Marvel and DC. Two sides of the same coin. While both publishers have made their impract on both the comic book and film world, they couldn’t be more different from one another. With the exception of Batman, DC’s superheroes are more gods than man. Something of a modern American mythology. Few common men populate their worlds. But Marvel has always been a bit different. Their worlds are very much grounded in science. From Spider-Man to Iron Man and the Fantastic Four, Marvel superheroes are often science experiments gone awry or the results of profound human intellect.
With the new “Fantastic Four” flick, directed by Josh Trank, Fox looks to bring that same spirit to the big screen. The new featurette for the film features acclaimed non-fiction author Michio Kaku, who has written such books as “Parallel Worlds: A Journey through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos,” and “Physics of the Future.” In video, Kaku explains that “Fantastic Four” was one of his favorite comics growing up because of the scientific premise.
Fans of the comic will know that the “Fantastic Four” flick is taking its liberties with the plot. In the original story, our four heroes became radiated while on a mission to outer space. In the film, they’ll instead be tackling the obstacles of inter-dimensional travel—a different beast altogether. Kaku goes on to explain this theory, as well as its possibility in the real world.
“The heart of quantum mechanics and the theory of the multiverse lies at the subatomic levels…Electrons exist in multiple states until we recognize or measure them. An electron could have ended up anywhere, but only by noticing it do we pin it down to this reality. By seeing our reality, it takes shape. So what about all the other realities that may coexist with ours? They vibrate at different quantum frequencies. These are the reasons scientists believe alternate dimensions are a real possibility.”
A pretty cool concept to bring to a film However, I do wonder how extensively this theory will feature in the film (apart from getting our heroes to their radiated selves, of course). Can we expect this movie to get brainy on us? Only time will tell, though it would be a decent throwback to the original comics. After all, back in the day, the series was praised for it’s unusual grounding in reality to the comic (I know, if you can believe it? “Fantastic Four” was once considered grounded).
Also, one has to wonder, if this “Fantastic Four” film is successful, will the whole alternate dimensions thing be a way to exploit future storylines, as well as potential crossovers with, say, the X-Men? I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the film fares with its very skeptical audience before we can even think about that.
“Fantastic Four” hits theaters on August 7, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox