Fantastic Four (2005)

By the time Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original super team earned a modern reboot, screens were already filled with adaptations of Spider-Man, X-Men, Blade, Daredevil, and Hulk. None of these franchises still exist in the same way today with Spider-Man getting a reboot (or maybe two), Blade rounding out a trilogy then dying out, Daredevil spinning off into Elektra and an upcoming…

X2: X-Men United (2003)

This second installment in the X-Men film franchise accomplishes what a second installment should. For a moment, let’s consider X-Men as a trial run, a toe-in-the-water effort by Fox to test their formula and gauge the profitabilty of their newly acquired franchise. Bear with this oversimplification and we understand the tepid efforts of that first…