The Fantastic Four (2015)

Rating
PG-13
release date
Director
Josh Trank
Written by
Cast
Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Reg E. Cathey, Tim Blake Nelson, Toby Kebbell

Synopsis

A reboot of the Marvel property centered on four people who gain superpowers.

Fantastic Four tells the story of four people who travelled to Planet Zero and came back to earth with new-found abilities and capabilities. Released on August 7, 2015, the movie is based on the characters  were created by Stan Lee and Jake Kirby as a response to DC’s Justice League.  They were introduced in Marvel comics during the Silver Age of Comic Books.

In the 2015 movie, Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) are childhood best friends who started working on a prototype teleporter as kids. Reed provided the brains while Ben assisted in any way he can.  As young adults, they bring the invention to a science fair where the demonstration went wrong, but caught the attention of Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg. E Cathey).

Reed began to work with Dr. Storm at the Baxter Institute where he meets his daughter Sue (Kate Mara) and son Johnny (Michael B. Jordan) and another scientist, Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell).  Baxter Institute has been studying a planet which seems to be the same planet Reed’s teleporter has been going to.

Reed, Ben, Johnny and Victor begin an authorized trial of the machine they worked on and their expedition goes wrong. Sue saves them by transporting them back to Earth, but was not able to save Victor who was assumed dead.

An exposure caused Reed to be elastic, Johnny to be able to fly and turn into flame and Sue to become invisible and form a force shield. Ben begins to have extra power but his appearance also turned to that of a hardened stone. They began to be called Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, The Invisible Woman and The Thing respectively.

Von who begins to call himself Dr. Doom reappears and exhibit telekinetic powers. He decides he wants control of Earth and Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben work together to stop him earning the name, Fantastic Four.

The film was directed by Josh Trank and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. No follow-up film has been announced as of this writing.