Yes yes. There is a Fantastic Four post on the Odeck already for today, but I thought this was too interesting to not share. Devin Faraci of the movie blog Birth.Movies.Death. (the most awkward name for anything) posted an overview of an early draft of Fantastic Four by Jeremy Slater, which was apparently full of series staples such as Moloids, Latveria, Herbie, and even Galactus. Spoiler alert for the new movie and the early script.
Faraci says that several arcs are similar. Reed and Ben are best friends, but they are separated when Reed joins a science project to build a portal to other dimensions. Like in the movie, Sue is left behind on the boys’ romp to the new dimension (only because they don’t have enough people to operate the machinery on Earth), Victor is presumed dead when things go wrong, and everyone gets blasted with cosmic powers. The early script also has Ben join the military as a living weapon and makes Reed go on the run after returning to Earth. Unlike the movie, however, Victor is a Latverian spy who uses his powers to take over his home country and is now a herald of Galactus. Sounds nutty right?
Slater’s script is closer in tone and action to a Marvel movie, with big action and lots of character interplay. It’s maybe a little overstuffed, featuring the origin of the Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom, Galactus, Mole Man, Herbie the Robot and even the FantastiCar, and containing a central action set piece in the streets of New York City against a gigantic Moloid that eats Ben Grimm.
We’ll never truly know what kind of movie Josh Trank would’ve made had he more control and funding over the project, but it looks like we’re at least getting snippets of it.
Bonus: According to Entertainment Weekly, there was a scene from the movie that was cut out—which was in the trailers—that featured the Thing attacking a Chechen rebel camp. The article makes it sounds like it was cut because of directorial issues rather than the politically sensitive nature of such a scene.