There was a time when Chronicle director Josh Trank and X-Men: Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg's Fantastic Four movie reboot was shrouded in secrecy. Those days when the film wrapped without a single leaked photo, paparazzi snap or official images teasing Fox's latest superhero movie/comic book adaptation all seem like a distant memory now.
As the release date for Fantastic Four gets closer and closer, the usual media blitz has begun its bombardment, with posters and trailers dropping left and right, along with fresh rumors about the franchise's future (see: a possible crossover with the X-Men movies).
Before they get ahead of themselves, though, 20th Century Fox have released a new set of teasers that pull back the curtain a little and actually introduce each of the FF in turn. There's not a great deal of new footage in these new clips, but it's still nice to see the spotlight shined on each character in turn, beginning with Miles Teller as Reed Richards, aka Mr Fantastic, the stretchy genius seen in the clip above.
Second is Billy Elliot star Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, alias The Thing. The British actor had to bulk up considerably to play Reed's childhood friend (and, in all likelihood, protector from bullies), and that's before the F4 special effects team turned him into a giant rock monster by way of CGI.
Michael B. Jordan's Johnny Storm, the soaring Human Torch, looks more supremely confident than arrogant, as per his comic book predecessor. There's not a whole lot of new footage in this teaser that hasn't been used in previous trailers (mechanic Johnny tooling around in a sports car, flaming on for the first time and so on), but it's still a thrill to see him flying about leaving a trail of embers behind him.
Last but not least is Sue Storm, better known as the Invisible Woman, played by Kate Mara of House Of Cards fame. Besides being able to ace any game of hide-and-seek, this teaser draws attention to another aspect of Sue's power set: force fields which can crumple huge shipping containers like they were paper.
The teasers aren't exactly overflowing with new moments from Fantastic Four, but isolating certain scenes and characters that were only glimpsed briefly in previous trailers means fans and new viewers alike will get some idea of who these troubled teen heroes are and what their deal is. Meanwhile, Toby Kebbell's villainous Doctor Doom continue to be kept a little more secret by comparison, but recent previews have focused more on the film's super-powered antagonist.
It's difficult to gauge the hype (or lack thereof) around Fantastic Four, although it's fair to say a reasonable chunk of the core audience has grown less skeptical, compared to when Fox was playing its cards close to the chest. Whether or not this special effects-heavy comic book movie ends up becoming a box office success - that's something that remains to be revealed.
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