Quote:No, you could set it today, as long as you still hit the major beats of the story. In fact, a contemporary setting would work better today than at any time over the last 50 years. One of the biggest criticisms of Stan and Jack's origin story was 'How on Earth do you sneak your girl friend and her kid brother on to a space flight'?
Not just how but - why? There was never any really good reason why Sue and Johnny were on that flight.
Also, humans have been to the moon and back. None of them got powers.
We all just accept the origin because we love the comic. But really, the less we think about it, the better.
Quote:But that was when only government agencies had the will or the finance to send rockets up. In today's climate we have private individuals - Elon Musk and SpaceX for example - getting in on the act. If Reed was a big noise in such a company it would surely be much easier for them to circumvent any security.
But why? And why bring your girl friend and her little brother?
Quote:As long as you stick to the major points (The ship should launch in the near future, something happens which necessitates they launch NOW, but the can't get the clearances or it's too dangerous, Reed & co take the ship up, cosmic rays, crash landing back on earth), then the fans would be happy.
I'm a fan and I'm just as happy to leave the origin alone. But if forced to tell an origin tale yet again, I would radically change it, which I know you don't want.
The only good reason to drag your girl friend and her little brother onto a dangerous rocket flight is if you're fleeing some disaster. (Think Krypton.) Anything else is just dumb. I would have them fleeing the destruction of their Earth, which isn't the Earth we know in the Cinematic Universe. They enter the space between realities and then exit it onto our Earth. Their time in the space between realities transforms them. They crash land and the rest is as we know.
I'm not advocating for that. But if forced to tell an origin story, that's the one I'd tell.
I actually think the most recent movie made a smart play by making them interdimensional explorers rather than space explorers. Of course, everything else about the movie was incredibly awful, but that basic premise update was solid.