It is time to head to the cosmos once more, because legendary comic book creator Stan Lee has shared his thoughts on a "galactic" idea for a superhero movie that may never come to pass. Known as the co-creator of the likes of Spider-Man, Captain America, and Thor, Lee also had a hand in creating some of the lesser-known heroes and villains who are finding themselves a place on the superhero cinematic slate. Next year will bring Black Panther to our screens for his first solo film, but Lee also revealed who else he would love to have their time to shine — a certain Silver Surfer.
When discussing the upcoming Extraordinary: Stan Lee event, SyFy Wire spoke to the grandfather of comic books about his many Marvel-lous creations and where the current boom of superhero movies is going. He also revealed that he would love to see more of the Silver Surfer if he were the man holding the purse strings:
“He’s the one I want to see more. He’s the most philosophical of all the characters I’ve ever worked on. And I have an idea for my cameo in that one!”
First created in 1966 by Lee co-collaborator Jack Kirby, the Silver Surfer was young astronomer Norrin Radd from the planet Zenn-La. Able to travel the galaxy thanks to his metallic skin, Radd became an antihero of sorts by helping the villainous Galactus find worlds to consume. It was when meeting the Fantastic Four that the Silver Surfer managed to regain some of his humanity and try to sever his ties with an unwilling path to darkness. Lee was originally skeptical of joining the character with the Fantastic Four, but it has since become a decision he that hasn't lived to regret — well, unless you count live-action movies.
Given the lackluster response to the Silver Surfer-centric Fantastic Four sequel from 2007, the idea of a SS solo film may not be at the top of everyone's list. However, while the Fantastic Four may be relegated to the depths of development hell — thanks Josh Trank — the Silver Surfer could be a way to move the franchise forward at Fox. There were rumors that Radd was originally supposed to grab his surfboard and hop back over to Marvel in 2012 in a Daredevil swapsie, but nothing seemed to come out of this. Alongside the gluttonous Galactus, the Silver Surfer is still zooming around somewhere in the dark abyss of Fox's undeveloped characters that it refuses to let go of.
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As for that well-thought-out cameo, Lee remained tight lipped on what he imagined the plot would be for another Silver Surfer movie. Lee is known for his blink-and-you'll miss it cameos in movies about Marvel characters, but this year's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming saw an expanded role for the 94-year-old. Who knows, maybe he could have an actual part in a Silver Surfer movie if it ever came to be.
Sadly, the Silver Surfer's best chance of zooming onto our screens may be behind him. Playing a huge part in the "Infinity Gauntlet" saga from the comic books, the Silver Surfer's absence will surely be felt in the MCU when the Russo brothers bring #InfintyWar to our screens next year. Perhaps if Fox and Disney had brokered a deal when they were supposed to, we could've seen them share the Silver Surfer a'la Sony/Disney with Spider-Man.
Laurence Fishburne voiced the character back in The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but literally anyone could take on the role for another outing. With Sony developing its own villainverse with the likes of Venom and Silver and Black, perhaps it is time for Fox to jump on the metal bandwagon to give our chrome crusader another chance. However, for the time being, consider the character dented but still a precious metal — nothing can take the shine off the Silver Surfer.
(Source: SyFy Wire)