer.
Last of all: The directors currently pursued are James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) David Yates (several Harry Potter films) and Joe Carnahan, who impressed me enough with The A-Team that I think he could be the man for the job.
Now for some potential downsides to all this. First of all: If they do another origin story the nerds of America may rise up, like an army, and burn down Hollywood. Second, if these reboots of Marvel properties actually work, we may be confronted with another Howard The Duck. And NO ONE wants that.