When Fox debuted the first full-length trailer for their Fantastic Four reboot, director Josh Trank spoke about the design choices being made to modernize the classic Marvel Comics property. Part of that has to do with dropping the original ’60s era space travel story in exchange for an origin story based in inter-dimensional travel. The other key part of making the story and its characters more grounded in reality is in the practical design of their iconic outfits.
From the trailer and images released thus far for Trank’s vision of the Fantastic Four, the characters don’t sport traditional superhero outfits. They aren’t colorful and they don’t feature any team logos or the number “4.” They are instead described as containment suits that help each character control their unique abilities. That doesn’t mean however, that they won’t see a few costume changes throughout the film…
While promoting his current release The Divergent Series: Insurgent, Miles Teller, who plays Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic, in the new Fantastic Four spoke to ScreenCrush about the new outfits which he says are quite uncomfortable.
From early descriptions of Teller’s costume and what’s been depicted in photos (see above), this Mr. Fantastic getup appears to feature springs and wires to help him recall limbs as he stretches. We can only guess there’s an element of lack of control over his powers and that it may cause issues as he learns to adjust to his newfound physical attributes. Teller reveals that the dark colored costumes we’ve seen in the marketing will be worn by the characters for most of the film but hints that by the end, when the team is established, fans may see something a little more familiar.
“These are the beta versions of the costumes, which is great […] But, yeah it would be very odd if the Fantastic Four didn’t don the traditional costumes. You’ve got to. There is some servicing there. You’ve got to give that to the fans. That’s what it’s all about.”
While not an official confirmation or description of what to expect, Teller is teasing that Marvel Comics fans may see an established team wearing uniforms by the end of the movie. Since a sequel is already planned for 2017, it’s not surprising that this one – although a rather quick reboot – is a character-focused origin tale and mimics the Ultimate Marvel Comics version of the FF. In that incarnation, the team doesn’t refer to themselves as the “Fantastic Four” or use codenames for quite a long time after it began.
And by “traditional,” that may not necessarily mean tight blue suit with a big number “4” on their chests. Marvel Comics has featured many iterations of the team’s field outfits, include more modern designs like the following:
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Still, seeing the young scientists and explorers become heroes and celebrities will prove interesting when put in contrast to Fox’s other Marvel franchise, the X-Men, especially given that it’s all but confirmed that they will eventually crossover and share the same cinematic space. If anything, this may lend credence to the idea that the X-Men will suit up in traditional gear themselves, and maybe, just maybe, Hugh Jackman will get his wish of wearing a yellow Wolverine costume.