The first of Screen Rant's five geek movie questions of 2015 is "Will Fantastic Four Shock the World?" It's a question born from the mystery surrounding Twentieth Century Fox's reboot of the Fantastic Four. From uncertainty built around multiple release date changes, a sequel already getting a release date and questions about its position and connectivity to Fox's X-Men franchise, there was reason to be concerned about the Marvel founding family after the previous attempt at a franchise came to a jarring halt after Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer opened in theaters in 2007.
The new Fantastic Four is being directed by Josh Trank who made a name for himself with the hit low budget, found footage super-powered thriller Chronicle. Outside of comparisons to Chronicle and a stellar cast of stars, there's been little to go on until yesterday when the first official FF photos released online alongside descriptions of the character costumes. We knew the Fantastic Four reboot trailer would be coming soon, attached to Fox's Kingsman: The Secret Service when it opens in theaters in February but last night we heard it would release online today. And it did.
The timing couldn't be better given our discussion on Fantastic Four on this week's episode of the Screen Rant Underground podcast and the teaser clarifies a lot of the questions we've raised ourselves. Firstly, this Fantastic Four is clearly not shot in the same found footage vein of Chronicle and the characters do have "costumes" of sorts which seem practically designed around their abilities and work in their lab. In fact, the visual aesthetic and tone that matches that of the X-Men and the teaser looks interesting, dramatic and downright appealing.
And yes, there's a shot of Ben Grimm as the CGI Thing (orange color and all). Here are the official stills:
If it wasn't clear from rumors and vague descriptions of the plot of this take on The Fantastic Four, the trailer confirms that the movie will be following the origin story of the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, where Reed Richards is a young genius who helps discover and develop teleportation technology. As a result, instead of the original Fantastic Four origin of the characters flying to the moon and getting hit by a cosmic rays which grand them powers, they instead teleport to another dimension where they are mutated. The trailer seems to follow that plot threat closely. That also means, with the younger team, there's likely a new dynamic. The team has mentors and Sue Storm may be more of a leader this time around than on the original incarnation.
Official Fantastic Four Plot Synopsis
A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Josh Trank directs Fantastic four from a screenplay by Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg and himself. It's produced by Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Robert Kulzar, Gregory Goodman and stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell.
Fantastic Four opens August 7, 2015, Deadpool on February 12, 2016, X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016, Gambit is coming October 7, 2016, The Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017, Fantastic Four 2 on June 2, 2017, and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13th, 2018.