by Ryan Rigley
Last week, there were some pretty huge rumors being tossed around the Internet about a deal between Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox. Marvel would give Fox more time to make their "Daredevil" reboot if Fox handed over the rights to both Galactus and The Silver Surfer. However, these rumors were effectively debunked within a matter of hours. After all, why would Fox give away the rights to two pivotal Fantastic Four characters when Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" reboot is such a high priority for them right now?
The Devourer of Worlds, Galactus, and his shiny herald, The Silver Surfer, have already been featured quite prominently in 2007's "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer." While the film's portrayal of The Silver Surfer was practically spot on, the appearance of Galactus was drastically changed from its comic book origins. Did it work? Come on, you know the answer. Keep reading for our take on the "live-action" Galactus.
What Worked: In the comic books, Galactus imbues upon The Silver Surfer a small portion of the Power Cosmic in exchange for the safety of The Surfer's home planet. The movie version of The Silver Surfer explains this exact story to Sue Storm, detailing how he is forced to travel from world to world in search of different life forces for his master to consume. While there may have been some problems with the way Galactus is portrayed in the film, the technical relationship between The Devourer of Worlds and his herald was exactly as it should be.
What Needed Work: Galactus is not and should not ever be a cloud. It just doesn't make any sense. I understand why they chose to make him a cloud; a giant man wearing a purple helmet might seem a little ridiculous up on the big screen. But if Galactus is a cloud, then how does he give The Silver Surfer his powers? How does The Silver Surfer know what Galactus wants from him? There's no way for them to communicate! Plus, I find it a little hard to believe that a cloud is capable of promising to leave The Silver Surfer's planet alone. Since when can clouds make deals? Also, while we're on the subject of what needed work, how is it that The Silver Surfer was so easily able to defeat Galactus if Galactus is supposed to be one of the strongest forces in the universe? If Galactus is the one that gave The Silver Surfer his powers in the first place, wouldn't that make Galactus infinitely more powerful than The Silver Surfer?
What Was New & Interesting: Turning The Silver Surfer's board into a veritable beacon for Galactus is an interesting idea. Being as the Galactus in this film is basically a force of nature, it would make sense that it's drawn to a certain object of power and not of its own free will. After all, clouds don't have free will. However, making the board such a powerful and important object belittles The Silver Surfer's role as herald. The Galactus in this film doesn't listen or even care about what The Silver Surfer has to say; it just goes where ever the board leads it.
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