20th Century Fox showcases the success of their X-Men films but there’s another little franchise they have in their pocket – the Fantastic Four. There’s no official marketing for their upcoming reboot, directed by Josh Trank, leaving many to speculate about and even dismiss it. However, the teaser trailer was released this morning which you can watch below.
This trailer couldn’t be farther from the first two Fantastic Four films by Fox. It’s dark, accompanied by a somber score of piano and strings, and a mysterious voiceover saying: “How did we get this far? Human beings have an immeasurable desire to discover, to invent, to build. Our future depends on us furthering these ideas. Our responsibility that rests on the shoulders of generations to come.” Many believe this is the voice of Reg E. Cathey who plays Dr. Franklin Storm, the father of Sue and Johnny.
That quote gets to the core of this team, which is promising. The members of the Fantastic Four have always been about science, exploration, and space adventures. It’s a family dynamic set in world of alien contact. That last line of the quote is a reference to the age of our four heroes – considerably younger than we’re used to seeing them.
It’s pretty clear that the movie is based on the Ultimate Fantastic Four (Earth-1610, or the Ultimate Universe, is one of Marvel’s many alternate universes set in their Multiverse), which features a younger cast of characters. In this universe, the Fantastic Four got their powers via teleporting to another dimension, rather than a cosmic cloud in space, which seems hinted at in this trailer.
The trailer may be two minutes long but it’s a teaser trailer through and through. The only one of the four who speaks in the trailer is Reed Richards (Miles Teller), simply asking: “What is coming?” We see Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordon) engulfed in flames a few times, some invisible force fields that are probably Sue Storm (Kate Mara), shots of The Thing (Jamie Bell), and what looks like Reed stretching his arm in one of the last shots.
That’s pretty much it in the way of recognizable shots. There’s nothing with Victor von Doom in the trailer. Still, this teaser certainly gives us plenty to look at and, if anything, it will be an interesting film for its cinematography. Though I do hope we’ll see some of the humor and family dynamics that make this team so great.
Critics and fans are already split. Some say the trailer is boring and that it reminds them too much of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, while others seem genuinely impressed and shocked, after all the rumors and dismissal around this film. I’m in the latter camp. I feel stumped more than anything, but definitely intrigued to see more. This film may shock us yet.
The Fantastic Four is set to come out on August 7th, directed by Josh Trank and starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, and Reg E. Cathey.
What do you think of the trailer? Are you looking forward to this movie now? Let us know in the comments!