20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four movie franchise reboot started courting controversy early on during its development; at this point, there’s very little about the comic book adaptation that hasn’t prompted heated debate among hardcore fans of the Marvel superhero property, at some point. Fortunately, the movie’s release is just a week away (at the time of writing this), so everyone will find out soon enough if the F4 reboot was even worthy of the publicity it received during its pre-release.
Fantastic Four (2015) takes its cues from the Ultimate Fantastic Four Marvel comic books released in the 2000s; meaning, in the film, the eponymous characters are young adults who gain extraordinary abilities after they participate in an experiment that requires them to travel to another dimension. Reed Richards (Miles Teller) is the child prodigy-turned brilliant young scientist leading the charge, though even he isn’t certain about what the final result will be (as the clip above teases), just before Reed and his team head to the “N-Zone” (as it’s known in the UF4 comic books).
Rounding out the Fantastic Four (2015) main cast are Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm, a fellow young (and brilliant) scientific mind who works alongside Reed on his inter-dimensional travel work; Michael B. Jordan (Creed) as Johnny Storm, Sue’s talented but wild-child brother; Jamie Bell (Turn) as Ben Grimm, Reed’s longtime friend and the brawn to his brains; and Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Victor Domashev, the member of Reed’s team who decides to use his newfound super-powers for not so noble purposes.
To learn about the backstory for Teller’s Reed Richards, watch the Fantastic Four featurette below:
The second of these recent Fantastic Four featurette (see above) presents “leaked” information from the Department of Defense and the Baxter Institute’s studies of Reed and his team, after the latter’s dimension-hopping takes an unexpected turn. It’s another testament to the approach that screenwriter Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and director Josh Trank (Chronicle) took to adapting the Marvel property on the big screen, which included grounding the F4’s super-powers in real science as much as possible. How much that research is reflected in the final theatrical cut of the film, of course, remains to be seen.
Fox will lift the Fantastic Four review embargo on Wednesday, August 5th, just under two days before the movie debuts in U.S. theaters; for comparison’s sake, Jurassic World‘s review embargo was lifted near the beginning of the week it bowed in theaters (before the film went on to become the box office success of Summer 2015). There is the possibility that Fox is holding the film back long enough to prevent negative buzz from spreading too rapidly ahead of its arrival, though the studio is reportedly working on a plan to cross-over the Fantastic Four and X-Men movie franchises at some point. Again, by this time next week, we should start to form a clear picture with regard to the likelihood of such a cross-over, based on the initial reception for F4.
Until then, enjoy the latest international Fantastic Four TV spots to hit the ‘Net:
Fantastic Four opens in theaters on August 7, 2015, followed by Deadpool on February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018.
Source: 20th Century Fox, Yahoo! Movies