The Fantastic Four Once Defeated Magneto With A Wooden Gun

Supervillain Magneto faced his most humiliating defeat when the Fantastic Four tricked him with a wooden gun. The Fantastic Four are a superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who made their comic debut in 1961. Despite the popularity of the group - which consists of Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing - they've famously been unlucky with cinematic adaptations. The first attempt was the 1994 Fantastic Four movie, which was an attempt by the producer to hold on to the rights by making a low-budget adaptation. While the movie was completed it was subsequently purchased by Marvel and has never been officially released.

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The second try was 2005's Fantastic Four, which notably featured future Captain America star Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, AKA the Human Torch. This version was made during an era where comic book adaptations were hit and miss, and the movie went more for goofy comedy than thrills. It was followed by the even more disappointing Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, where the group faced supervillain Galactus - or at least a giant cloud called Galactus - with the aid of the Silver Surfer. Finally, 2015's Fantastic Four reboot suffered through a famously tortured production, resulting in a messy blockbuster that failed to launch a franchise.

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The group have also been the focus of several animated shows, with the most recent being the short-lived Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes series from 2006. Another show was 1978's The New Fantastic Four, which replaced the Human Torch with a robot called H.E.R.B.I.E., as the rights to use Johnny Storm were tied up in a proposed TV pilot that was never shot. The show lasted thirteen episodes in total, with the second episode "The Menace of Magneto" featuring the master of magnetism being defeated with the aid of a wooden gun.

The ending of The New Fantastic Four's "The Menace Of Magneto" episode finds Mister Fantastic Reed Richards confronting Magneto with a gun. Magneto feels smug in declaring victory as there's no way Richards' gun could defeat his magnetic powers - until he tries to take the weapon and finds his powers aren't working. With that realization, he folds like origami and begs Richards not to hurt him. The police arrive to arrest Magneto, who demands to know how he was stripped of his powers, with Mister Fantastic revealing the gun was actually made of wood. A humiliated Magneto is then taken away - seemingly not realizing he still has his powers and could easily escape.

This scene from The New Fantastic Four is pretty bizarre and doesn't hold up under any kind of logic, but it is funny watching Magneto crumble after being tricked by a wooden gun. The Fantastic Four and Magneto have yet to meet in a film, though this was once a possibility. Fox considered a huge crossover event movie in 2010 that would have pitted the X-Men against the Fantastic Four; the studio ultimately decided to focus on X-Men: Days Of Future Past instead. It's unknown if Magneto would have even featured in the movie, though if he had, maybe Mister Fantastic could have tried the old wooden gun trick again.

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