The first fully-released film adaptation of one of the most enduring comic book superhero teams was released on this day in history.
Fantastic Four was released in theaters on July 8th, 2005. The feature film was written by Michael France and Mark Frost, directed by Tim Story. It’s based off the original Marvel Comics title by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Fantastic Four stars Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd and Michael Chicklis.
The film tells the origin of how the four get their superheroes thanks to an interstellar event. Mister Fantastic can become elastic and stretch, The Invisible Woman can become unseen, The Human Torch can fly and manipulate fire, and The Thing has super strength at the price of an unusual rock-like appearance. Together, they try to deal with life having these new powers as a new–but also familiar–threat rises against them.
The film was a success at the box office, making over $330 million. A sequel would be released two years later.
A new Fantastic Four, with a new storyline, cast, and crew released last year, but was considered a flop.