Silver Surfer: Your moment has arrived!
It’s not really that much of a surprise to me that it’s taken this long for Marvel’s greatest character ever, The Silver Surfer, to finally make his appearance on the big screen. Lets face it, he’s not the most well known comic book super-hero around, but, even more than that two things really need to happen first: CGI effects needed to reach a point where they could seamlessly blend a character made of shiny metal skin with real (human) actors without it looking lame. And the basis for which his character is introduced to the Marvel Universe needed to be established.
The arrangement worked pretty well, until The Surfer came across the planet Earth.Now, for those of you who’ve been too busy having lives, and what not, to keep up with all things comic book related for the last 40 years or so, let me bring you up to speed: The Surfer first appeared as a villain, of sorts, in a Fantastic Four issue back in 1966. He was, at the time, working for the giant, appropriately named, galactic being: Galactus. Neither good nor evil, Galactus remains alive by devouring planets and when he’d happened upon a planet named Zen-La one of it’s residence, Norin Radd, offered himself as a ‘herald’ in return for the salvation of his home world.
Galactus reached into Radd’s mind and used a childhood fantasy as the basis for turning Radd into The Silver Surfer. From that point the Surfer used the powers cosmic, granted to him by Galactus, to seek out (uninhabited) planets for the big G to devour. The arrangement worked pretty well until The Surfer came across the planet Earth. When Galactus arrived to devour the planet he met with resistance from The Fantastic Four.. the rest I’ll let you work out for yourself!
Why am I telling you all this? Well, isn’t it obvious? The two ‘conditions’ that I outlined earlier have now been met: CGI has proven over the last few years (Fantastic Four, King Kong, Lord of the Rings, The Hulk, Spiderman) that digital characters can hold the screen along side real people… More importantly, the ‘portal’, through which the world can be introduced to The Surfer, was established by the first Fantastic Four movie! But if you don’t take my word for it.. Will Jessica Alba’s do?
We start Fantastic Four 2 in August. The four of us learn that there are other people out there with superpowers, and the Silver Surfer appears as a villain/hero. And another villain comes in as well. [link]
While I can’t say that I hold the first FF film in too high a regard (it was a fun, no brainer, I’ll admit) the news that The Silver Surfer will make his big screen debut pretty much has me at the ticket booth already.