20th Century Fox revealed the first teaser trailer early this morning for their upcoming film, Fantastic Four. The film, based on the Marvel comic books (specifically the Ultimate line) has seen much critical derision and anger from fans of the comic. Fantastic Four seemingly cannot catch a break with complaints about Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Doom portrayed as an angsty blogger, and Marvel cancelling the comics in hopes to derail Fox’s efforts. In all honesty, Fantastic Four was not one of the major summer releases that I was anticipating, nor interested in. Sure, I’d go see it (it is a Marvel film, after all, despite having no attachment to the much grander MCU). But was I speaking about with enthusiastic reverence and fervor such as Ant-Man? Absolutely not!
When I saw the teaser this morning, and having viewed it three times by the time of this writing, I can honestly admit my error in judging this film. However, my praise does come with a sense of discretion and criticism. The teaser looks “fantastic” and this fan is now looking forward to this just as much as the other films I’m counting down to. The look, tone, and score (Any Broadchurch fans out there? The teaser employs the theme for the short-lived series) capture a sense of the unknown, danger, and adventure that you’d hope for a smart, sci-fi action film. Fantastic Four is directed by Josh Trank and his version already is light years away from the Tim Story series (starring Ioan Gruffud) and the Roger Corman movie. It’s evident that Trank will be delivering a decidedly different take on one of Marvel’s longest running comic books. His version seems more in the vein of Chronicle and the world of X-Men: First Class and has been said to be influenced by the films Scanners and The Fly. In fact the director has said that he is a huge David Cronenberg fan .
I, for one, am intrigued by the first look at Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four. And this is good way to look at it. Not necessarily as Marvel’s FF, but Josh Trank’s FF. If you are able to get past the obvious changes to the characters and treat this as its own film and not something based off an established series, then you’ll probably really enjoy it. Here is your first look at Fantastic Four!
Fantastic Four opens August 7, 2015. The film stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell.