Will we ever see the Sentinel of the Spaceways on the big screen again?
I would have to say it's a good bet, especially if the Fantastic Four reboot is somewhat of a success.
While the 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer movie was less than stellar, which I thought was more due to the writing, I was pretty happy with Doug Jones' performance as the herald of Galactus. The movie actually wouldn't have turned out that bad if they hadn't used the Galactus cloud.
Last we heard about the Silver Surfer potentially appearing in a movie was the rumor that Marvel Studios wanted to trade the rights to Daredevil for Silver Surfer and Galactus. It's possible Marvel wanted to use the cosmic duo in their Infinity War movies against Thanos. Obviously that didn't happen, and Marvel so far has come out on top as the Netflix Daredevil show is considered a raging success.
So with Fox Studios keeping the rights to Silver Surfer and Galactus, now the Surfer's name has popped up in relation to a potential Fantastic Four sequel. Jamie Bell, who is playing Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, says he would like to see the Silver Surfer as the next villain.
"You can't get away from Silver Surfer," Bell told ComicBook.com. "I know chronologically speaking that was the next villain in the previous franchise but I think Silver Surfer is cool looking."
While the Fantastic Four movie has been getting some heat online, what I do appreciate about the film is that it's a more serious take on science-fiction than the previous campy movies -- and even Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy. A really hard core serious approach with the Surfer would be out of this world.
Now a second potential villain named for the Fantastic Four sequel will be a little more difficult to use than the Silver Surfer. In the same interview, Michael B. Jordan, who plays Johnny Storm, aka Human Torch, recommends Namor.
"Namor is a cool one," Jordan said. "By far, he's the strongest mutant. You know what I'm saying? Maybe not by far, but he's the strongest mutant. It would be a pretty interesting battle, the Fantastic Four vs. Namor."
The issue with Namor is that Fox Studios doesn't own the rights to the character. Actually, both Universal Studios and Marvel Studios have their hands tied to the character, so unless both studios would agree to lend Fox Namor (which wouldn't be unheard of as Sony and Marvel have come to a mutual deal for Spider-Man), The Sub-Mariner would be out of the question.
As Jordan notes, Namor has a history with the Fantastic Four, which would be pretty cool on the big screen if we did see the FF taking on Atlantis.
"The classic one where he's running rampant and the only way he'll stop is if he gets a kiss from Sue right in front of Reed. It's awesome. I think that would make for a good movie and storyline."
"Fantastic Four" has an August 7, 2015 release directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Josh Trank; produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar and Gregory Goodman; starring: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell.
FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.