2oth Century Fox have released the first trailer to their upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Now my heart sunk when I heard that they were going to do this heroic foursome for a third time. Yes, I said a third time. There was a cheapie Fantastic Four movie in 1994 that is highly amusing fun but which was barely released. The 2005 would-be blockbuster was just dull, and while its sequel was an improvement, Marvel fans were probably wondering if the characters would ever be done right.
Well, perhaps they won’t have to wait much longer. The trailer hints at a somewhat more serious approach, right from its opening voiceover: “With every new discovery, there is risk, there is sacrifice and there are consequences”, though it doesn’t give away much about the plot, which will apparently involve the foursome’s arch-enemy Dr. Doom. One thing I like about this film is its largely ‘indie’ cast, with Miles Teller playing Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing. Then there’s its director, Josh Trank having made the very impressive Found Footage superhero -variant Chronicle. This Fantastic Four could be a cut above the usual superhero outing.
Fantastic Four centers on a quartet of young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives are irrevocably upended as the team must learn to harness daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Fantastic Four hits UK cinemas on 6th August 2015.