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Marvel Rebooting Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-Men, and Daredevil Comic Book Origins!

Updated on February 15, 2012

Who says comic book movies are the only things that get rebooted? While DC Comics ponders over their next Batman movie reboot, and with the success of their rebooted 52 Comics, Marvel Comics is now at work rebooting the origins for the Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Spider-Man, and Daredevil comics.

This reboot is more of a revision to the classic origins of these popular Marvel characters, and meant to bring a more contemporary vibe. Dubbed "Season One" the modern revisions will start with the Fantastic Four comic book coming out this week.

Believing that the classic origin tales from the 60s are outdated and irrelevant to the expectations of younger, modern comic book readers, editor of the Fantastic Four line of books, Tom Breevort, says, "The aim is definitely to continue to keep these characters relevant in an ever-changing world, but also to tell a new story set within this time frame, not merely recount or retell comics that other people have previously done."

One such modern touch is that everyone in "Season One" has cell phones, which makes sense in the world we live in today. Breevort claims that they try to keep the spirit of the seminal stories these classic tales are built upon.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says that Fantastic Four: Season One isn't necessarily a reboot of the classic origin tale, but more like a refresh.

"The world's changed over the last 50 years," Sacasa says. "How we tell comic stories, how we absorb them, so let's update a great concept by setting it in the present. By giving it a contemporary sensibility."

To further the reasoning for this move, artist David Marquez explains, "The storytelling techniques we use as creators and the expectations of readers have changed since the FF's origins were first told. And because of this, it can be hard for people who didn't grow up accustomed to the Silver Age style to find these stories as exciting and inspiring as those of us who did."

It's really nothing new. Ultimate Spider-Man was, in a sense, a Spidey reboot on the classic origin by Stan Lee and Ditko. Also, it seems DC Comic fans are loving the new 52 revamp on the DC Universe.

My Thoughts On This!

Revision, revamp, a refresh, or whatever little term you like to call it, it's still a reboot. What do I think about rebooting the origins of these classic characters? I can only ask, "Why?"

I grew up reading and collecting comics in the mid 80s, and though technology was quite different between the 60s and 80s, I didn't feel alienated because the earlier origin's didn't mention "Apple" or "IBM" computers in them.

Actually, I got interested in all the 60s origins to the characters I loved to read. I started seeking them out and reading them. I didn't think about how irrelevant they were to my times. It's called use your imagination, folks.

It's like watching a period film. You don't see Coppola trying to reboot the Godfather movies because they don't have friggin' cell phones in them. Personally, I like the origins just the way they are, and "refreshing" them so they have a modern spin is just bastardizing them.

If the youngin' readers can't use their imaginations and transport themselves to an earlier time, then let them stick to downloading modern age comics on the internet and reading these "newer" stories on their cell phones.

Reboots get tiring and boring after a while. DC and Marvel are already rebooting movies - Spider-Man, Super-Man, and Batman, which will probably get rebooted again, no doubt. Comics have been getting rebooted with all these different universes, Ultimate Universe, M2 Universe, Marvel Knights, and blah, blah, blah.

It's one of the reasons why I can't stand most modern age comics and stopped reading most of them - all the damn gimmicks. This is exactly what I think these origin reboots are - more gimmicks.


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    • rabbit75 profile image

      rabbit75 6 years ago

      I just read Justice League #4, and I wasn't very impressed with it. It wasn't great, it wasn't was just blah to me. I've been getting into Silver Age DC Comics myself as well. Usually, I buy Marvel silver and bronze age keys.

      I think updating the origins for the FF, Daredevil, X-Men, and Spider-Man comics is a tad useless and hoakey, but, oh well, they want to appeal to a more "modern" readership. lol.

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      Jayfort 6 years ago

      Not all DC fans love the DCNu Relaunch. I've dropped everything except Showcase Presents volumes from DC and have begun buying from Dynamite Comics instead. My local comic shoppe guy isn't losing too much of my money as I'm buying Silver Age DC comics.

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      rabbit75 6 years ago

      It's in the comic books in which Marvel is revamping or rebooting the origins to these characters to give them a more modern feel so they're more "relevant" to today's comic readers. I'm sure, though, they will reboot the movies as well.

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      gabrielthomas72 6 years ago from Shrewsbury, England

      Nobody, fan boy or armchair geek is ever going to agree with what they see on the screen. There is going to be good and bad. we are fortunate to have Directors like Joss Whedon and Sam Rami who are comic book fans. But as we saw with Spidey 3 money will always out!

      And this is what we are seeing with the reboots, Superheroes = $.

      It would be far more satisfying to see some fringe characters like Sub Mariner, Dead Pool or Ant Man getting a show. I know there are many scripts out there, but only the big names will get the screen time.