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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Theatrical poster
Directed by Tim Story
Produced by Avi Arad
Bernd Eichinger
Ralph Winter
Written by Don Payne
Mark Frost
John Turman (Story)
Mark Frost (Story)
Stan Lee (Characters)
Jack Kirby (Characters)
Starring Ioan Gruffudd
Jessica Alba
Michael Chiklis
Chris Evans
Doug Jones
Julian McMahon
Kerry Washington
Laurence Fishburne
Music by John Ottman
Cinematography Larry Blanford
Editing by William Hoy
Peter S. Elliot
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) June 15, 2007 (2007-06-15)
(United States)
August 14, 2007 (2007-08-14)
Running time 89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $130 million[1]
Gross revenue $289,047,763
Preceded by Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 American superhero film, and sequel to the 2005 film Fantastic Four. Both films are based on the Fantastic Four comic book and were directed by Tim Story. Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm-Richards, Chris Evans as Johnny Storm, and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm are the film series' recurring protagonists, while Julian McMahon and Kerry Washington reprised their roles from the first film as, respectively, Victor von Doom and Alicia Masters. Doug Jones and Beau Garrett appear in the sequel as the Silver Surfer and Frankie Raye, respectively, along with Laurence Fishburne as the voice of the Silver Surfer. The plot follows the Fantastic Four as they confront, and later ally with, the Silver Surfer to save the planet Earth from Galactus.

While the film was the highest-grossing film during the week that immediately followed its release on June 15, 2007 in North America and was the recipient of two out of fifteen awards nominations, it was not well received by critics. The film was released onto high-def Blu-ray Disc and DVD on October 2, 2007.



Set two years after the first film, Reed Richards and Sue Storm are preparing for their wedding. A silver object enters Earth's atmosphere, radiating cosmic energy that creates massive molecular fluctuations and causes deep craters at locations across the Earth. The government approaches Reed to build a sensor to track the movements of the object.

As the wedding begins (humorously, Stan Lee is seen attempting to enter the wedding), Reed's systems detect the phenomenon approaching New York City, causing a massive power blackout. The object destroys the sensors while the Fantastic Four protect the crowd. The Human Torch pursues the object, discovering that it is a humanoid, a "Silver Surfer." He confronts the Surfer, who drags Johnny into the upper atmosphere where the lack of oxygen and low air pressure snuffs his flame out, then drops him back toward Earth. Johnny manages to reactivate his powers and survives the fall. Later, when Sue tries to comfort Johnny, she touches his shoulders and their powers switch - he becomes invisible, and she is set on fire; when they touch again their powers revert back, however Sue starts back out naked. Reed's examination of Johnny reveals that exposure to the Surfer has set Johnny's molecular structure in flux, allowing him to switch powers with his teammates through physical contact. Tracing the cosmic energy of the Surfer, Reed discovers that a series of planets the alien had visited before Earth have all been destroyed.

The Surfer has been creating a number of deep artificial craters around the globe. Reed determines that the next crater will appear in London, and the team travel there. They are just in time to avert the destruction of the London Eye by the effects of the Surfer's passing, and save its passengers, although the rescue is jeopardized when Johnny accidentally touches Reed and switches powers with him. The Surfer departs, and the Thames drains into the crater. Afterwards, both Reed and Sue contemplate abandoning their chaotic and heavily scrutinized lives as superheroes in order to provide a normal life to raise a family.

The Surfer's movements around the globe bring him past Latveria, where the cosmic energy affects Victor Von Doom, freeing him from two years as a metal statue. Doom, able to move again but scarred, traces the Surfer to the Arctic and makes him an offer to join forces. When the Surfer rebuffs him, Doom attacks. The Surfer returns fire, blasting Doom through the ice. The cosmic energy of the Surfer's blast heals Doom's body, reversing the changes seen in the first film.

Doom leverages his experience into a deal with the American military, who force the Fantastic Four to work with Doom. Deducing that the Surfer's board is the source of his power, Reed develops a pulse generator that will separate him from it, while Victor, who was supposed to be helping Reed, is working on some other unknown remote-like machine. While setting up the device, Sue is confronted by the Surfer, during which he reveals he is merely a servant to the destroyer of worlds, and regrets the destruction he causes. The military opens fire on the Surfer, which distracts him and allows the four to fire the pulse, separating the Surfer from his board. The military imprisons the Surfer in Siberia and forbids the Fantastic Four from interacting with him, while they torture him for information. Sue uses her powers to sneak into his cell, where she learns more information from the Surfer. He tells her his master was known by the people of his world as Galactus, a massive cloud-like cosmic entity which must feed on life-bearing planets to survive, and that his board is a homing beacon which even now summons him to the planet.

Doom, pursuing the power in the board, steals it from the compound, using the device he secretly created earlier to gain control of the board and its powers. The Fantastic Four rescue the Surfer, and pursue Doom in the Fantasticar, confronting him in Shanghai. During the battle, Sue is mortally wounded. With the Surfer powerless, Johnny absorbs the combined powers of the entire team in order to battle the cosmic energy-empowered Doom. Johnny succeeds in breaking Doom's control over the Surfer's board, while Ben Grimm uses a nearby crane to knock Doom into the harbor where he is last seen sinking; however, Galactus has already arrived, and Sue dies in Reed's arms. The Surfer regains the control of his board, and his power is restored. He revives Sue and chooses to defend Earth, flying into Galactus and confronting him, proclaiming " This is the end...for us both." The conflict results in a massive blast of energy that engulfs Galactus in a cosmic rift, and apparently kills the Surfer as well.

The film ends with the marriage of Reed and Sue in Japan, and the team's creation of their signature "4" in the sky with the Fantasticar. The credits cut back to a shot of the Silver Surfer's seemingly lifeless body floating through space. Just as he drifts off the edge of the screen his eyes open and his board races towards him.



Actress Jessica Alba with a blond wig getting makeup applied to her face during the production of the movie

With Fantastic Four grossing $330 million worldwide, 20th Century Fox hired director Tim Story and screenwriter Mark Frost in December 2005 to return for the superhero team's sequel.[2] Screenwriters Frost and Don Payne were hired to write the screenplay.[3] Payne has said the film is based upon "The Galactus Trilogy", in which Galactus also makes an appearance, as well as issues 57-60 in which Doom steals the Surfer's power. Payne has also said the film takes inspiration from the Ultimate Marvel limited series Ultimate Extinction.[4] As of March 2, 2007, Galactus' design was not yet done,[5] and by April 18, until hiring Laurence Fishburne to perform the voice, the filmmakers were unsure of whether the character would speak.[6]

The film includes the Fantasti-Car,[7] a larger role for Kerry Washington's character Alicia Masters, and in June 2006, the Silver Surfer was announced to appear in the sequel as a "villain / hero".[8] The Silver Surfer has been created by combining the performance of actor Doug Jones, a grey-silver suit designed by Jose Fernandez and created by FX shop Spectral Motion which has then been enhanced by a new computer-generated system designed by WETA.

The sequel, whose working title was Fantastic Four 2, was officially titled Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in August 2006 with filming beginning on August 28 in Vancouver and set for a release date of June 15, 2007.[9] Michael Chiklis' prosthetics as The Thing were also redesigned to allow him to take it off in between takes[10] and for better ventilation.[11]

In August 2006, actor Andre Braugher dropped out of an ER supporting role to be cast in Rise of the Silver Surfer.[12] Braugher was cast as General Hager, whom director Story described as "an old acquaintance of Reed Richards and one of the major additions to the movie".[13] In September, Jones was confirmed to portray the Silver Surfer in addition to Julian McMahon reprising his role as Doctor Doom.[14] The Baxter Building was also redesigned.[4]



The teaser trailer was initially exclusively attached to Night at the Museum. It was released to the general public online on December 26, 2006 on the film's official website. The theatrical trailer was scheduled to appear during the film Disturbia on April 13, 2007 but errors occurred and Tim Story announced that it would be released with Spider-Man 3 on May 4, 2007. However, the theatrical trailer was finally released online on April 30, 2007 on Apple Trailer's website.[15] 20th Century Fox launched an outdoor advertising campaign at the end of February.[16] The cast also made an appearance at the Coca Cola 600 Nextel Cup NASCAR race in Charlotte over Memorial Day weekend.[17]

In late May 2007, 20th Century Fox struck a deal with the Franklin Mint to promote the movie by altering 40,000 U.S. quarters and releasing them into circulation.[18] All of the altered quarters were minted in 2005 and honor the state of California as part of the 50 State Quarters program created by the U.S. Mint. The altered quarters feature the Silver Surfer on the reverse along with a URL to the movie's official website. Once the U.S. Mint became aware of the promotion, it notified the studio and the Franklin Mint that it was breaking the law by turning government-issued currency into private advertising. The federal mint did not indicate whether a penalty would be effected.[18]

Home video

The film was released October 2, 2007 on DVD (Widescreen/Full Screen & 2 Disc "The Power Cosmic" Edition)[19] and high-definition Blu-ray Disc.[20]

The film was also released on HD DVD outside of U.S.


On its opening weekend, the film was the highest-grossing movie at the U.S. box office, reaching approximately $58 million,[21] $2 million more than its predecessor.[22] By its second weekend, the film suffered a 66% drop and a 54% drop in its third weekend.[21] The film grossed $289 million worldwide, including a $131.9 million gross in the United States and in Canada.[1] The budget was $130 million.[1]

As of September 9, 2007 on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, 36% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 159 reviews (57 "fresh", 100 "rotten").[23] On Metacritic, the film had a score of 45 out of 100, based on 45 reviews.[24] On Yahoo! Movies the film is rated C+ by critics, based on 14 reviews.[25]

The New York Times critic Manohla Dargis called the movie an "amalgam of recycled ideas, dead air, dumb quips, casual sexism and pseudoscientific mumbo jumbo",[26] while Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal said the film was "more fun than in the original" but "fails to sustain its modest running time of 87 minutes."[27] James Berardinelli of called the film "so lackluster it makes Spider-Man 3 feel like a masterpiece by comparison".[28]

Kevin Maher of The Times liked the film's light tone saying "the film is everything you’d expect from a movie that began in the pages of a 1960s comic book – garish, giddy, emotionally simplistic, boldly idiotic and mercifully short".[29] New York Daily News liked the movie: "It's almost a surprise that the sequel is actually better — much better — than the original."[30]


Rise of the Silver Surfer was nominated for fifteen awards, winning two.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer lost to Cloverfield for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films' 2008 Best Science Fiction Film award,[33] just as it lost in the "Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet" category, presented by the MTV Movie Awards to Transformers.[34] The United Kingdom's National Movie Awards, additionally, selected Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix over Rise of the Silver Surfer in its 2007 "Best Family" category.[35] The film was nominated in eight categories during the Teen Choice Awards ceremonies of 2007, but won no award.[36]

See also


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  2. ^ Michael Fleming (2005-12-04). "Story booked solid with Fox". Variety. Retrieved 2006-12-09.  
  3. ^ Michael Fleming; Dave McNary (2006-05-03). "Inside Move: Surfer may board Four". Variety. Retrieved 2006-12-09.  
  4. ^ a b Ben Morse; Brian Warmoth (2007-01-15). "2007 PREVIEW: FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER". Wizard. Retrieved 2007-01-15.  
  5. ^ Tim Story (2007-03-02). "Fantastic Four 2 Set Footage & Story Comments". Retrieved 2007-03-02.  
  6. ^ Pamela McClintock (2007-04-18). "Fishburne voices Surfer". Variety. Retrieved 2007-04-19.  
  7. ^ "First look: Fantasticar flows onto film". USA Today. 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2006-11-30.  
  8. ^ William Keck (2006-06-01). "Jessica Alba plans a fantastic summer". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-12-09.  
  9. ^ Stax (2006-08-17). "Fantastic New Title". IGN. Retrieved 2006-12-09.  
  10. ^ Ftopel (2007-03-12). "Washington Waits for "Fantastic Four" Final Cut". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  11. ^ Director Tim Story's DVD commentary
  12. ^ Stax (2006-08-24). "Braugher Joins Fantastic Sequel". IGN. Retrieved 2006-12-09.  
  13. ^ Stax (2006-09-05). "Fantastic Four Sequel Under Way". IGN. Retrieved 2006-12-09.  
  14. ^ Stax (2006-09-25). "Weta Surfs to Fantastic Four". IGN. Retrieved 2006-09-25.  
  15. ^ " - Trailers - Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer". Apple, Inc.. Retrieved 2008-11-03.  
  16. ^ "Fox Set To Launch Outdoor RISE Campaign". 2007-02-14. Retrieved 2007-02-14.  
  17. ^ "Jessica Alba mothers her co-stars, attends NASCAR Coca Colar race in North Carolina". Celebrity-Gossip. May 28, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  18. ^ a b "U.S. Mint: Silver Surfer Coin is Breaking the Law". Fox News Network. May 26, 2007.,2933,275655,00.html. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  19. ^ "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) DVD/Home Video Rentals". Box Office Mojo. 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  20. ^ "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Blu-Ray)". 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  21. ^ a b "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) - Weekend Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2007-09-09.  
  22. ^ "Fantastic Four (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2007-09-09.  
  23. ^ "The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-12-17.  
  24. ^ "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2007-09-09.  
  25. ^ Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) - Movie Info - Yahoo! Movies. Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 2007-09-09
  26. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2007-06-14). "Armageddon Comes Knocking". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-06-17.  
  27. ^ Joe Morgenstern (2007-06-15). "Film Review -". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2007-09-09.  
  28. ^ James Berardinelli. "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer at ReelViews". ReelViews. Retrieved 2007-06-19.  
  29. ^ Kevin Maher (2007-06-14). "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer review | Film Reviews - Times Online". London: The Times. Retrieved 2007-09-09.  
  30. ^ Mathews, Jack (June 15, 2007). "Second time's the charm: Team strikes gold with Silver Surfer". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  31. ^ "Golden Trailer Awards: 2008". Internet Movie Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  32. ^ "Kids' Choice Awards, USA: 2008". Internet Movie Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  33. ^ "Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films, USA: 2008". Internet Movie Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  34. ^ "MTV Movie Awards, 2007". Internet Movie Database. 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  35. ^ "National Movie Awards, UK: 2007". Internet Movie Database. 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  
  36. ^ "Teen Choice Awards: 2007". Internet Movie Database. 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-01.  


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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 sequel to the film Fantastic Four (2005) about the Fantastic Four who learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Directed by Tim Story. Written by Don Payne and Mark Frost.



Susan Storm: Reed, I know you. I'm glad you had fun.
Reed Richards: Thank you.
Susan Storm: Besides, it was nothing compared to what I did at my bachelorette party. Talk about wild.

General Hagen: No you don't understand. So let me make it clear for you and your pack of freaks here. I'm the quarterback. You're on my team, got it? But I guess you never played football in high school, did you Richards?
Reed Richards: No, you're right, I didn't. I stayed inside and studied, like a good little nerd. And fifteen years later, I'm one of the greatest minds of the 21st century, I'm engaged to the hottest girl on the planet, and the big jock who played quarterback in high school? Well he's standing right in front of me asking me for my help. And I say he's not gonna get a damn thing, unless he does exactly what I tell him, and starts treating my friends and me, with some respect.
General Hagen: Give him what he wants.
[The general storms off]
Susan Storm: I am so hot for you right now.
Johnny Storm: Me too. All right Reed!

[Susan Storm has suddenly switched powers with her brother, and is floating outside a window, shouting at Reed. Reed sees her and responds in alarm.]
Reed Richards: Sue! You're on fire!
Susan Storm: [irate] Ya think?!

Susan Storm: Why are you destroying our planet?
Silver Surfer: I have no choice.
Susan Storm: There’s always a choice.
The Silver Surfer: Not always.

The Silver Surfer: [restrained in the lab] I know you are there.
Susan Storm: [appears] What's your name?
The Silver Surfer: [no answer]
Susan Storm: Come on. You must have a name. I'm Susan.
The Silver Surfer: [still does not answer]
Susan Storm: You said you weren't the one trying to destroy our world. Then who is?
The Silver Surfer: The One I serve.
Susan Storm: Who do you serve?
The Silver Surfer: [does not answer]
Susan Storm: Look, I'm trying to help you. But in order to do that, you have to tell me the truth. Please.
The Silver Surfer: [the image of a ruined world appears on his stomach] It is known by many names. My people called it... Galactus, the devourer of worlds. It must feed on energy to survive, both thermal and organic.
Susan Storm: How could you willingly serve this thing?
The Silver Surfer: Because I must.
Susan Storm: Doesn't it bother you? All the worlds and innocent people you've helped destroy?
The Silver Surfer: My service spares my world, and the one I love.

Susan Storm: Did you know I could create a force field inside someone's body and expand it until they explode?
Victor Von Doom: Give it your best shot.

[Reed is using his elastic power to stretch his thumbs across his PDA very quickly]
Johnny Storm: Ya'know, I've always been both impressed and disgusted at that.
Reed Richards: Yeah, Sue says I'm addicted to it.
Johnny Storm:[To himself] I wonder why she'd say that.

Johnny Storm: We wouldn't even be in this position if I wasn't such a complete screw up.
Ben Grimm: Hey, you're not a complete screw-up. A 'partial' screw-up, maybe.
Johnny Storm: Thanks.
Ben Grimm: Look, there's nothing you and me can do now. It's all up to the eggheads.
Johnny Storm: You think Reed's right? That this might really be the end of the world?
Ben Grimm: He's never wrong about stuff like this.
Johnny Storm: [after a long silence] You know, I'm not a very deep kinda guy...
Ben Grimm: No?
Johnny Storm: I'm just saying, if we can't stop this, if it's really the end of the world... how are you going to spend your last few minutes?
Ben Grimm: Part of me would like to go out fighting. [pauses] But to tell you the truth, I think I'd like to spend my last few minutes holding onto Alicia.
Johnny Storm: [absentmindedly] That sounds good to me. [notices Ben's jealous stare] Not holding onto Alicia, because she's your girlfriend, not mine. I have no interest in her whatsoever. [sees Ben's look getting worse] Not that she's not attractive, because she is. 'So' attractive. I mean, who wouldn't want to... [the glass pitcher shatters in Ben's hand] What I meant, is that it's just nice to have somebody.
Ben Grimm: Well, you got me pal.


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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a 2007 superhero movie, and sequel to the 2005 movie Fantastic Four. Both movies are based on the comic book of the same name. The movie was directed by Tim Story, who also directed the original. Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon and Kerry Washington reprised their roles from the first movie.

It was released June 15, 2007, in North America, and was released onto high-def Blu-ray Disc and DVD on October 2, 2007.


Unlike the first Fantastic Four film (which was rated PG-13), the film was rated PG by the MPAA for sequences of action violence, some mild language and innuendo. This is Marvel's first film to be rated PG by the MPAA.

Crazy credits

  • After the 20th Century Fox fanfare animation is completed, the logo disappears and slide away via a comic strip to proceed into the Marvel logo before the opening credits.

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