Marvel Studios is preparing to unleash its third phase of movies and Warner Bros. is massively expanding its DC Extended Universe, while 20th Century Fox is also working to give its comic book characters new life on the big screen. With Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse (the conclusion to the First Class trilogy) and multiple solo mutant films on the way, it’s clear Fox has invested in its Marvel characters. However, one movie is receiving an especially big amount of attention from fans: director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot.
Fantastic Four has prompted mixed reactions from fans, but Fox has placed a lot of faith in this reboot, having already announced a sequel for 2017. As the comic book movie’s opening weekend gets closer and closer, the studio is making sure Fantastic Four is on everyone’s radar by releasing a plethora of trailers and even a featurette about origins of the film’s superheroes and the cast bringing them to life (Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell).
Fox has now released yet another Fantastic Four TV spot featuring a fair amount of previously-unreleased footage (see above). Titled “We’re Not The Ones To Fear”, the latest spot highlights two key parts of Fantastic Four’s narrative (by X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg): the U.S. government not entirely trusting people with powers, and the rise of Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell).
The latest Fantastic Four TV spot makes it clear the Fantastic Four will work with the government at some point in the film – or at least have an uneasy alliance with them – but this video also shows the relationship between the two groups will be off to a very rocky start, when Reed Richards (Teller) and his team first develop a variety of abilities.
Seeing as Doctor Doom also gains immense powers (Reed states the foe is more powerful than any of the heroes in recent F4 trailers), it’s fair to assume this villain’s emergence is what will make the U.S. government strike an alliance with the Fantastic Four. Past F4 TV spots and trailers have also gone for a more sci-fi heavy tone, but this new preview boasts upbeat electronic music as it strings together clips of action that have been seen in previous videos.
Initial claims that Doctor Doom is a hacker – claims Toby Kebbell now says are untrue – and not the powerful, imposing, and confident leader of the fictional country Latveria (depicted in F4 comics) left many fans upset. However, with each passing video and statements from Kebbell (see his claim that Doctor Doom would “destroy” Thor), it’s become clearer that this new Doctor Doom is indeed quite powerful (see him blocking a massive barrage of projectile attacks with one hand in the F4 reboot trailer footage). Whether or not the handling of the character’s personality is just as impressive, that remains to be seen.
Fantastic Four opens in theaters on August 7, 2015, followed by Deadpool on February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 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