Five paths the Fox reboot should take to compete at the box office
5. The Villians
The Fantastic Four have arguably one of the greatest collection of dastardly rogues out of any Marvel Comics heroes, including one who may well be the greatest villain in all of comics. With a new "Fantastic Four" franchise comes the opportunity to introduce a veritable legion of antagonists. Imagine an "FF" film set in the Negative Zone to tackle Annihilus, or journeying to Atlantis to face the Sub-Mariner or Attuma. The film could utilize the Skrulls, or delve into mysticism and horror with Diablo or the Salem's Seven. Great villains define the heroes they fight, and if Fox wants to score with its new take on "FF," it needs to spend time deciding on the right evil for the Four to take down.
And then, there's Doom. Of the sins committed by the previous "Fantastic Four" films, perhaps none doomed them so much as the portrayal of Dr. Doom. Reed Richards' arch-nemesis is not a smarmy, cackling, generic villain; he is a megalomaniacal despot who is as adept at science as he is with sorcery. Doom's mere presence should fill an audience with fear and apprehension; he's not just a generic baddie to be easily dispatched with a freeze ray or whatever it was that happened at the end of the first film.
As if Doom weren't enough to handle, there's also Galactus, sometimes know as The Devourer of Worlds. Other heroes have villains that define them; the Fantastic Four have a very hungry celestial god. Portrayed as a planet-eating cloud in "Rise of the Silver Surfer" -- because the filmmakers feared audiences would not be able to embrace a giant, planet-devouring being -- there's no reason to avoid the magnificence of Galactus as Jack Kirby first presented the planet eater decades ago. Executed properly, it should be possible to capture the sheer awesomeness of the concept on a big screen and embrace everything that makes the "Fantastic Four" so fantastic.