Happy Superhero Monday! Today we are looking at the 2015 movie, Fantastic Four where we are reintroduced to the characters’ backstories. Reed is a misunderstood young scientist with a deep passion to finish building his teleportation machine. Ben is his sidekick best friend who, though not as brainy, has a huge heart. Sue is an adopted child of Dr. Storm, who enlists Reed to help his team complete their teleportation machine (which is a larger, more expensive version of Reed’s invention). And Jonny Storm, is Dr. Storm’s rebellious, fast-driving son who wants nothing to do with his father’s work, but gets corned into helping in order to earn his car ownership privileges back after getting into trouble for drag racing.
But there is a fifth scientist that is part of the fantastic group, his name is Victor. Victor is disgruntled that his teleportation creation hasn’t worked. He sees Reed as competition, especially for the heart of Sue. And the desires in his heart cause him to lead Reed, Ben, and Johnny to test human teleportation on themselves first in the hopes of fame and glory. They are successful, but something goes horribly wrong…
Victor gets sucked into the primordial goop and left behind by the other three. But Reed, Johnny, and Ben don’t escape untouched. The new dimension snags a bit of each of them too, and even Sue who helps them get back, leaving them with strange abilities.
My spidey-senses began to tickle as I watched this happen. I had to refrain from screaming out, “Garden of Eden,” because the Hubby would not appreciate my ruining another movie for him by predicting the ending.
Here’s how Fantastic Four 2015 is a symbolic Garden of Eden story (my theory…oh, and I suppose I should say Spoiler Alert right about now):
In the Garden story, Adam and Eve are tempted by the serpent (Satan) to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A tree they were specifically told not to eat from, though they could eat as much from all the other trees as they like. However, Satan lures them into thinking that eating from this tree will make them God-like. They were deceived and, rather than becoming God-like, they became mortal. Meaning, they would face aging, death, struggles to provide food for themselves, struggles with relating with their Creator, etc.
Victor, while not a direct serpent figure, is more or less symbolic of fallen man who acts from the desires of one’s own heart rather than seeking the will of God, the Father (represented to some degree in Dr. Storm). He lures the others to follow him to another dimension by partaking in the spherical (apple-esk?) teleporter. However, what they find in this other dimension is not what they thought. They thought they would be like the first men to land on the moon, rather they nearly lose their lives and wake-up as Frankenstein’s. They were deceived, and that deception led to a “fall.”
Three of the four (Reed escapes) are trained to become tools of the government. Ben is used almost immediately as his power is size and brute strength; he can’t transform like the others. Meanwhile Reed is out on a mission to discover how to correct whatever went wrong so he can save his friends. Sue is determined not to be used and to find a cure, while Johnny is psyched to get started in service to his country.
These four represent the four elements (fire, water, earth, air), which can also be symbolic of man. Some say that the four elements, which represent man, come together to form the Star of David. When they unite, they become a symbolic Philosopher’s Stone which overcomes death. The Philosopher’s stone is also a symbol of Christ, who became man (four elements) and overcome death, so that all who trust in him have new life (eternal life). Essentially, in trusting in Him we are imbued with the “Philosopher’s Stone.”
When Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny reunite, they defeat Victor who is now Doom. In my opinion, Victor’s name changes to Doom in a symbolic representation of how mankind was born into victory, which became doom when we brought evil into the world. However, doom was defeated when God became man (four elements) and defeated death (the power of Satan).
There you have it, my take on Fantastic Four 2015 as a retelling of the Garden story and of the Christ story. Looking forward to the next installment!