When it comes to great superhero teams, the Fantastic Four may not jump out to you as quickly as say the Avengers or the X-Men. And while they may not have the fan base that other superheroes such as Batman or Iron Man have, trust me when I say they're one of the most interesting teams out there. Unfortunately, cool facts about the series don't exactly translate into a cinematic film that is anything even close to decent. With movies and television shows being the prominent role in society that they are, it's a shame they have yet to get the film right. If you aren't able to make the audience care about the characters, they probably aren't also going to go and pick up a comic book.
That doesn't mean that you should discount how insanely cool the team is. A guy that stretches, strength, fire, invisibility, talk about a 4-pack that can leave your villains guessing! Not to mention that they've been around for decades, so you better believe they've got some interesting facts and stories surrounding their comics.
Plus they are the only superhero team out there that has had something to do with Bill Murray, so that definitely gets them points, right? They might not have won over your hearts yet on the big screen, but that doesn't mean that their facts aren't going to be able to hold your attention.
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15 There’s An Unreleased 1994 Film
Did you know there was a Fantastic Four film that came out in 1994? I didn’t either because the studio never actually released the film! Though that hasn’t stopped illegal copies from hitting the internet. The film was made for the incredibly small budget of $1 million, and was only created so that the studio would not lose its licensing rights of the characters.
14 The Thing’s Thing
13 The Fantastic Four Once Went Bankrupt
12 George R.R. Martin Wrote A Fan Letter
One of the best parts of reading comics is being able to check out the different fan letters, especially when looking at some of the comics from the past. One of George R.R. Martin’s first piece of published writing was surely his fan letter that he sent into In 1963, Martin wrote “brilliant! You were just about the World’s worst mag when you started, but you set yourself an ideal, and, by gumbo, you achieved it! More than achieved it, in fact-why, if you were only half as good as you are now, you’d still be the world’s best mag!!!”
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10 The New Cast Dies In A Comic
9 There Is No Human Torch In the 1978 Cartoon
If you are going to make a cartoon based around the Fantastic Four, one of the things that you might want to be sure of, is that you’ll be able to use all the primary characters. Unfortunately, in 1978, the character of the Human Torch was optioned out for the potential of having a stand-alone movie (that never happened). As a result, when the cartoon series came to fruition in 1978, his character’s rights were not available. The solution, as suggested by Stan Lee, was to replace the Human Torch with a cute robot sidekick named Herbie. The character eventually made his way into the comic series as well.
8 Why the Fantastic Four Was Created
While Marvel may be the brand with the more recognizable heroes, this was not always the case. In the late 1950s it was DC Comics that was all the rage, and this was largely due to the success of the creation of the Justice League. Stan Lee was assigned the task of trying to create a new superhero team. Lee loved the idea of trying to create complex characters that were far from the perfect ideal. A team environment gave him the medium to explore a lot of human emotions such as vanity and leadership, and allowed him to show his characters bicker amongst each other.
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6 There Is A 1964 Brazil Comic That Pairs Captain Marvel with the Human Torch
In 2016 if you try to create a comic using properties that you don't own, you're going to get shut down pretty quickly. But back in 1964, especially in places that weren't North America, you could find pirated content and copyright infringement on a more common basis. One such form came in a comic series featuring Captain Marvel and the Human Torch, despite not having the rights to either of the characters.
5 The Fantastic Four Movie Is Partially Why Jessica Alba Hates Movies:
Now, I'll be honest, I don't think I've ever seen a movie or television show that starred Jessica Alba that left me feeling all that impressed. So when she stopped appearing in movies, I wasn't exactly missing her. Yet when you look at why she failed, appearances in movies like the awful Fantastic Four film certainly didn't help.
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2 Kitty Pride Almost Joined The Team
Chris Claremont is a fantastic writer, and when he took over the reigns of the Fantastic Four squad, he wanted to bring Kitty Pride into the team. Easy to see why when you consider how awesome of a character she is.
When asked about his thoughts on it, Claremont replied “My intent was to have Sue [Storm] adopt Kitty, seeing in her a classic troubled teen on the verge of going majorly bad. She would sort of function as Franklin’s big sister. Since nobody was using her in the X-Men, I figured nobody would mind me sliding her over to the Fantastic Four. My mistake. Boyoboy can Marvel editors be territorial!”
1 Bill Murray Voiced The Human Torch
This one is not so much a fun fact about the team itself, but more a fun piece of information about Bill Murray, but who doesn’t love Bill Murray? In 1975 there was the idea to create a radio series based on the Fantastic Four cartoons, and one of the creators knew Bill due to his time on the National Lampoon radio hour. There were only 13 episodes, but fans would love to know that Bill Murray was the voice of the Human Torch. There is no telling the impact this had on the rest of his career, but at the very least it would have been a very cool thing to be able to throw on your resume!
Sources: wikipedia.org, marvel.wikia.com, vulture.com, blastr.com, digitalspy.com
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