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Trivia for the films:

  • Actor-Inspired Element:
    • Julian McMahon, who plays Doctor Doom, suggested that metal staples be used to help stitch the scar at the beginning of his transformation. This comes from McMahon's experience playing a cosmetic surgeon on Nip/Tuck, making it also a subtle Actor Allusion.
    • Ioan Gruffudd suggested that Reed constantly be taking notes.
  • Approval of God: Stan Lee said that Michael Chiklis' portrayal of the Thing was his favourite performance in any Marvel film. It was however not the case with Victor.
  • Awesome, Dear Boy:
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    • Jessica Alba wanted to play the Invisible Woman because she wanted to play in a superhero film.
    • Michael Chiklis, being a fan of the comics immediately accepted the role of Ben Grimm.
  • California Doubling: Most of New York is filmed at Vancouver, with most shots that have Jessica Alba at New York instead of Vancouver.
  • Creator Backlash: Jessica Alba had some problems with the films' scripts and naturally hated doing the scenes were Sue strips off while invisible.
  • Creator's Favorite: The Thing is one of Michael Chiklis' favorite roles.
  • Deleted Scene: See here.
  • Disowned Adaptation: While Stan Lee loved Michael Chiklis' performance as the Thing, he was not a fan of how the films portrayed Dr. Doom, as he felt Victor was changed too much from his depiction in the comics.
  • Doing It for the Art: One of Chiklis' requirements for accepting the role of the Thing was that his character would be make-up based, rather than the CGI everyone else had previously assumed. This meant that Chiklis insisted upon hours of application and wearing heavy, uncomfortable makeup, over the option that would have allowed him to earn the same money in significantly less time simply by voice acting. Why? Because Chiklis was a fan who knew that underneath the rock skin, Ben Grimm's still a human being, and this was best shown by having his actor go through the same thing. The production team thought that Chiklis would have to ADR his lines due to the heavy prosthetics and oversized teeth he'd have to wear. Instead, he spent hours reading to his children while wearing the teeth until he became fully intelligible. Once again, it was because Chiklis felt that being able to perform in the moment with his co-stars was best way to convey the character of Ben Grimm rather than having to perform the part in a booth. Apparently, Chiklis' wife came by the set unexpectedly one day to see him. He was in the full body suit and makeup at the time, and she was totally unprepared for seeing him like that. She found it so distressing that she had to be escorted from the set in order to compose herself. It worked.
  • Dueling Movies:
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    • The first with The Incredibles (a dysfunctional superhero family) and Revenge of the Sith (features a villain shooting out electricity and was released two months apart). The first film had to be reshot to prevent similarities with the earlier. Ironically, all three movies produced memorable memes.
  • DVD Bonus Content: The films had bonus features including deleted scenes and featurettes relating to the film's production.
  • DVD Commentary:
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Jessica Alba dyed her hair blonde for the first film, but wore a wig for the second.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Since Jessica Alba didn't like stripping off, her reaction as Sue is quite natural.
  • Fake American: Welsh Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards.
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  • Fake Nationality: Australian Julian McMahon as Victor Von Doom (who is Latverian).
  • Follow the Leader: This film was made after the success of Spider-Man. It goes for a similarly lighthearted tone and there's more than a passing resembling between Dr. Doom's story-arc from this film and Norman Osborn's from that one.
  • Inspiration for the Work: The first film's screenplay was inspired by Ghostbusters.
  • Meaningful Release Date: It was originally supposed to be released on July 4, 2005, and early trailers played this up. However, its release date was shifted to four days later.
  • Meme Acknowledgement: Julian McMahon, Doug Jones and Tim Story approved of the growing memes from the films.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: In the first trailer for the first film, Dr. Doom electrocutes Ned near water. In the actual film, he shoots a bolt through and out Ned's chest.
  • Old Shame:
    • Tim Story reflected on the films in the late 2010s and noticed that things would have been different if he made the films at a later decade.
    • Averted with Michael Chiklis, who loved playing as the Thing in the films and the first video game. He later voiced the Thing in an episode of Robot Chicken and is looking forward to playing the Thing again for the Marvel Cinematic Universe if he is given the chance.
    • Averted with Jessica Alba. She is happy that she met her future husband while filming.
    • Averted with Julian McMahon, who had a fun time as Dr. Doom and also got to voice him in an episode of Robot Chicken.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Michael Chiklis has been a comic book fan since he was a kid. Guess which one was his favorite?
    • Julian McMahon is also a fan of the Fantastic Four comics before he joined the film series.
  • Release Date Change: The first film's release date got delayed to four days after its initial release date.
  • Romance on the Set: Jessica Alba met her future husband Cash Warren while filming the first film on August 2004 at Vancouver.
  • Star-Making Role: Alongside Sin City, Jessica Alba got her big breakthrough in cinema.
  • Technology Marches On: One scene has Johnny use a digital camera. Nowadays, he would use a smartphone.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Chris Evans improvised most of his dialogue in the first movie, such as the "Aw, look — she's kissing him.", which fits seamlessly in the scene as for the benefit of Alicia, who was standing right next to him (she's blind).
    • Ioan Gruffudd was supposed to say "What happens when you supercool hot metal?" Instead, he said "What happens when you rapidly cool hot metal?" Tim Story approved of this and left it in the film.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The first film is clearly a 2005 product with Johnny using a digital camera and quotes the "priceless" motto from MasterCard ads.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page.

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