This superhero movie catapulted its actors to fame, isn’t from Marvel or DC, and fought with ‘The Avengers’ in 2012: available on Netflix


When we think of a superhero movie, the Marvel or DC cinematic universe inevitably comes to mind. What the house of ideas has achieved with its films, at least until Endgame, is something that is practically unheard of in the history of cinema. However, the truth is that there are exponents of the genre that offer a spectacular finish and that do not necessarily have to be based on some of the most popular comics on the planet.

In fact, there are occasions when we can see a group of superheroes save the day without the need for them to be ‘The Avengers‘ or ‘Justice League’. And although in an unorthodox way, this is precisely what ‘Chronicle’, the film directed by Josh Trank, achieved, which helped Fox decide to sign the director to take charge of the latest version of ‘Fantastic Four’, although that film suffered a completely different story.

‘Chronicle’ is the superhero movie that triumphed in 2012.

It’s no wonder Fox looked to Trank for a version of ‘Fantastic Four,’ as ‘Chronicle’ shares certain similarities with Marvel’s superhero group. In this film, a group of three young people are exposed to a mysterious substance in a forest, which eventually ends up giving them powers such as moving things with their minds or flying. However, not everything is as good as it seems.

The real highlight is that this superhero movie was a springboard for two of its lead actors: Dane DeHann and Michael B. Jordan. Coincidentally, after that film, both actors participated in Marvel movies (The Amazon Spider-Man 2 and The Fantastic 4 or Black Panther, respectively). Although both had previous experience, ‘Chronicle’ was the definitive push to their careers, since then, both have been involved in dozens of projects.

As for the film itself, it was a resounding success. It grossed over $150 million, which, considering its budget ($10 million), translated into a windfall for Fox, which later opened the door for Trank to take over the failed ‘Fantastic 4’ movie. Best of all, if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s available on both Netflix and Disney+.