So I finally saw the Fantastic Four trailer this week. Or should I say “Fant4stic”? Because yes, they actually included that at the end of the trailer. Like Disney with “Tr2n” (which they eventually had the good sense to ditch), they insist on attempting something clever, which really isn’t clever. I blame Se7en.
Anyway, back to the trailer. In short, it sucks. Somehow they’ve made Marvel’s First Family boring. I think the film is going to be about depression in young astronauts who could also be hackers? I know the previous Fantastic Four movies are a little cheesy and universally hated, but there must be a middle ground between over-the-top camp and stifling dullness? Maybe a few more superheroic acts in the trailer, and a few less serious looks and dark atmospheres? This is never going to be the Dark Knight, people…
Overall, a less than fantastic start…
Spidey Rumours Continue
The Internet continues to speculate on Spider-Man’s identity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I laid my case out for Miles Morales here, and now it’s being reported that the actor playing Spidey might not be white after all. It’s all still unconfirmed, but fun to speculate!
This week’s big news for me was Neill Blomkamp confirming on Twitter (or Instagram, I can't remember which) that he’s directing the next Alien film. I’m a big fan of Alien and Aliens, but Alien3 and Alien Resurrection can go die on LV-426 with the colonists for all I care. And no, I don’t think the Director’s Cuts are worth watching either.
Over the years I’ve watched the first two films a lot, and it pleases me to hear that the new Alien film is set to take place after Aliens, and basically ignores the fact that the third and fourth movies ever happened. To me, this is great news. I never got over the lazy writing that killed off Newt and Hicks at the start of Alien3. All that emotional investment you had in those characters fighting to the end of Aliens and surviving? Wiped out in one fell swoop for the sake of some writers or producers deciding to go in another direction. And don’t get me started on the overall crappiness of Resurrection. I literally wouldn’t know where to start.
So when concept art like this showed up online, the Internets got (understandably) a little excited…
Obviously, Ripley and Hicks look older than when we saw them in Aliens, and Hicks has the scars he got in that film, meaning cloning can’t be an explanation. So the rumours flew for a few days and now it’s been confirmed that they are either ignoring or retconning the last two sequels in the franchise. Kind of like how Superman Returns ignored Superman 3 and 4, and just said that after Superman 2, he went away for six years and now he’s back (in the present day). I’m not condoning aping Superman Returns (that film turned out to be an overly sentimental remake/tribute to the original), but I do like the idea of wiping out or somehow explaining away the two worst films in the franchise (not counting the terrible Alien Vs Predator films). Hopefully they can pull it off in the same way that X-Men Days of Future Past wiped clean the messy slate left by X-Men The Last Stand.
In Neill Blomkamp’s hands, it could be good. District 9 is the only film of his that I’ve seen, and I love it. I hope he can take the Alien franchise back to greatness, without just attempting to copy the first two films.
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