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Galactus and the Silver Surfer


A Rich and Deep Mythology

This is something from the comics, that more recently has come to fascinate me, this bizarre dynamic between Galactus and The Silver Surfer from Marvel Comics. The creation of the two was based on God and a Fallen Angel. Galactus being the God-like figure, The Surfer being a Fallen Angel.


The most interesting and compelling aspect of The Silver Surfer is his ability to explore space and the cosmos. Anyone who grew up with Star Wars knows how awesome and exhilarating a space story with the right emotional elements can be. Star Wars is more about family than anything, and the Galactus/Silver Surfer dynamic has a tragic element to it, which makes it more interesting to readers. For me, those are the stories that pull me in, the ones that create a unique emotional dynamic.

Fantastic Four: The Animated Series

There was an animated series done in the early 90's , based on the comic storylines of the Fantastic Four, and it really does a great job of exploring this deep and complex history, and how in the end The Surfer ends up doing what is right, and helps save Earth. He is banished from roaming the entire cosmos for doing this, but it adds so much to this dynamic. Ultimately Galactus finds a new herald.

Silver Surfer: The Animated Series

There was also an animated series done on the Silver Surfer, it was not connected to the Fantastic Four series, but it went even further into the story of The Surfer and his real name, and where he comes from, and how he joined Galactus in order to save his people and his planet. The characters who have a deep and complex history like The Surfer, are usually the best.


Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Let's talk about this movie. It had all the potential to be something special, and they had Laurence Fishburne voicing the Silver Surfer, my big issue with this movie, when I look back on it, is that they made Galactus into a massive cloud, which is an odd choice to say the least. To any comic book purist, when you think of Galactus you think of the massive suit, the deep voice, the sense of menace and the ominous presence, you do not think of a cloud.

Future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

One of the most exciting aspects of Disney buying 20th Century FOX to many was that Marvel Studios now owns the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters again, which means at any moment we will see the Fantastic Four in the MCU, and will also likely see Super Skrull, Galactus and The Silver Surfer done right. I am excited to see what comes next for these characters, now that they can rejoin their fellow Marvel characters.

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