Just yesterday, you read on Cosmic Book News about the coming of a new Fantastic Four movie from Fox Studios being directed by Josh Trank, slated for release in March 2015.
Fox has previously released two Fantastic Four movies, both of which have fallen short, in the eyes of critics and many comic book fans alike, to truly capture the wonder of the Lee-Kirby super-team.
7. Mole Man:
The first is still one of the best. He is what every movie writer loves, a sympathetic villain with a compelling back story. He is even heroic and noble in a sense, being protector of the Subterraneans. Imagine the cinematic effect of an alien society at the center of the Earth!
6. The Skrulls:
Another group of villains with great sfx possibilities: anything from a company or government takeover by the shape-changing aliens to a civil "Who do you trust?" scenario similar to the “Secret Invasion" event. Even though The Avengers featured the Ultimate version, those baddies didn't shape shift and looked different than the regular Marvel Universe version.
With or without his fellow invaders, you cannot go wrong with a mighty flying foe that can mimic the powers of the super-team he is combating. The modern-day Kl'rt also has a great personality as well as a hip hypnosis gimmick. Plus: He can change shapes for stealth action as well.
4. Namor the Sub-Mariner:
Not really so much a villain but a foe of the Fantastic Four nonetheless, Namor offers a lot of differing movie angles: the romantic/jealousy angle with Sue and Reed; the dramatic face off possibilities with the Thing; and with the Human Torch, water vs. fire! There would, if movie makers chose, also be the rich histories of Namor's undersea people and his WW II heroism to touch upon. However, who exactly holds the rights to the character? Fox Studios with their Fantastic Four and X-Men rights? Or Marvel Studios?
3. Molecule Man:
A villain who can control the very molecules of everything, the stuff of creation itself. Nuff said?
Annihilus, the king bug from the Negative Zone, was recently featured in the stellar Marvel Cosmic event known as Annihilation that help launch the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. In addition he's a long time Fantastic Four foe, also featured in the "death of" and "return of" Johnny Storm storyline that graced Jonathan Hickman's Fantastic Four run. He first appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #6 as well.
Perhaps even surpassing Doctor Doom in popularity as a Fantastic Four villain, is none other than the World Devourer himself, Galactus. With the cosmic powerhouse at his side, the herald of Galactus, the Silver Surfer, few have been able to withstand the hunger that is Galactus. And of the few, the Fantastic Four are a member. While true, we did see the Surfer featured in "Fantastic Four 2," we didn't get to see Galactus, so Josh Trank could give us a worthy enough reboot befitting of the god-like being. There was also the rumor that Marvel Studios attempted to trade away the rights to Daredevil for both the Surfer and Galactus, which never happened, so we could see the cosmic duo sooner rather than later.
(EIC Matt McGloin contributed to this article)