Imagine you’re on a trivia gameshow. If you get one more question right, that million dollars will be yours, and you can pay off your mortgage, buy that brand-new Camaro you’ve always dreamed of, and even get a house by the L.A. coast just for kicks. The final question: who was Marvel’s first superhero team?
If you said “The Avengers,” you’d be wrong. There’s a superhero team that predates the Marvel heavy-hitters by two years, and is often credited with ushering in Marvel’s triumphant era of the ‘60s, when it seemed they could do no wrong. This team is the Fantastic Four. Obviously, it seemed like a great idea to adapt the team for film.
In our current trend of dystopian stories, it would be easy to think that young adult literature and films have always dominated the genre, or that the genre itself is a new invention. But long before Katniss ever pulled back her bow or Tris joined Dauntless, Orwell’s Winston challenged Big Brother and Guy Montag hid books from the Fire Chief. The genre hasn’t always been about young adults. But it has always been about simultaneously warning us of the consequences of our ill-advised decisions in the present and showing what sacrifice will be required to undo those societal consequences in the future. Snowpiercer, in like manner, is more about those two things than it is anything.