Every year, fans flock to San Diego for Comic-Con International where many of the major studios bring new trailers, footage, photos and casts along to promote any upcoming features. At the 2015 ‘Con, attendees in Hall H ended up being treated to a first look at Warner Bros. Studios and DC Entertainment’s Suicide Squad along with a new trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
On the other side of comic book heavyweights, Marvel Studios took the year off, giving up their Saturday night slot to DC television. However, 20th Century Fox brought their slate of Marvel characters to the con with Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and X-Men: Apocalypse. In the Fantastic Four portion of the presentation, the cast talked about their characters and debuted a new trailer.
Fantastic Four director Josh Trank and producer/Fox’s X-Men universe architect Simon Kinberg took the Hall H stage along with Miles Teller (Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic), Kate Mara (Sue Storm a.k.a. The Invisible Woman), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm a.k.a. The Human Torch), Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm a.k.a. The Thing) and Toby Kebbell (Victor Domashev a.k.a. Doctor Doom). The cast and crew spoke about the motivations behind the film, the theme of family, and what to expect when the film debuts later this summer.
- Trank said he wanted to “show a side of the characters that I had never seen before, the more tragic side of the story.”
- Kinberg described Fantastic Four as as “grounded, dramatic” and an emotional, character-driven story, saying it’s “more science than science fiction.”
- Also speaking to its tone, Mara said the movie will be “darker than people are used to.”
- Mara was drawn to the role of Sue due to the family aspect of the film; Jordan referenced Fantastic Four as “being Marvel’s first family” calling the movie “a modern version of a family.”
- Bell described Ben as the muscle of the group and the “best version of a hero, one that looks out for his friends and protects his friends.”
- Kebbell called Doctor Doom the “best villain of all time in any comic book ever.” He explained that Doom is driven by ego and a need to be the best, so he finds conflict when Reed stands in his way.
Following the panel, the new trailer was shown, shedding more light on the characters by showing younger versions, particularly of Reed and how he evolved into the socially awkward scientist seen in earlier trailers. The comic-con footage also features more of the team using their powers and their time on another planet. Most notably, the final trailer features a better look at Doctor Doom as well as an action sequence with the Human Torch apparently moving at the speed of light.
Much of what was said at the comic-con panel by the cast, Trank and Kinberg has largely been said before about Fantastic Four. Whether it was the film’s darker tone, updating of the characters for a modern audience or the theme of family, these topics have long been a part of the discussion surrounding the film. That being said, the cast did provide more insight into their characters, which may be compelling to certain fans.
As for the new trailer, reactions seem to be mixed with some attendees saying the new footage will excite fans while others say it fell flat. Although the Fantastic Four trailer didn’t win over the entire crowd – unlike other Hall H presentations today – fans at home won’t be able to make up their own minds until the footage hits the web. However, with only a few weeks left before Fantastic Four hits theaters, it’s likely the final trailer will be online sooner rather than later.
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.