Exclusive: The GWW’s sources have heard that Marvel Studios is actively developing a Silver Surfer movie.
Silver Surfer, AKA Norrin Radd, was created by Jack Kirby and first appeared in Fantastic Four #48 in 1966. His appearance marked the introduction of the Galactus mythos, with Silver Surfer as one of his Heralds. He then went on to become a major part of the Marvel universe, assisting the Fantastic Four, Thor, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and joining the original Defenders. His first and only live-action appearance was in 2007’s ‘Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,’ played by Doug Jones and voiced by Laurence Fishburne.
Back in 2018, Adam McKay expressed strong interest in helming a Silver Surfer solo film:
“Silver Surfer is the one I want to do, man. I would do anything to do Silver Surfer because, visually, you could do what the Wachowskis did with Speed Racer with the Silver Surfer,” McKay said. “At the same time, there’s a great emotional story in there, man, where Norrin Radd [Silver Surfer] has to make the choice to save his planet. That would be the one, but I think Fox owns the rights … .”
Now the rights are back with Marvel following Disney’s purchase of Fox, and it’s certainly possible that Kevin Feige has tapped Adam McKay to oversee the development of this movie. McKay is credited with co-writing the first ‘Ant-Man’ and was being looked at to direct it after Edgar Wright exited from the project, before Peyton Reed took over. He also wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated ‘The Big Short’ and ‘Vice,’ as well as the ‘Anchorman’ films, ‘Step Brothers,’ and ‘The Other Guys.’
We at the GWW previously reported on Fantastic Four movie being developed for a 2022 release. Silver Surfer is commonly associated with the Fantastic Four, but is also a major part of Marvel’s cosmic mythos. MCUCosmic has also previously reported a rumor on characters such as Tyrant and Galactus coming to the MCU, and due to their strong ties to Silver Surfer, a solo film makes sense. Marvel Studios is looking to greatly expand its cosmic side with the addition of these characters, and other cosmic characters such as Nova are also in development.
Jacob Tyler contributed to this article.