Hard to believe Fantastic Four came out nine years ago. And yet, watching the film once again after such a long time, even if it’s not in the theaters, brings interesting thoughts to mind. Sue Storm, Susie, Susan—whatever her name is, she’s Ms. Invisible, the girl with the hots for Reed Richards, the brain of the outfit.
Women Who Wow Wednesday begins with a radiation storm. Four friends hit by deep space rays attempt to cope with the aftershock of the change. Little by little, things change. Sue’s brother, Johnny Storm, burns the ski slopes—literally. Reed Richards has an episode where he can stretch his hand under a door. Ben Grimm turns into a stone. And Sue Storm disappears. She changes from being a beautiful woman to someone who no one can see.
First order of business is to save Ben Grimm, depressed about losing his wife. Sue gets more than what she bargains for. Her ability to create a force field allows her to prevent a fire to spread beyond its means. Saving a number of people along the way, she becomes the reluctant hero among the four.
Then there’s Victor Doom. We won’t get into him just yet. He’s Sue’s attraction. Beyond Reed’s past relationship with her, Victor’s attempted to ask her to marry him.
Now, Sue’s big dilemma is not Victor Doom’s infatuation with her but her ability to control her powers. Unlike many superheroes who have an uncanny talent to hide their powers, Sue Storm has nothing to hide because she’s the epitome of covertness. Her middle name is Hide. She gets angry, she disappears.
Her date with Reed brings back memories of the past. She doesn’t want Doom. She wants Reed. In a planetarium setting, she tells Reed how she remembers the good times.
Her biggest asset though is not the invisibility, not the incredible force field she exerts, but her power to stay focused and clearheaded. For her, her most valuable asset is her single-minded talent to keep her wits about her.
In the epic battle for her life, she takes on Doom in a quick game of Marco Polo. And although she loses, she gains in the end by working with the others as a team to put away Doom for a long time.
Sue Storm—a fantastic superhero, a Fantastic Four.
Have you seen Fantastic Four? What did you think of Sue Storm?
14 thoughts on “Sue Storm”
I have not watched it..but your write up makes me want too.Nice flow
I thought this movie was terrible. Dr. Doom was the only character in the movie that I liked.
We watch Fantastic 4 once a year or so – I love Sue Storm, and Jessica Alba did a great job on her.
Ha, I do the same thing. I have countless movies I watch once a year. I saw this in theaters and thought what a great ride. Too bad it gets a bad rap!
It does – but that’s why there’s a reboot. I liked it a lot, although the extended version is unnecessary (too much overlap in scenes, though the wolverine send-up was good). I liked that it was more about the conflict between all of them, and learning to gel as a team.
I thought Alba was really good as Sue Storm — in fact, I liked all of the cast in these two movies. I do wish they had gotten a real action director instead of the guy who did “Barber Shop.” Ah, well, here’s to the reboot!
It’s been a long time since I watched Fantastic 4. Reading this made me want to re-watch it. Good job!
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Keeping one’s wits in the midst of a crisis is a vastly under-appreciated ability. 🙂
I’m still unclear on why someone thought Jessica Alba should play an invisible character. People tend to want to see her. Seriously, I was ‘meh’ on that movie because Doom wasn’t very impressive. He didn’t have that villain hook for me. I hope they do better in the upcoming reboot, but that’s already seeing problems.
I noticed the controversy regarding the Fantastic Four as well, Charles. The movie ought to be interesting nonetheless, considering technology has come a long way since 2005.
I hope so too. It’s not an easy group to put on the big screen because of their powers and they’re not as edgy as Avengers and X-Men.