Amid the mad rush of trailers that cropped up last week, the latest trailer for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot may have been forgotten against competition like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the first look at Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s worth a revisit, however, as the trailer gave us our best look yet at the Fantastic Four’s superpowers in action, as well as the first proper look at villains Victor Domashev (Toby Kebbell) and Harvey Elder (Tim Blake Nelson).
Unlike the two previous Fantastic Four films that were directed by Tim Story, the reboot will be based primarily on the Ultimate Marvel version of the Fantastic Four’s origins, in which the team are much younger when they gain their powers during a lab experiment with teleportation. The film stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic), Kate Mara as Sue Storm (Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm (Human Torch), and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm (The Thing).
There’s been some confusion surrounding the portrayal of Fantastic Four villain Doctor Doom, with many fans left angered when Kebbell revealed his new character name and occupation as a programmer and blogger who uses “Doom” as his online handle. In the trailer it was revealed that Victor Domashev works for Dr. Franklin Storm alongside the Fantastic Four, and he was briefly seen wearing his traditional visage and hood.
Quite a lot of details flashed by in the space of the two minutes, but fortunately Live for Films has posted some high-res stills showing each of the Fantastic Four showing off their powers, as well as an image of Doom in his villain attire.
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In addition to her ability to turn invisible, Sue Storm also demonstrated use of forcefields and the apparent ability to fly, and the above still of her squaring off against her brother appears to be the start of the fight scene between the two characters. Meanwhile Bell’s performance as the Thing will largely be motion capture for a fully CG creation, unlike the previous films where Michael Chiklis donned a forty pound foam suit for the role.
If Victor Domashev follows the same arc as Doctor Doom in the Ultimate comics, the strange mask he appears to be wearing may actually be his real face. In the source material, the same accident which gives the Fantastic Four their powers causes Victor to develop metallic skin and cloven hooves instead of feet. Creepy.
Fantastic Four hits theaters August 7th, 2015.
Source: Live for Films