With 20th Century's lease of the Fantastic Four going up in smoke by the year, how would a Marvel Studios movie work out? After he's done working on Star Trek 2, someone like J. J. Abrams could be someone to consider taking the reins of Marvel's First Family if handled right. Here's how it could play out. After the Chitauri invasion of Earth, SHIELD and NASA realize there’s more to our universe than thought. In an experimental test on interplanetary space travel directed by Dr. Harvey Elder (Lost and Person of Interest’s Michael Emerson) and a return performance from William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, a rag tag group of scientists from New York’s Baxter Building are hand selected for the job. Reed Richards, (portrayed by Mad Men’s Jon Hamm), an aeronautics engineer known for his work with SHIELD and is described as “appropriately pragmatic, authoritative, and dull”, leads the test subjects, comprised of himself, his love interest Susan Storm (Fringe’s Anna Torv), her hot-shot brother, Johnny (Tron: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund) and pilot and gentle giant Ben Grimm (Firefly’s Adam Baldwin). Sent into space, the team experiences a problem in the form of a crossing over to a place only known as the “Negative Zone” that causes an abortion of the mission, but not before the team is affected by a strange mutation. Grimm attempts to fly them out from the Zone, only causing them to plummet to Earth. The team awaken separately only to discover they are being held captive in a SHIELD facility in outside New York City referred to as “The Vault”. Their exposure to the Negative Zone causes mutations among them. Reed is able to stretch his body to great lengths, Sue is able to turn invisible, Johnny becomes a literal “man on fire”, the most tragic of them all, Grimm becomes a golem-like creature referred to as a “Thing” by many. Meanwhile, Dr. Elder attempts to unleash an army of creatures he discovered that lie in subterranean world below the Earth’s crust. In an attempt to help, but doing more harm than good, Nick Fury demands the World Security Council to let the Four go, but divide them up amongst the New York City and return them to their normal lives, to prevent the same events that the Avengers Initiative caused. The council refuses. Using their new found power, the team escapes to New York, becoming fugitives. Despite SHIELD’s efforts to keep them apart, but after a series of events where the team members cause chaos because of their own power, they, under the idea of using their powers for good and the advancement of humanity, become the Fantastic Four, when, unbeknownst to them, an invasion brews beneath their feet. The team stops Elder from unleashing his army upon New York City, (despite intervention from Ross and his private team of superhumans known as “Project: Thunderbolt”) and SHIELD realizes the potential for the team. Fury offers membership into the Avenger Initiative, but Richards declines, optioning for his team to work on their own. Just a thought.