A legend has existed for years and years and years, one spoken of in jeering conversations and some might have thought of as urban myth. And this sounds very familar…
It is the Fantastic Four 1994 movie!
Based on the Marvel Comic series that changed everything, they basically took the idea of four people changed by radiation into beings of power, who then decide to become superheroic adventurers. And they fight their arch nemesis Dr Doom. Just like the other, more big budget Fantastic Four, movies.
The movie producers were about to lose their license for this property, so they quickly turned to quickie film maker Roger Corman. For an insane by Corman standards budget of a million dollars, Fantastic Four was filmed super fast. By Corman standards, this one is gold, by Hollywood standards, wow, just wow. By my standards, it is goofy fun, have actors who are trying very hard, has a great soundtrack, and some decent fight sequences. Kinda cool. But because of its cheap look, Marvel did not allow it to be released.
The Fantastic Four have been adapted before, into a radio show, several cartoon shows, and three big screen movies, all with varying levels of success. Some came before and most came after this infamous effort. So despite naysayers who claim the latest 2015 attempt at Fantastic Four movie has destroyed the franchise for years and years, and even though this film was never officially released, it does show that Marvel’s premiere family has many many legs to it.
So go check the Youtube to see this interesting and strange little piece of comics history!