Everyone loves a good coming of age story. For those of us who are adults, when we watch Kevin Arnold in The Wonder Years or read about Harry’s path in J.K. Rowling’s series, we can’t help but identify with their struggles. The path to adulthood isn’t straight and it’s nice to know everyone else faced some of the same struggles.
I love a good coming of age story but I’m not sure how I feel about one being tacked on to a super hero movie.
This weekend, in an interview with Den of Geek, the producer and screenwriter for the new Fantastic Four, Simon Kinberg, had this to say:
“We’re definitely telling a younger story than the original films did. It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, that tell this story. So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is.”
He also said this:
“They’re older than high school, but they’re not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming of age story.”
I don’t know if I want to spend two hours watching 19 and 20-year-olds figure out what it means to be a hero and an adult at the same time. Growing up is hard enough without having to do it with super powers. I’ve never been much of a fan of the Fantastic Four and this story isn’t making me any more excited for their reboot.
Since Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing have their own coming of age stories on the horizon, here are some biblical coming of age stories. Continue reading