Several upcoming superhero movies will have a presence at the 2015 Comic-Con International in San Diego, including 20th Century Fox’s fast-approaching Fantastic Four movie franchise reboot. The new F4 skipped out on SDCC in 2014, but with less than a month to go before the film’s theatrical release, there’s no doubt it will be highlighted at the ‘Con, this time around.
Fox’s SDCC 2015 panel will be held on Saturday, July 11th in Hall H, and should feature previously-unseen footage from Chronicle director Josh Trank’s cinematic ‘update’ of the Fantastic Four property. Meanwhile, the studio behind the movie is continuing with its marketing blitz, having now unleashed a fresh set of posters for the superhero film.
Trank’s Fantastic Four takes its cues from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic book continuity, which includes a revised origin story where the main heroes – Reed Richards (Mile Teller), Sue Storm (Kate Mara), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) – gain their powers after they travel to an alternate dimension. Meanwhile, their “former friend turned enemy” Victor (Toby Kebbell) Domashev joins them on said expedition, though he responds quite differently to the superhuman abilities he gains thereafter.
Check out the new Fantastic Four U.S. poster below, with the heroes front and center (and Kebbell’s Doctor Doom in the background), along with two additional international one-sheets:
The tagline on the above non-U.S. Fantastic Four posters (which translates from French to English as “A New Era Begins”) alludes to Fox’s hope that Trank’s superhero movie will mark the beginning of something bigger – at the least, a sequel that already has a 2017 release date set. Similarly, rumors continue to circulate of plans for an X-Men/Fantastic Four movie crossover down the line, percolating behind closed doors. Hence, the name-dropping of X-Men: Days of Future Past on the posters may serve a purpose beyond associating Trank’s film with previous, successful, Fox/Marvel movie projects.
Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg also penned Fantastic Four, so there should be some coordination between Trank’s film and the recent X-Men movie (if only in terms of storytelling style and tone). Rebooting F4 hasn’t exactly been easy – what with the casting controversies, rumors of behind the scenes drama, and/or mixed reactions to the films’ marketing. However, if the final result in a critical/commercial success that expands Fox’s Marvel film brand, it’ll have been worth all that trouble.
Fantastic Four opens on August 7, 2015; Deadpool on February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 (not the official title) 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