Disney + removes two Pre-MCU Marvel movies

Two classic Fox Marvel movies are no longer available to stream on Disney +, and the reason is not entirely clear.

Disney + subscribers who want to see either 2005’s Fantastic Four or 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer will have to look elsewhere as the two movies have apparently been removed from the platform.

At this point, it’s not entirely clear why the two films left Disney + on December 1st. Josh Tranks denounced Fantastic Four reboot is still available on the platform along with the two animated series based on Marvel’s First Family. However, streaming rights issues can be complicated, so it’s possible Fantastic four and Rise of the Silver Surfer will eventually end up back on Disney +. Both removed films are also still available to stream on Peacock.


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Directed by Tim Story, 2005’s Fantastic four was the first live-action movie based on the titular superheroes to receive an official release. The film starred Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards / Mister Fantastic, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm / Invisible Woman, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm / Human Torch, Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm / Thing and Julian McMahon as Victor Von Doom. Fantastic four proved to be a moderate success at the box office and earned $ 333.5 million against a budget of between $ 87.5 and $ 100 million. But the film did not do well with the critics, and its score on Rotten Tomatoes is currently at 27 percent.

In 2007, Story returned to the helm Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. The film performed slightly worse than its predecessor commercially, grossing $ 301.9 million against a budget of $ 120 to $ 130 million. Rise of the Silver Surfer however, performed marginally better with critics, and its rating currently stands at 37 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Plans for a successor to Rise of the Silver Surfer eventually fell through, leading to Tranks reboot in 2015.

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Fantastic four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer were both distributed by 20th Century Fox and come from an era when Disney and Marvel Studios did not own the rights to the characters. But in 2019, Disney bought 21st Century Fox, giving Marvel Studios the rights to Fantastic Four. Shortly after, Marvel Studios announced the work on a Marvel Cinematic Universe Fantastic Four movie, which Spider Man trilogy director Jon Watts will direct. There is no casting information for that movie at this time.

The Fantastic Four was created by comic book legend Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in a self-titled series from 1961. The team has had a number of different members over the years. However, the central Fantastic Four have generally consisted of Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and Thing. At the beginning of their adventure, the four gain their powers after being exposed to cosmic rays during a mission into outer space.

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Source: Disney +

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