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The 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer is a film adaptation of one of the most famous comic book plot arcs of the Fantastic Four in Marvel comics. Grossing over $289 million dollars, the film came before Marvel Studios was created, giving the comic book giant the ability to make its own movies. The film opens up with characters Reed Richards (alias Mr. Fantastic) and Sue Storm (A.K.A. The Invisible Woman) preparing for their wedding. Around the time that these preparations are taking place a strange anomaly crashes into Earth's atmosphere and begins to cause all kinds of havoc around the world. Reed is approached by the army about tracking this thing, and while he demurs to keep his fiancee happy, he secretly builds a tracking device anyway.

The anomaly is a being from outer space called the Silver Surfer, so named because he's silver, and rides a surfboard like object. A wielder of cosmic energy, he awakens the statue that is Victor Von Doom, who is promptly defeated by the surfer. As Earth begins to mass its forces though, the Fantastic Four are obliged to join forces with Doom to try and defeat the surfer.

It turns out that the Silver Surfer is the herald of an alien being called Galactus, who devours the life energy of worlds. The Surfer sold himself into bondage to save his own planet, and now feeds others to Galactus. However, once Galactus arrives, the Surfer decides to rebel against his master and fights back. The cosmic energy he wields opens a rift, sucking in Galactus and apparently killing the Surfer as well. Reed and Sue are married in Japan, however, when the camera pans in on the Surfer's body floating through space, his eyes open and he summons his board to him, letting the audience know that he is in fact, far from dead.

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Stars
Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, Julian McMahon
Director
Tim Story
Language
English
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