Is 'The Incredibles' just a ripoff of the 'Fantastic Four'?
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Is 'The Incredibles' just a ripoff of the 'Fantastic Four'?

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Fans have waited over 13 years for "Incredibles 2," but the sequel is re-sparking a debate on how similar the franchise is to the "Fantastic Four." Marvel debuted "The Fantastic Four" in 1961, and the team is regarded as Marvel's first family of comics. "The Incredibles" got rave reviews in 2004. But all "Fantastic Four" movies are critically panned. But Marvel fans still argue the iconic first family preceded Pixar's incredible family. Is "The Incredibles" franchise a ripoff?

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"The Incredibles" holds a 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed nearly $633 million worldwide at the box office. When the film came out in 2004, "The Incredibles" drew comparisons to the "Fantastic Four" comics and '90s animated series. Mr. Incredible has similar invulnerability and strength abilities to the Thing, Elastigirl can stretch her limbs similar to Mister Fantastic, and Violet has the gifts of force field generation and invisibility—just like the Invisible Woman. 

But many argue Pixar's "The Incredibles" animated franchise is better than the numerous failed attempts at adapting the "Fantastic Four" for film. Fans say "The Incredibles" does the "Fantastic Four" better than Fox.

In 2015, Digital Spy's Simon Reynolds wrote something similar. 

The answer lies away from the 20th Century Fox fanfare and over by Pixar's Luxo lamp. Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2 is on the horizon, and if its 2004 predecessor proved anything it's that the Pixar crew know exactly how to do Fantastic Four right. It is, frankly, a brilliant Four movie in all but name.
One of the failings of Trank's film was that Marvel's first family didn't feel anything like a family at all. Reed Richards and Sue Storm are a comic book celebrity power couple, the Posh 'n' Becks or Brangelina of the Marvel universe. Outside of them, Johnny Storm is the hot-headed 'son' (in reality Sue's younger brother), while Ben Grimm is the eccentric uncle of the gang, grumpy but ultimately loveable.

The early reviews indicate that "Incredibles 2" is also amazing. The film currently holds a 96 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes

Although "Fantastic Four" came out a year after "The Incredibles" and was critically panned, fans still blasted the Pixar film for copying Marvel's first familyThree out of the four main Incredibles have the same powers as members of the Fantastic Four, while Dash is basically a mini-Flash. What's up with that? 

Marvel fans have had it with Pixar fans saying "The Incredibles" family is better at being the Fantastic Four than the actual Fantastic Four. Marvel's first family has been around since 1961, showing the beloved characters' longevity. The Fantastic Four paved the way for Pixar's highly-successful ripoff to exist.

"The Incredibles" films are critically acclaimed.

But "Fantastic Four"-related media existed since 1961. 

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