Among the "secret" Marvel projects being developed by Fox is a Silver Surfer solo movie that Runaways and Y: The Last Man comic book creator Brian K. Vaughn is writing. A film starring the metalloid space traveler is something that no less than Stan "The Man" Lee has expressed a desire to see, with Lee referring to Silver Surfer as "the most philosophical" of all the comic book characters that he's worked on. Back in 2012, there were even rumors that Marvel Studios was trying to barter for the movie rights to the Surfer and his master Galactus, in exchange for the film rights to Daredevil.
Obviously, much has changed since then and Silver Surfer is on his way to rejoining his fellow Marvel superheroes on the big screen now, thanks to the impending Disney/Fox buyout. The project is part of Fox's ongoing efforts to rapidly expand its own Marvel cinematic universe, with films as varied as Josh Boone's horror-flavored New Mutants to the James Franco headlined Multiple Man now in development. If anything, the looming Disney/Fox deal seems to have spurred the latter to speed up their Marvel franchise building, not slow down.
THR has a big update on the situation at Fox, with their insider claiming the studio now has "way more in development and production in Marvel IP than at any point in the history of the studio." The studio even plans to release no less than three X-Men/Marvel films in both 2019 and 2020, following the release of the sequels Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix this year. Among the Fox Marvel movies that could arrive over the next two years is the Silver Surfer film, a project that is described as being standalone and "going 100 miles per hour" by an unidentified executive at the studio.
The Silver Surfer character was created by the legendary Jack Kirby in 1966 and first made the jump to live-action in 2007's sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, with Doug Jones (The Shape of Water) providing his physical presence and Laurence Fishburne his voice. Rise of the Silver Surfer hardly touched on the eponymous character's tragic backstory and how he became the servant to the planet-devouring Galactus, much to the chagrin of his fans. Ever since then, the Surfer has been a prime candidate to receive a reboot on the big screen.
Lee is far from the only one to argue that the Silver Surfer is a strong enough character to sustain a film on his own, and Fox clearly agrees with that sentiment. Vaughn's involvement with the project is all the more encouraging to hear, as are plans for the movie to be (at the least, mostly) standalone in its nature. Of course, as with all the other "secret" Marvel films that are being developed by Fox right now, it's anyone guess as to whether this project will actually make it to the finish line after the Disney/Fox deal is finalized.
We will keep you posted on the status of the Silver Surfer movie as more information becomes available.
- Deadpool 2 (2018) release date: May 18, 2018
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020