Fantastic Four is a Marvel property that is pretty much in a Schrödinger’s cat situation; that’s to say it’s in a state of being somewhere between new life (via a movie reboot), and death (of the comic book series). With such little official information on either front it’s hard to know what the outcome will be; however, we’re starting to get more and more info both on what’s happening with Josh Trank’s new reboot, and the Marvel Comics series.
One of the more controversial aspects of The Fantastic Four reboot has been the casting – especially African-American actor Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) taking over the role of Johnny Storm/Human Torch. We’ve gotten hints at how Johnny (black) and Kate Mara’s Sue Storm (white) can be considered family – as well the possible new origin story for how our heroes (and villain Doctor Doom) first gain their powers – but little more than that, really.
Today we have an update on what the new Fantastic Four costumes may look like – but more importantly, it seems that a pretty controversial story about what Marvel might be doing to the Fantastic Four comic book is suddenly looking more true than false. That rumor? Marvel is canceling the Fantastic Four comic book.
Michael B. Jordan has been practically hounded with questions about taking on the role of Johnny Storm – but he continues to be level headed and consistent in his insistence that – when all is said and done – fans are going to be happy with how all the changes to the source material results in an epic F4 movie. Now he’s revealing a bit of detail on what the new Fantastic Four team costumes will look like. Spoilers: don’t expect blue spandex:
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.
The 2005 Fantastic Four film dealt with the hardships involved with suddenly gaining superpowers – but it was admittedly tackled in light brushstrokes, in what is arguably a light film. The Fantastic Four reboot is seemingly drawing from the Ultimate continuity, which is indeed a bit different and more modern/practical than the campy/kitschy 1960s original version.
As for the costumes? The term “containment suits” are going to throw some fans off, but the characters have seen several costume changes in the last few years (Future Foundation, Ultimate F4) so that these shouldn’t be all that much different.
Given Jordan’s description of snugness, we’re still expecting something form-fitting – just maybe with added function that simple spandex suits fail to provide. (Honestly, spandex suits fail to support pretty much any logic for an onscreen hero’s dress code.) We don’t expect the F4 to be doing sumo-style battle in hazmat suits or anything like that.
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