‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Potential Story & Character Details [Updated]

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 3rd, 2014 at 8:07 am,

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[UPDATE: Josh Trank says the leaked Fantastic Four synopsis is not accurate.]

It took a while, but the Fantastic Four movie reboot looks to be moving down the tracks smoothly now. The script is finished, official casting announcements should be coming in a matter of weeks (days, maybe), and multiple outlets have now reported that award-winner Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) is attached to play literal hotshot Johnny Storm/Human Torch in the film.

The report that F4 reboot director Josh Trank wanted to reunite with Jordan (who starred in Trank’s feature debut Chronicle) originally hit the news scene some 9-10 months ago, from the time of writing this. Trank started developing the film well before then, and if new potential story details are indeed the real deal, then it makes all the more sense as to why Trank is handling this particular Marvel comic book adaptation (and why he would want to reteam with a talented youngster like Jordan).

Acting Auditions has posted a casting call for 20th Century Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four movie franchise, claiming that all roles – “starring, costarring and supporting roles” – are technically up for grabs right now, with the exception of The Human Torch – a role that Jordan is attached to, according to the latest trade source report. The audition notice asserts that production will begin in and around Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on February 4th, which is earlier than the March 2014 start date previously reported.

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It may be best to keep that discrepancy in mind, as far as why there’s still reasonable doubt to be had with regard to the accuracy of the synopsis included with the casting call (even though it seems pretty legit, otherwise).

UPDATE: Trank has responded to the rumored F4 plot synopsis on Twitter:

“The Fantastic Four’ will tell the story of two very young friends, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm. After an event transforms the boys, they find themselves empowered with bizarre new abilities. Reed becomes a scientific genius who can stretch, twist and re-shape his body to inhuman proportions. Ben becomes a monstrous, craggy humanoid with orange, rock-like skin and super strength. However, the two end up being owned by the government and used as weapons. But after they mature, two others with powers come into the picture – Sue Storm “The Invisible Girl” and Johnny Storm “The Human Torch.”

Early signs have pointed to the F4 reboot’s script – written by relative newcomer Jeremy Slater and revised by Fox’s Marvel Universe architect Simon Kinberg – taking its cues from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book continuity, as evidenced by 20-somethings like Miles Teller (That Awkward Moment) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) being in the running to play a fresh-faced Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, like in the Ultimate F4 universe.

The above plot blurb falls in line with that assumption, as the Ultimate version of Reed Richards is a child genus who was essentially recruited by the government at a young age – before the accident that gave him superpowers occurred – while Ultimate-verse Ben Grimm befriended Reed early in life and often served as his protector while they were in school together (before the same accident that transformed Reed also turned Ben into a giant, orange, rocky… well, thing).

Michael B Jordan in Chronicle Fantastic Four Reboot Potential Story & Character Details [Updated]

The main cast of ‘Chronicle’

Adding a coming of age subtext to the Fantastic Four’s origin story (as the synopsis indicates) seems like a reasonable approach to expect from Trank, whose influence on the project should be observable even after Kinberg’s retooling of the script. Indeed, a potential F4 movie along these lines would be something of a logical progression from Trank’s exploration of the teenage existence in found-footage/super-powers mashup Chronicle.

Similarly, it would make sense for the relationship between the four superheroes and the government to be firmly established in the film reboot. Fox’s X-Men movie franchise has long played on the idea of a shaky relationship between mutants and the government, so if there’s ever going to be a crossover between the F4 and X-Men universes onscreen – and there very well may be one down the line – it might be best for at least one of the super-powered groups to have the authorities on their side (for potential conflict’s sake, anyway).

But, of course, these details could also be incorrect and have been put together based on reasoning similar to that which is presented here. So, keep that grain of salt at the ready, and let us know what you think of these possible story/character details in the comments section – as we await more official news arriving in the near future.


Fantastic Four opens in theaters on June 19, 2015

Source: Acting Auditions

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  1. When was johnny storm black ? does that mean his sister is going to be too ?

  2. NEXT Steve buscemi as black panther

    • Ha!

    • No, Jake Gyllenhaal for Black Panther. (sarcasm)

      Here’s two ways they could change his origin.

      1. the boy and his parents are flying over Wakanda, their planes crashes which is witnessed by T’Chaka, the parents are killed on impact but the boy is just injured and weakly gets out of the plane, just then a panther comes out of nowhere and attacks the boy, T’Chaka just stands there expecting the boy to be killed, surprisingly the boy manages to kill the panther, T’Chaka takes this as a sign and raises the boy as his own son.

      2. When he is a boy, His parents are zoologists on safari in Wakanda they take him with them, his parents are also close friends with the Wakandian Royal Family, a huge vibranium meteorite falls from the sky and causes a stampede in which his parents are killed, he is gravely injured, the doctor fixes him up as best as he can but will die without a blood transfusion he has a very rare blood type which they have none in stock and the only available donor is the king himself so the king gives him his blood. The king’s biological son is also in the stampede he survives but loses a hand. The King then shuts off the country from outsiders. The king and queen adopt the boy. Years later the king’s biological son is caught selling vibranium to outsiders and banished. The king then dies and then the boy now called T’Challa becomes the Black Panther, the biological son returns now calling himself Klaw.

  3. I would like to see movie, where Reed, Sue are scientists (like in ultimate marvel) and Ben Grimm is Reed’s childhood friend and now a military liason for Reed’s scientist team. Johnny would be an astronaut-in-training and hence be part of the team (besides being Sue’s brother).
    The military has hired Richards’ team to build teleporter, but testing it goes horribly wrong and the testing team (F4) are sent to different parts to the world (like in ultimate comics) and after military has gathered them they are attacked by Mole Man and his creations (Mole Man was military’s top scientist before he started to do “inhuman” stuff). F4 defeat the monsters and capture Mole Man and they become celebs.
    After movie-scene all this will be observed by man in the iron mask, who mumbles “richards”

    • this is much closer to what it actually is

  4. I hope this fails hard so they give up on this like gave up on Daredevil and Disney can have it.

  5. If this does turn out to be the plot they’re going with, then I’ll look forward to seeing it when it comes out on Nickelodeon.

  6. Ok, I have no problem with black actors. and I do like Jordan’s previous work in the industry. I don’t even have a problem with them changing the origins because it does follow the Ultimates storyline of origins from what I understand (I haven’t actually read any ultimate FF), although I do prefer the old origin. My problem is that nowhere in the history of the FF has Johnny been black. And you can’t use the Nick Fury example because in the Ultimate universe Nick Fury is black. In fact the writers said that they used Samuel Jackson as a basis for the look of that character when they first created him in the ultimate comics, so that is actually perfect casting.
    I will of course go see this movie no matter what I think of it as I am a big fan of Hollywood bringing comic book based property to the big screen. I will just have to suffer through my disappointment if they do have a black Johnny Storm (and I would assume Sue being his sister would be black also) and hope that the story is done well.

    • Fun fact: They actually had to get Samuel L. Jackson’s permission to use his likeness, and part of the deal included that Samuel L. Jackson got right of first refusal for if they ever used Nick Fury in a movie.

  7. I hope they postpone the film until 2016 just to see which film gets to be the worst, The Batfleck or this F4 Crap.

    • or it really wasn’t you twat

      • Hahaha.

      • Grow up and get a funny bone, it was meant as a joke.

        I would also like to point out that are breaking one of the few rules of this site (written in bold right above the text box, “Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.” If you can’t manage to follow them and reply in a less offensive manner I would suggest finding another place to comment.

  8. I think this film is going to get away from Trank. We’ve seen it before. A director has a single hit and is handed the reigns to a mega budget film and it tanks. Someone with this little experience in big budget motion pictures is going to make mistakes. On a small film they can be forgiven. We are already seeing the signs…

  9. I’m a Marvel fan. But I think I’ll wait this one till its on cable.

  10. no Chris Evans in the The Fantastic Four (2015) i’m abit sad he was one of my favourite );

    • I much prefer him as Cap.