Five paths the Fox reboot should take to compete at the box office
1. Go Big or Go Home
At numerous points in its history, "Fantastic Four" has been Marvel's grandest title. In the original Stan Lee and Jack Kirby run, every issue not only explored the character dynamics of Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben, but also had the stalwart four encounter some of the most mind-blowing concepts of the day. They were not just superheroes, the Fantastic Four were -- and are -- explorers, every issue introducing new worlds and concepts to readers. The FF didn't stop bank robberies; they stopped alien excursions from other dimensions. They did not just encounter villains; they encountered other dimensional warlords bent on conquest.
In the previous "FF" films, Reed's lab looked entirely mundane, outfitted with standard issue beakers and desktop computers with beakers, not the kind of place that would allow and encourage the impossible to happen on a daily basis. Reed shouldn't have microscopes in his lab, he should have portals to the Negative Zone and other gizmos and engines that crackle with otherworldly Kirby-esque energy. Everything the FF does is epic; every story they are involved in should be an exercise in world building. During the Silver Age, mind altering concepts that became major parts of the tapestry of the Marvel Universe were introduced in the pages of "Fantastic Four" on a monthly basis.
A film worthy of the name "Fantastic Four" should match the scope of the comics, the stories breaking the boundaries of reality, unafraid to take chances. A new "FF" film needs to embrace the insanity and grandiosity of "FF," or will it fall short of both the team's moniker and the book's legacy. The characters that comprise the Fantastic Four are human, but the situations they find themselves need to go far beyond the standard conception of our daily reality. A "Fantastic Four" movie should be filled with energy and huge moments, fevered set pieces that fans will never forget and inspire filmmakers the way the comics have so many of the writers and artists who followed Lee and Kirby. After all, these aren't voyagers of the kinda cool: They're the voyagers of the fantastic.