Once upon a time, long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel loaned out their properties to various companies to adapt into movies. One of those properties was the Fantastic Four, and its license was bought by 20th Century Fox. And so began one of the most abusive relationships in all of film. Despite now knowing what to do with the Fantastic Four, Fox refuses to let go of the rights, which is why on more than one occasion, they've made a new Fantastic Four movie for no other reason than to keep the rights.
In 2015, the worst one yet was released. Instead of a mostly lighthearted story about the first family of comics, it was an overly dark and gritty tale reminiscent of Man of Steel. Everything you loved from the comic was given a good dose of angst, sometimes even to absurd degrees. After all, if a superhero movie is upbeat in any way, that automatically makes it kiddy, and this is for adults. At points, it's almost as if it's ashamed to be a superhero movie.
The worst part about all this? Fox thought this was going to be a franchise. That's right. After purposefully making it not resemble the comic, and injecting the story with unnecessary edginess, resulting in a train wreck so bad not even general audiences liked it, Fox really expected sequels to just naturally follow.
Legend has it that the great Martin Goodman was playing golf with either Jack Liebowitz or Irwin Donenfeld from Marvel's sinister rival, DC Comics. According to legend, the top executive bragged about DC's success with the Justice League of America. And so, Goodman directed his editor, Stan Frickin' Lee, to create a new comic book series about a superhero team. Lee had served as co-editor and chief of Marvel and its predecessor companies for two glorious decades, and had fount the comic book medium creatively restricted. Determined to have a career for himself outside of comics, Lee decided that, just this once, he would do the type of story he would enjoy reading, with the kind of characters he could relate to. And so, Lee created a synopsis for the first Fantastic Four story to give to Jack Kirby, who then drew the entire story. And so, in the same creative burst, Lee and Kirby found a revolutionary new method of creating comics, and also gave life to the first family of comics!
...Or was it Jack Kirby who came up with the idea, and Stan Lee wrote the dialogue? We may never know the real truth.