With the main cast of Fox's Fantastic Four reboot announced, it's time to take a look at some of the villains we can't wait to see on the big screen.
With two films currently under their belts - Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer – Fox is in a unique position to reboot the franchise in a way that will finally give the first family of comics their due. And since any group of heroes is really only as good as thier villains, we have to hope that Fox won’t be afraid to tap into the comics a bit more, considering we have really only seen Doctor Doom and the Silver Surfer oppose the FF so far.
While the new cast has certainly brought up some debate among fans, at the very least it shows the studio isn’t afraid of going in a new direction to deliver the best possible film. So with that line of thinking in mind, we have delved into the FF’s rogues gallery to see just who would make the best fit for the new FF to tackle on the big screen. We did this before when we checked out 8 Possible Villains We Want to See in Avengers 2, which did indeed list Ultron, so maybe the next FF villain could be listed below!
Victor (or Victoria?) Von Doom is more than likely guaranteed to make an appearance in the Fantastic Four reboot, but whether it’s as the main villain remains to be seen. It could depend on how Fox plans to structure the franchise, especially considering some of the other franchises starting out like the Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, both of which have spent a good deal of time building up a future villain (or villains, with the Sinister Six appearing over in ASM). Whatever form Doom takes in the reboot, the pressure remains to bring justice to a character that has disappointed us twice now.
The Frightful Four have had a few rosters over the years, and with some tricky film rights spread around the specific line-up would have to careful about who it uses, but the villainous FF would offer a unique battle for the Fantastic Four. Fairly easy to introduce as well, especially considering the tendency to draw from the Ultimate universe when constructing these characters. See, in the Ultimate Universe the Baxter Building (longtime headquarters of the FF) is a think tank for brilliant students, of which both Reed and Sue are a part of. Nothing says Bentley Whittman (Wizard) and Ulysses Klaw (Klaw) couldn’t also be a part of the Baxter Building think tank. Throw in Pete Petruski AKA The Trapster and Thundra AKA Thundra and we could watch the FF vs the FF all day long.
Red Ghost and the Super Apes
I know, at first blush it sounds completely ridiculous to pit the Fantastic Four against a russian cosmonaut and his three hyper-intelligent apes. Ivan Kragoff and his Super Apes (Mikhlo, Igor, and Peotr) all have devastating powers, which they gained in basically the same way the Fantastic Four did. In the mainstream Marvel universe the FF were bombarded by cosmic rays aboard their rocket during a scientific mission in space, which Kragoff successfully replicated. This gave him the powers of intangibility and invisibility, with magnetism, super strength, and shape shifting bestowed to Piotr, Mikhlo, and Igor, respectively. The Red Ghost and his Super Apes have encountered the FF many times over the years, and the silliness of the Super Apes diminishes as soon as they go all Planet of the Apes on you with their powers.
Psycho Man isn’t necessarily considered a heavy hitter in the pantheon of FF villains, despite his best efforts. Ruler of a technocracy in the Microverse – which is exactly what it sounds like – Psycho Man routinely inhabits a ‘macro’ sized suit of armor to play with people’s emotions in a bid to take over the FF’s world. While the Microverse might be a bit of a hard sell, a character that wreaks havoc on the emotions of the newly formed Fantastic Four would be a great, if not clichéd way to really watch this team come together after tearing itself apart.
Unfortunately, we already had the potentially great visual effects of the Super-Skrull wasted in the finale of Rise of the Silver Surfer, but K’lrt the Super-Skrull could add more to the development of the Fantastic Four’s franchise than flashy powers. By introducing the Skrulls, which have yet to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox would be opening the doors to numerous story lines that focus on the shape-shifting aliens and the Fantastic Four. Some may argue that the Chitauri that appeared in Marvel’s The Avengers are a version of the Skrulls, which is alluded to in the storyline they originated in, but recent appearances of the Chitauri in the 616 mainstream universe may allow the Skrulls to take center stage in the FF’s franchise.
Hans Moleman Harvey Elder AKA the Mole Man may not exactly stand out as the villain we most want to see on screen and larger than life. But there is something that comes along with the Mole Man that we have been dying to see the FF take on, and that is quite simply, giant freaking monsters. Ever since the first iconic issue of Fantastic Four, we have seen the team come together time and again to protect New York from the threat of subterranean monsters that threaten the surface world, usually at the behest of the Mole Man and his Moloids. This has been a defining trait of the team since the beginning, and we have yet to see even the barest hint of that dynamic on screen. If it means we have to look at the ugly mug of the Mole Man in the highest definition possible to see the FF take down some giant freaking monsters, then that’s a small price to pay.
I know, I know, this seems crazy. Crazier than crazy. The last thing the world needs is zombie movies invading our predictably safe comic book movies. Unless, that’s exactly what the world needs! Of course, it was that exact thinking that made the original storyline work so well in the Ultimate Universe. When Reed is tricked by a zombified version of himself into opening a door between realities, he puts the whole world at stake when the Zombie FF arrive to throw down. This set the stage for the hit Marvel Zombies series, but would certainly make for an epic cross-genre film the likes of which we have never seen. Unlikely, sure, and maybe not the best villains to help re-introduce the FF to the world, but the potential of the idea sure is fun to think about.
The Negative Zone
Hold on, now. The Negative Zone isn’t a villain, I get it. However, the Negative Zone is chock full of extraordinary villains, most notably Annihilus and Blastaar. In the Ultimate Universe, the N-Zone (as it is known there) is ultimately responsible for the transformation that the FF and Doctor Doom undergo, giving them their powers. Chances are good the film will use parts of the updated origin story, which would in turn open the door for Annihilus and Blastaar to take the team on directly. Annihilus is an insectoid warlord powered by the cosmic rod who has plagued both the FF and the Marvel Universe as a whole. He nearly destroyed the entire universe during the Annihilation event, so his status as a mega-villain is clearly there. Blastaar the Living Bomb-Burst may have a bit of a lesser reputation, but working alongside Annihilus as agents of the N-Zone would offer a unique and powerful set of villains for the Fantastic Four to face.
Namor: While the Sub-Mariner would make a fantastic villain for the FF to take on while introducing the character to cinematic audiences, Namor’s rights are currently owned by another studio, which would make his involvement with the FF unlikely if not impossible.
Who do you want to see the new FF take on in Fantastic Four? What do you think of our choices? Let us know in the comments section below!