Most contemporary Marvel superhero movie has had little difficulty dominating the box office numbers and collecting critical acclaim, with the now infamous exception of the Fantastic Four reboot. Touted as the worst reviewed superhero movie of all-time, the film sports a mere 8% review rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a dismal 5% from its “Top Critics”, both of which are sadly down a percentage point from a few weeks ago.

The drama surrounding the Fantastic Four reboot production kept fans from enjoying the original vision for the film from director Josh Trank. However, an artist associated with the film has posted some stunning pre-production (and pre-drama) artwork on Facebook that boasts a very different look at the designs for Planet Zero and Doctor Doom’s Castle. It’s yet another piece in the puzzle to a film that had so much potential.

Artist Steve Jung, who has notably provided concept art for both The Wolverine and The Avengers, posted the pre-production artwork to his personal Facebook page, along with these comments:

“Might as well show some work from this movie called Fantastic Four lol. I was on this one early on before all the drama happened… none of my work made it to the movie (kinda glad) since it got changed many times after I left the project. Exploration of the Planet Zero and Victor’s castle ideations.”

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A good portion of the Fantastic Four centers around the fictional Planet Zero, from the gaining of the team’s super powers to the establishment of Victor Von Doom as the villainous Doctor Doom. Doom, who initially arrives on the planet as team leader, remains stranded there and becomes twisted and bent on a plan to destroy earth by sucking it into the desolate Planet Zero.

The artwork that Jung posted provides us with a far more detailed and enigmatic planet that looks less like a bad science fiction film set (which is what the movie sported) and more on-par with the quality and depth that we have come to expect from a Marvel movie. In the exhibited artwork the entire color palette of the planet has changed, along with the space suit designs and the various moons or planets that can be seen towering in the sky above Doctor Doom’s castle.

Jung also commented on the terrain of the planet:

“…the texture of the terrain is cigarette buds from a picture of the director’s ashtray”

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The Fantastic Four film that hit theaters suffered from an intense amount of studio intervention, keeping fans from seeing what has become known as the the “unaltered Trank version” that the director initially wanted to bring to life. Behind the scenes footage of the Fantasticar, the team’s fictional flying car, and now this artwork has begun to paint a better picture of what the fans have missed out on. The reports from the set, however, painted a picture of a director that was unprofessional and erratic and a studio that was forced to step in and handle the production of the film like a stern parent.

Normally, when a film tanks like the Fantastic Four we would just cease to discuss it, but all of the reports of dramatics on the set and the reported wars between the director and the studio have kept this lackluster film on the tips of our collective tongues.  Perhaps one day Marvel fans will get the Fantastic Four movie that we deserve.

Fantastic Four is now in theaters, Deadpool will open on February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 (for the time being) on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants is also in development.

Source: Steve Jung

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