Dubbed “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine,” the Fantastic Four is a unique blend of domestic drama/comedy, science fiction and self aware superheroics. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby blazed a trail in print of dynamic action and mind-blowing visuals along with strong characters delving into the unknown while trying to live under one roof without killing each other.
Of all the Marvel properties adapted for film, it should have been a runaway hit but both movies met with lackluster reception.
20th Century Fox has decided to relaunch the FF with Chronicle director Josh Trank and producer Mathew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) Rarely has a superhero movie been met with so much indifference. Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell star as Marvel’s first family in a reboot of the film franchise. The sequel is already green lit and a crossover with the X-Men is hopeful.
Not a bad trailer at all and this will certainly get the interest of many on the fence (and who don’t immediately say ‘I don’t really like the Fantastic Four, but-‘ before offering their two cents), but it’s rather heavy for what has traditionally been a lighter comic book. Without having seen Chronicle (yes, I do need to see it), the intention of making the team more ‘contemporary’ seems to have been read as ‘Nolan-ise it.’ So, just as we got a no-fun Superman movie, this may be a no-fun FF flick.
That’s not knocking it. But… I have to ask why?
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centres 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 new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
The Fantastic Four has an August 2015 release date.