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America's Captain 

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Iron Maiden 

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Subj: Re: It's in the approach.
Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 at 09:35:55 pm EST (Viewed 344 times)
Reply Subj: Re: It's in the approach.
Posted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 at 12:20:32 pm EST (Viewed 427 times)

    Lest we forget....


    Civilians have been on space flights before. Teacher Christa McAuliffe died in the Challenger space shuttle disaster. Teacher Barbara Morgan was to be McAuliffe's backup but the program "Teachers in Space"was cancelled. Morgan was let into the astronaut training program and did get to go into space in 2007

True. These civilians went into space because they were avid space buffs. So applying that logic to the Fantastic Four, we'd be saying that Reed, Ben, Sue and Johnny all went into space because they were all avid space buffs and had all trained extensively for this opportunity of a lifetime.

I think a movie could be built around that concept. In fact, I think the first FF film pretty much was - if we don't sweat the details. As I've said before, the only thing wrong with that movie was Doom. I was totally satisfied with how the FF were portrayed. I loved the movie. I went to see it in the theaters twice. Despite hating what they did with Doom.

So OK. If we do the origin one more time just to make it visually more identical to Stan and Jack's version - which is something I don't personally advocate but I can run with it as a discussion topic - then it looks like this: Reed, Ben, Sue, and Johnny all go into Reed's rocket ship because they're avid space buffs who've been training extensively for this opportunity of a lifetime. Reed designed the ship himself and owns the company that built it. He's rich from prior entrepreneurial enterprises. The flight is officially scheduled and even has media coverage. Reed is top dog as far as planning and execution. (This makes him responsible for what happens, at least in his own mind - which is the one element I personally insist on.)

Up they go. All is proceeding smoothly when - zap! Cosmic rays! The ship is badly damaged but they manage to bring it back to Earth and crash land. They escape the wreckage and as they remove their space suits they begin to transform. Etcetera.

This sets up some important character elements. All four of the main cast are avid space buffs. Sue isn't along for the ride because she's a dutiful girl friend. Johnny isn't along for the ride because - uh - frankly, I never knew why he was on that ship. But in the version we're brainstorming, he and Sue (and Ben and Reed) are there because there's nowhere else in the world they'd rather be. Which means they all have a highly developed sense of wonder and appetite for adventure. This is a little different from the comics, at least as far as Sue is concerned. I always had the sense that Sue would have been perfectly happy living a mundane life. But the Sue we're envisioning absolutely would not.

This works. I could accept this. In fact this might be the best origin scenario yet.

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