It’s no secret that Trank’s original plan for “Fantastic Four” was a far cry from the final theatrical version, and it’s no surprise to hear Slater admit that he and Trank had different ideas on what the movie should be. From what I remember, the first half of the film’s theatrical cut plays out like the body-horror-focused homage to David Cronenberg, which Trank described as predating the reshoots. It then noticeably – and jarringly – changes gears entirely in its second half, evolving into a much lighter version, but very rushed, origin story for the titular superhero team, with a barely cohesive showdown between the Fantastic Four and the evil Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell).
Could Trank’s brainchild for ‘Fantastic Four’ have worked? Maybe, maybe not. There are certainly superhero properties that can be seamlessly fused with horror elements, but even then, that’s easier said than done (see also: “The New Mutants”) , a movie that’s honestly better than you might have heard), and characters like the super-stretchable Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman might be a bit too inherently cheeky to work against the backdrop of a full-fledged, po-faced horror film. At the same time, I sort of dug into Trank’s dark and eerie “Fantastic Four” vibe in its first half and would have preferred to see its original vision left intact, if only for the sake of integrity. artistic. Sure, it still might have been a dud overall, but at least it would have been interesting and daring along the lines of Ang Lee’s “Hulk.”
Episode 1 of Marvel’s “Moon Knight” is streaming now on Disney+. Elsewhere, “Fantastic Four” is being actively reimagined as a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, with “Spider-Man: No Way Home” director Jon Watts attached to call the shots.