Michael Chiklis, who brought The Thing to life in Fantastic Four and its sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer, has advice for the new franchise.
The first actor to play The Thing on film, Michael Chiklis, has something to say to Jon Watts for the relaunch of the franchise as part of the MCU.
After a failed attempt to bring them to the big screen in 1994 with an unreleased low-budget movie, Marvel’s first family hit the big screen in 2005 with Fantastic Four and a 2007 sequel called Fantastic Four: Rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Silver Surfer.
In these films, the team of heroes was played by Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm / Invisible Woman, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm / Human Torch, and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm / The Thing.
Michael Chiklis advises how to relaunch Fantastic Four
In a recent interview with Screen Rant, Chiklis shared some advice for the next actor to play The Thing. Chiklis initially recommended CGI because, in his time, his look was achieved through devious makeup and costume.
“Use CGI if you can [risas]. The locker room was something else, but it was still a pretty amazing experience. You just have to understand that the actual tone and tenor of Fantastic Four is how we made it. It’s not meant to be dark and brooding. It will never be The Dark Knight. You don’t have to try to be. Don’t expect it to be. The Blue-Eyed Thing was from Brooklyn and a fan of the Dodgers. They were a sweet family and that’s how it should be. It wasn’t supposed to be something hard and dark and brooding. If you try to make it that way, you will fail.”
Further on, the author of the interview notes that “Chiklis suggests that the lighter tone of his Fantastic Four movies is the tone stories about these characters should have.”
Perhaps the comment has as a reference the third film that brought the heroes to the cinema. It’s about Fantastic Four from 2015 directed by Josh Trank, which eliminated much of the sense of humor for a more realistic and dramatic tone.
Starring Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Susan Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, and Jamie Bell as The Thing, the film failed critically and at the box office, canceling its sequel. As stated by Trank, the cut that was released suffered a lot of intervention from the studio.
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