—by Nathan on May 17, 2009—
During the past 50 years, many people have enjoyed reading the well-known Marvel Comics and their heroes, such as the Amazing Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Invincible Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four. But it's only been recently that Marvel has embraced the movie screens and an audience of all ages. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Marvel, in association with other movie companies, has put out multiple flicks that twist the origins, villains, and characters of everyone's favorite costumed super-heroes, such as Iron Man and the Fantastic Four:
Iron Man: Famous millionaire/weapons manufacturer/playboy Tony Stark has it all: A giant mansion, sleek cars, and a lot of money. Wowie. Life is good. But, during a weapons test in Afghanistan, Tony is pierced by the shrapnel of an exploding rocket. He is captured by a group called The Ten Rings. Their leader wants Tony to build a super missile that will destroy American forces. But Tony has other problems: He's dying. His life is saved by a scientist named Yinsen by creating a magnet. This magnet will pull the shrapnel in his body, stopping it from reaching and penetrating his heart. They then design a way to escape: A giant suit of armor. The suit is built, and Tony escapes...without his new friend. Yinsen dies trying to distract Ten Ring soldiers from stopping the powering-up process of the suit. Back home, Tony builds a better suit, attacks the Ten Rings, faces the menace of a friend trying to kill him, and has to think of some way to make sure nobody connects him to Iron Man. I mean, only two people in the world know that Shellhead is Stark: His friend James "Rhodey" Rhodes, and his assistant, and most trusted confident, Pepper Potts. Why let the rest of the universe know? But that's all in the day of the life of Iron Man, the super hero that's built, not born.
Fantastic Four: A freak accident in space causes Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Benjamin Grimm, and Johnathon Storm to transform into the oddest assemblage of heroes ever. Aboard the space station of business mogul Victor Von Doom, the foursome are blasted by cosmic rays that give them super-human powers. Mr. Fantastic (Reed) stretches his body. The Invisible Woman (Susan) can make herself and others invisible and create forcefields. The Thing (Benjamin) is a rock-hided monster who is nearly invulnerable and super strong. And the Human Torch (Johnathan) can burst into flame and fly. Together they become the Fantastic Four. Surprisingly, these heroes don't wear masks, but show their faces in public and earn lasting fame. But someone's jealous, someone who wants to kill the FF, someone who can only spell one, four-lettered word that strikes terror into the hearts of the mundane: DOOM!
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: The FF are back in order to stop an alien from devouring our planet for lunch! When an entity nicknamed the Silver Surfer shows up, the Fantastic Four are put into action to stop him. The Human Torch goes after the Surfer and is accidentally given the ability to switch powers with any teammate he touches. This makes him highly dangerous, and he causes the FF to fail catching the Surfer in the next meeting. That's when an old face appears, claiming he wants to help stop the Surfer and the World-Eater (Called Galactus). But does he? Or is this friendly attitude merely part of a bigger part in getting power and eliminating the Fantastic Four?