FANTASTIC FOUR Star Jessica Alba Explains Why She Has "Fond" Memories Of Playing "Fearsome" Sue Storm

FANTASTIC FOUR Star Jessica Alba Explains Why She Has "Fond" Memories Of Playing "Fearsome" Sue Storm

Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer star Jessica Alba has looked back at her time playing Sue Storm, explaining why she has nothing but good memories about the Marvel character.

By JoshWilding - Jun 21, 2024 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four
Source: ComicBook.com

We're now just over a year from Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four arriving in theaters and excitement is rapidly building to see Marvel's First Family back on the big screen. 

The last time they assembled was in 2015's disastrous reboot; what was meant to be an Ultimate Universe-inspired body-horror take on the heroes ended up falling apart due to studio interference, derailing up-and-coming filmmaker Josh Trank's career in the process. 

Before that, we got Fantastic Four in 2005 and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer two years later in 2007. The movies were very much a product of their time but still have their fair share of fans. 

Jessica Alba played Sue Storm, a.k.a. the Invisible Woman, in those and looked back fondly at the role in a recent interview with ComicBook.com.

"It's nothing but fond memories," she told the site. "I loved it so much playing that character. I feel like my whole life started in a lot of ways at that moment. I met my life partner [producer Cash Warren], we're still together, we have three kids. Tim Story, who directed, is still one of my best friends. We have New Year's Eve together."

"It was great and she was such a cool, inspiring character and ahead of her time, I would say, in the genre. And still, you still haven't seen someone who is so nurturing and feminine, but then also a fearsome badass," Alba continued. "I haven't seen that combination again. And so I think she still fills this beautiful kind of space or void in the Marvel universe."

Rumour has it we'll see at least some of the mid-2000s Fantastic Four cast in Marvel Studios' Multiverse Saga, with Chris Evans heavily rumoured to reprise his role as the Human Torch. Rounding out the team was Ioan Gruffudd as Mister Fantastic and Michael Chiklis as The Thing.

Alba was something of a trailblazer as Sue and recently returned to acting with Netflix's new action movie Trigger Warning.

Marvel Studios has announced that Pedro Pascal (Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic), Vanessa Kirby (Sue Storm/Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn (Johnny Storm/Human Torch), and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Ben Grimm/The Thing) will lead The Fantastic Four cast. Julia Garner has also joined the reboot as Shalla-Bal/Silver Surfer.

Recent additions to the cast include Paul Walter Hauser, John Malkovich, and Natasha Lyonne in mystery roles, along with Ralph Ineson as the villainous Galactus.

Director Matt Shakman worked with both Avatar: The Way of Water co-writer Josh Friedman and WandaVision's Cam Squires on The Fantastic Four's screenplay, with Eric Pearson (Black Widow) recently coming on board for a final polish.

The movie is set to be released in theaters on July 25, 2025.

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TheManWithoutFear
TheManWithoutFear - 6/21/2024, 5:39 AM
Justice for Tim Story. I think those 2 FF films are good. Chiklis as The Thing was perfect.
Fogs
Fogs - 6/21/2024, 5:46 AM
@TheManWithoutFear - Same. I don't hate them as most seem to do.
Despite the Galactus cloud, that's really bad.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/21/2024, 7:37 AM
@TheManWithoutFear - They were good, as said were of their time and as such had issues but it helped lay the groundwork for what came after for CBM's. Sure, they weren't GREAT either and can list problem if comparing to the source such as Sue needing to strip to use her invisability stuff and a bunch of issues with how they handled Doom but they were fun family entertainment that worked well as popcorn flicks without trying to be more than that, which is OK, always a need for that sort of content.
dragon316
dragon316 - 6/21/2024, 9:13 AM
@Fogs - I feel same way it cloud situation ruined it for me my favorite excited to see turned out have smallvile darkseid moment cloud crap
Deadinside
Deadinside - 6/21/2024, 10:24 AM
@Fogs - If you notice, when Galactus passes Saturn, you see the silhouette of his helmet...!☮️😉
DarthOmega
DarthOmega - 6/21/2024, 10:28 AM
@TheManWithoutFear - Yo. I feel the same way. Even Alba got better with the sequel. Everything was better in the sequel. I think the movie came out in that weird time. Post Spider-Man and pre MCU/Dark Knight. It wasn't top tier but I remember enjoying those films especially Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Fogs
Fogs - 6/21/2024, 1:34 PM
@Deadinside - yeah, I remember that. It's like he's somewhere within the cloud.

They just couldn't do what the MCU had the guts to do with the Celestials.

I remember when I saw them in GoTG and going "Damn that's what they should've been done with Galactus".
TheOtherOn
TheOtherOn - 6/21/2024, 2:54 PM
@TheManWithoutFear - I still watch these two from time to time. Overall good entertaining movies "based" on the comics.

It doesn't have to be the exact copy of source material anyway and that's actually a good thing. Not everything that looks good on printed paper in cartoon style art can make sense and translate well into Live Action when played by actual human beings in daily life settings.

If those so called "fans" can't find any major issues BUT "it was, in some parts, different than the source material" well, boo hoo so what! Get over it and enjoy the freakin movies for what it is/was
IAmAHoot
IAmAHoot - 6/21/2024, 5:48 AM
Had a great time watching the first in theaters. Saw the second on DVD, but it was even better than the first. Those movies are very enjoyable.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/21/2024, 7:12 AM
@IAmAHoot - the dynamic and chemistry between Evans Johnny and Chiklis Ben is pretty perfect imo

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I enjoy Gruffudd’s Reed too
RolandD
RolandD - 6/21/2024, 8:10 AM
@TheVisionary25 - One of the best pets of the films. I would have toned down some of Johnny’s abrasive and annoying qualities or at least made him a teenager as he was in the earliest stories but they definitely got the interactions with the two of them right.
Fogs
Fogs - 6/21/2024, 1:36 PM
@RolandD - yeah I still love that montage with Johnny teasing Ben with the feather prank
RolandD
RolandD - 6/21/2024, 6:11 PM
@Fogs - Hopefully we will get some of that withe new movie. Their family dynamics was what made the FF so different in their early days.
ProfessorWhy
ProfessorWhy - 6/21/2024, 5:54 AM
They were flawed, but I liked them for their Comicbookness
WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 6/21/2024, 5:57 AM
These 2 films are a guilty pleasure for me. Better than most of what Marvel has produced recently
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/21/2024, 6:14 AM
While I always felt she was probably the weak link out of the main four , I thought she still did fine with the material she had…

Also while both movies aren’t great imo , I still prefer them over the 2015 dud tbh.

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Anyway , it is nice that she still reflects back on the films or experience positively atleast as she should considering she met her husband on those and now seems to be happily married with a family.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/21/2024, 6:16 AM
She's right about how unique of a character Sue Storm was. That was intentional on Stan Lee's behalf, he wanted her to maintain her nurturing kindness and femininity while also being a strong character and a powerful hero (the most powerful on the team in fact).

Believe it or not there was some toxicity even then. Some fans didn't want a girl on the team and felt that she contributed nothing and was always needing to be rescued or just plain old got in the way of the other three. Stan's response? He made her the most powerful member of the team.
WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 6/21/2024, 7:01 AM
@ObserverIO - plus we nearly got to see her naked
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/21/2024, 8:11 AM
@WhateverItTakes - Invisible powers. The ultimate flashing fake-out.
RolandD
RolandD - 6/21/2024, 8:13 AM
@ObserverIO - I thought that they never emphasized how powerful she was until decades later but I won’t swear to it. Maybe Stan had her in mind as being the most powerful but didn’t show it so much in the early days.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/21/2024, 8:17 AM
@RolandD - She didn't have her force powers (or whatever you wanna call em) in the first 20 issues or so. But shegained them pretty early on, easily making her the most formidable member of the team. But it was later, I think in the John Byrne run maybe, that these powers were expanded upon.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/21/2024, 8:21 AM
@RolandD - This was the moment, from Fantastic Four #22, 1964.
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They adapted the research leading up to it in the first FF movie, with Alba and Gruffud.
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ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/21/2024, 8:23 AM
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RolandD
RolandD - 6/21/2024, 7:21 PM
@ObserverIO - I knew she had her force fields earlier on. I did not collect John Byrne’s run, but I think you’re right and that he was the one that made her much more powerful. I either read or heard that.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/21/2024, 7:06 AM
Still the best live action Fantastic Four movies to date, and the second best cast FF movie after the 1994 Roger Corman film, and much better cast than both the 2015 garbage and the upcoming reboot. Chris Evans & Michael Chiklis were fantastic, Gruffud was great casting, and I liked Alba as Sue Storm.

John Ottman's Fantastic Four theme is also really good and the extended opening title sequence should have been included in the theatrical cut.

mountainman
mountainman - 6/21/2024, 8:18 AM
Dang it seems like the group around here leaned towards liking these. I always found them incredibly cheesy. Certainly not bottom of the barrel CBM content, but the 2nd one was on TV recently and I have it 20 minutes of a try and had to turn it off.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/21/2024, 9:05 AM
@mountainman - Course they were cheesy, saying we enjoyed them and good but not great for what they were, fun family popcorn flicks, doesn't mean they weren't cheesy, lol.

More the point however it is more that at the time we hadn't had much GREAT CBM content, some but not a lot and a load or BAD CBM films/shows, the bar was a LOT lower to be considered fun and good, in retrospect we've had a load of far better stuff since thus...
mountainman
mountainman - 6/21/2024, 9:08 AM
@Apophis71 - I wasn’t saying anything bad about the people that liked them, I just didn’t. My comment was more shock as I didn’t realize there was such a large portion of people that like these movies.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/21/2024, 9:16 AM
@mountainman - Which is always entirely fair, and can completely get why many wouldn't have liked them and esp take issues in regard to comparing to the source material :D
WarMonkey
WarMonkey - 6/21/2024, 10:16 AM
@mountainman - I was surprised too that people here like it a lot it seems. It pleases me though cause I also enjoy these movies and always thought Alba was great in them. Only things I didn't really like were how they made Doom part of their team when they went to space to give him powers, the cloud monster, and the wedding stuff.
DarthOmega
DarthOmega - 6/21/2024, 10:35 AM
@WarMonkey - I thought Chris Evans was a great Johnny Storm. So much so when I heard he was cast as Steve Rogers I'm like really? I can't see the Human torch as Cap. It's foolish now when you think about it, but back then I was like nah.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/21/2024, 11:01 AM
@DarthOmega - Same, in addition to thinking Captain America would be viewed by the GA to be too dated to land well in theatres but was convinced Evans was miscast after loving his take on Johnny of Johnny in F4 and course I was wrong on both counts.
DarthOmega
DarthOmega - 6/21/2024, 11:18 AM
@Apophis71 - The way the climate was headed back then and certainly what we see now, I fully thought this country wasn't ready for Cap. He even mentioned it in the Avengers with the "old fashioned" line. Marvel was producing magic back then so it's no surprise they pulled it off. Now it's hard to think of anyone else in the role.
The1st
The1st - 6/21/2024, 1:10 PM
@mountainman - Agreed, but fans have a habit of retconning their initial opinions on things.
TheOtherOn
TheOtherOn - 6/21/2024, 3:02 PM
@mountainman - To each of their own I guess.

There is one thing that I found funny in the above statement tho, you found them incredibly "cheesy"? Hmmmm, lets think again, a COMICBOOK and "cheese" factor kind of come as a package. It's upto the viewer, how much "cheese" they find if they really want to find some. Every single super power can be considered cheesy by some and that's just the start! 😉
WarMonkey
WarMonkey - 6/21/2024, 3:21 PM
@DarthOmega - I was the same way lol.
Fogs
Fogs - 6/21/2024, 7:58 PM
@mountainman - the Surfer is one of my favorite CB characters and he was on point in ff4 2. So bad the whole cloud galactus crap happened cause I doubt we're seeing a better SS from the MCU tbh.
Fogs
Fogs - 6/21/2024, 8:07 PM
@DarthOmega - yeap, we were all afraid of Evans being cast as steve and got so positively surprised when TFA came out. I say "we" with ease, in the sense of most users here being skeptical about it back then.

@Apophis71 - the anti-USA feeling some people around the world had was surpassed simply by showing how much of a good person Steve was in the first place, having everyone to fall in love for the dude before him becoming an american icon. It was so well thought out and pulled off, I hope it works like that for the new Superman btw.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/21/2024, 8:31 PM
@Fogs - Perspectives can differ but when it came out didn't think there was much if any anti-USA feeling in the major markets that it being Captain America would go against more than any other major American film so odd to throw that in there, lol (not American). I mean sure certain regions that could be the case but they weren't and still aren't a significant factor at all in regard to WWBO realy other than maybe China at the point which is always hit and miss and obviously now Russia too.
Fogs
Fogs - 6/22/2024, 5:25 AM
@Apophis71 - yeah, I'm not american either but I see there were/are many people and places where a dude dressed as an american flag wouldn't be a huge success in the 2010s cause the political climate was already very heated in many places. I don't mean they hate America per se (well, some do), but it's more of a reactive way against what would be perceived as american propaganda, got it? Marvel managed to subvert that side pretty well in the film, an in the subtle way. They really deserve the praise when I think about it.
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