Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot was the first thing in mind when it came time for our 5 Big Geek Movie Questions for 2015, since it’s the first big superhero movie to have literally nothing to show for itself just months out from release. But as the first trailer approaches, the shroud of secrecy is going to fall away and the marketing machine is going to reveal all that fans (and naysayers) have been waiting to dissect.
The first Fantastic Four trailer will arrive with Kingsman: The Secret Service, which hits US theaters around Valentine’s Day, but UK theaters on January 29th. That means we could definitely see a cut of the F4 trailer on Super Bowl Sunday – or at least online around that time.
For those wondering what the Fantastic Four trailer may entail, a Twitter user named “G@BRIELGR@Y” has posted a reaction that would suggest he’s seen a cut of the footage.
@petr_hruby Couldn't be more different from the last incarnation, loose camera work, fast and gritty. Looks good, not to be written off.— G@BRIELGR@Y (@GBRIELGRY) January 25, 2015
G@BRIELGR@Y has a history of breaking such scoops online, so this SPOILER-FREE description of the trailer is not entirely without merit. It also falls in line with what we’ve previously heard from those involved with the film, including writer/producer Simon Kinberg, producer Matthew Vaughn, or various members of the cast. The general consensus seems to be that director Josh Trank (Chronicle) has attempted to ground (so to speak) the superpowered nature of the F4 mythos – in much the same way he did the psychic powers of teen metahumans in Chronicle. Check out that film’s original trailer for a memory jog:
On a larger blockbuster scale, a concept like what’s seen above could definitely translate into a unique superhero movie experience. And yet, even great visuals won’t necessarily overcome the changes to the characters, their origins, or even iconic Marvel villains like Toby Kebbell’s Doctor Doom – all of which have fans looking at this project as an invalid representation of the brand.
Collider had a chance to speak with Trank, who had his to say about the film:
JOSH TRANK: I think a lot of that stuff is stemming from the fact that we’ve consciously decided to not release anything official. This isn’t like The Avengers. Even when the first Avengers came out, there were four other movies that people were familiar with. The suits and the tone and the look and the feel. So they could release those things or drop them on Twitter. With Simon on the X-Men movies, there were other movies that came before the last X-Men movie so Bryan [Singer] could feel more confident in tweeting teases of what’s to come.
But this movie, we really want the audience to have the proper reaction to this material seeing it for the first time. You’ve really got to put your best foot forward. You can’t just leak an image to strike up a conversation. You want people to see something that has thought behind it. And the teaser should do just that. With conversations online, you can’t really control it. In this day and age people have come to expect that artists are going to give everybody information on Twitter about what they’re doing, but not every artist is like that. I’m not really like that. If I was painting a picture I wouldn’t want to take a picture of a single paint stroke. I’d rather show people what it looks like when it’s done.
… I would just like to add in terms of the question of pick-ups or the implication of issues at hand, we had a seventy-two day shoot for principal photography. We were on-schedule and on-budget and we had a great shoot. I run a really tight ship as a director because I take those days very seriously. I take every day very seriously in terms of what we need to accomplish, what we need to get done with the actors. And I just like being on time.
And if the proposed costumes on the following page are any indication, fans might outright rage at what Trank and Co. have planned…
Fantastic Four Costume Descriptions
Nerdist posted a video in which they claim to have a source close to the Fantastic Four reboot – a source who allegedly got a look at 3 out of the 4 costumes for the superhero team. Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller), Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan) and The Thing (Jamie Bell) are the three that were spotted, and Nerdist went so far as getting an artist’s rendering based on what their source saw.
These could be 3 of your Fantastic Four costumes:
Previous reports DO fall in line with what is seen above. During the Fall 2014 season, Michael B. Jordan was quoted as saying the following regarding the new Fantastic Four costumes:
It’s a new look. We are all in containment suits. It’s gritty. It’s a gritty film.
The costume process definitely took some time to get in and out of that thing, especially since I was bulking up. It was a little more snug during filming. We got through it man. It was a process, but we did it. It was hard work. I’m really excited about it, everyone is really happy. We worked hard for three months, put a lot of time into it. The script is very grounded and relatable to everybody, as much as you can. You really get a chance to grow with these characters. It’s an origin story. You get to discover these abilities – these disabilities rather – and grow with them.
Details in the drawings (and Nerdist‘s breakdown, which you can watch below) reveal that each suit is, er, suited to the respective character’s powers: springy open-ended long suit for Reed Richards; vented suit for Johnny Storm’s heat powers; and the never-ending challenge of finding pants for a rock man. The designs seem kitschy and retro like a Jack Kirby drawing from the ’60s (could just be the artist, admittedly) – but again, it begs the question: is this FANTASTIC FOUR?
For further consideration, compare the drawing of Michael B. Jordan to this Fanastic Four set image posted by Collider:
Not exact, but one can see where (with some added visual effects) we could definitely arrive at something like the version in drawing.
The debate about this reboot has so far had no clear winner, just divided lines between those wanting tradition, and those open to something new. Containment suits and an angle where these superpowers are some kind of metaphorical disability sounds like something far and away from the themes of the comics (with exception of The Thing, of course); on the other hand, it does sound like a concept that would make the F4 team better fit a Fantastic Four/X-Men shared movie universe.
Fantastic Four will be in theaters on August 7, 2015.