In 2005 and 2007 respectively, we were given two mediocre superhero flicks in the form of Fantastic Four and its sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer. In August 2015, the franchise is getting a reboot, with Chronicle director Josh Trank at the helm, and this first glimpse is incredibly intriguing.
The early Fantastic Four outings were, though flawed, quite a lot of comic book fun, with huge characters and amusing dialogue. From this two-minute teaser, the franchise reboot looks a lot more serious. Throughout, we get only glances at the super-powered team, with Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller) stretching offscreen, The Thing (Jamie Bell) bursting from rock, The Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan) bursting into flame, and a ‘blink and you miss it’ clip of The Invisible Woman (Kate Mara) throwing a force field.
It’s actually quite hard to tell it’s a superhero film, with much of the focus of the trailer on the team’s humanity rather than their superhuman qualities, with each of the much younger ensemble appearing. Not much of the plot is revealed, but we do see the pods that will catapult the four into an alternate universe where they will acquire their powers.
Whether or not this is the first stage in 20th Century Fox’s creation of a shared universe to rival Marvel and DC’s own (Fox owns the X-Men franchise as well) remains to be seen, but this first look is very promising. Though we don’t actually see all that much, the trailer definitely demonstrates a darker tone for the film to come, something that could very well work and be the launching pad for a successful series of films.
Fantastic Four will be out in the UK later this year on August 6th.