I feel many would agree with me that one of the greatest disappointments ever to come out of superhero movies was Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Not only did they butcher Galactus, making him a pink cloud rather than a building-high demi-god that walks around planets like Godzilla, leveling everything in his path, they made the Silver Surfer a wimp...a whiny, not-so-shiny wimp at that.
When I checked on the status of the Silver Surfer movie, which I hoped would redeem him, it was slated for a 2012 release. It has now been pushed back to 2014-2016. Why? Turns out, Fox and Marvel are haggling over the rights to the Surfer, Galactus, and Daredevil. Marvel wants the rights to Surfer and Galactus (probably Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom too) so bad they're willing to let Fox hold on to Daredevil (the rights expire October 10th if no movie has started production) and massacre him in another installment.
If there's one origin story I actually wouldn't mind, it would be the Surfer's. Other than a brief glimpse of Thanos at the end of the Avengers and a few scenes in Asgard during Thor, Marvel's universe, when it comes to outer space, has not really been on film. Granted, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie releasing in August 2014 will delve into the cosmos, but there's an insane amount of ongoings being overlooked.
For starters, Surfer's movie could begin with Norrin Rad as an astronomer from Zenn-la that stumbles upon Galactus, pledges himself as a herald to save his planet, and travels around causing all sorts of genocide, after, of course, Galactus creates the Surfer's board and gives him the Power Cosmic. Half of the movie Surfer would be a hero forced to do villainous deeds, and he wouldn't be brainwashed or poisoned. He'd be fully aware and distraught over his actions, a side we've never really seen from a superhero. When shown in Rise of the Surfer, he has already grappled his demons; we see the tail-end of his arch. From there, Fantastic Four can get their needed reboot as well.
If there's ever to be an Infinity Gauntlet trilogy, Silver Surfer has to be involved, which means audiences need to be more familiar with Jack Kirby's creation. Using the Surfer, filmmakers can also introduce races like the Skrull and Kree, cosmic entities (Eon, Un-Being, Celestials, Nemesis, etc.), Adam Warlock, or the Defenders, a superhero group that consists of Dr. Strange, the Hulk, Namor, Valkyrie, Nighthawk, and Hellcat...among others. The roads a Surfer movie would open are almost endless.