The four core individuals traditionally associated with the Fantastic Four, who gained superpowers after exposure to cosmic rays during a scientific mission to outer space, are: Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards), a scientific genius and the leader of the group, who can stretch his body into incredible lengths and shapes; the Invisible Woman (Susan "Sue" Storm), Reed's wife, who can render herself and others invisible and project powerful force fields; the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), Sue's younger brother, who can generate flames, surround himself with them and fly; and the monstrous Thing (Ben Grimm), their grumpy but benevolent friend, who possesses superhuman strength and endurance due to the nature of his stone-like flesh.
Fantastic Four (2015)
Director: Josh Trank
Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell
When four people teleport to an alternate universe, which alters their physical form and grants them new abilities, they must learn to harness their abilities and work together as a team to save the Earth from a familiar enemy.
Miles Teller as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic: After school, Richards has been exploring the universe in his garage. After being transformed by one of his experiments, he gained the ability to stretch his body into different forms and lengths.
Kate Mara as Susan Storm / Invisible Woman: Brilliant, independent and sarcastic, Storm has the ability to become invisible and generate force-fields.
Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm / Human Torch: A troublemaker and thrill-seeker, Storm has the ability to shoot fireballs and fly.
Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm / The Thing: Warm, sensitive, a loyal and protective friend, Grimm's stone body gives him super-strength and makes him "indestructible". Toby Kebbell as Victor Domashev / Doom: An anti-social programmer known as "Doom" online.
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Director: Tim Story
Cast: Andre Braugher, Chris Evans, Gonzalo Menendez, Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Chiklis
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 American superhero film, and sequel to the 2005 film Fantastic Four. Both films are based on the Fantastic Four comic book. The film was directed by Tim Story, who also directed the first film in the series, Fantastic Four. Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm-Richards, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm are the film series' recurring protagonists, while Julian McMahon and Kerry Washington reprised their roles from the first film as, respectively, Victor von Doom and Alicia Masters. Doug Jones and Beau Garrett appear in the sequel as the Silver Surfer and Frankie Raye, respectively, along with Laurence Fishburne as the voice of the Silver Surfer.
Fantastic Four (2005)
Director: Tim Story
Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Julian McMahon, Kerry Washington
When brilliant but naive scientist Reed Richards allies with his cocky classmate Dr. Victor Von Doom in order to perform an experiment in space involving clouds of cosmic energy, he exposes himself and the crew - his friend and pilot Ben Grimm, Reed's girlfriend Susan Storm, her brother Johnny and Von Doom - to the cloud's bizarre energy.
Invisible Woman (Susan Storm)
Reed Richards' girlfriend (and eventual wife) has the ability to bend and manipulate light to render herself and others invisible. She later develops the ability to generate force fields, which she uses for a variety of defensive and offensive effects.
Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards)
A scientific genius, can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions. Mr. Fantastic serves as the father figure of the group, and is "appropriately pragmatic, authoritative, and dull". Richards blames himself for the failed space mission, particularly because of how the event transformed pilot Ben Grimm.
The Human Torch (Johnny Storm)
Sue Storm's younger brother, possesses the ability to control fire, allowing him to project fire from his body, as well as the power to fly. This character was loosely based on a Human Torch character published by Marvel's predecessor Timely Comics in the 1940s, an android that could ignite itself. Lee said that when he conceptualized the character, "I thought it was a shame that we didn't have The Human Torch anymore, and this was a good chance to bring him back". Unlike the teen sidekicks that preceded him, the Human Torch in the early stories was "a typical adolescent – brash, rebellious, and affectionately obnoxious".
The Thing (Ben Grimm)
Reed Richards' college roommate and best friend, has been transformed into a monstrous, craggy humanoid with orange, rock-like skin and super-strength. The Thing is often filled with anger, self-loathing and self-pity over his new existence. He serves as "an uncle figure, a longterm friend of the family with a gruff Brooklyn manner, short temper, and caustic sense of humor". In the original synopsis Lee gave to Kirby, The Thing was intended as "the heavy", but over the years the character has become "the most lovable group member: honest, direct and free of pretension".
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