For true believers in Fresno and all over the world, the wait is finally over. After months of controversial casting decisions, confusion directorial notes, and the studio’s firm stance on keeping absolutely everything about this production under lock and key, the very first teaser trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot has finally been released online.
The trailer, which can be viewed here, opens with a series of images of New York City, a mountainscape, the Grimm family house, a rural countryside, and a sophisticated laboratory found in a boy’s basement, followed immediately by a highly advanced one years in the future. Over all of these images, and throughout the entire trailer, we hear a narration by a voice that reminds this examiner of Benedict Cumberbatch, but more likely it is the voice of Victor Domashev, a.k.a. Doctor Doom (played by Toby Kebbel). The narration talks about mankind’s desire to discover, invent and build. The says that furthering these ideals is important to our future, a responsibility that resets on the shoulders of generations to come. And yet, the voice over warns that with every new discover comes risk, sacrifice, and consequences.
As this narration plays out, we are shown images of human test subjects entering some sort of prototype chamber for an experiment. We are then shown some sort of government briefing room, clearly going over the upcoming experiment. Joining the main laboratory where this experiment is taking place in a very young but exceptionally brilliant scientist named Reed Richard (played by Miles Teller), while watching to monitors in the young Susan Storm (played by Kate Mara). We are also shown two more young men; playing baseball is Reed’s best friend Ben Grimm (played by Jaime Bell) and working on an expensive-looking car in Sue’s brother Johnny Storm (played by Michael B. Jordan). It is presumed that these four are the ones shown putting on containment uniforms as they enter the chamber for the experiment, along with at least two other suited individuals not identified, although it is possible that they may be Doom and Harvey Elder (played by Tim Blake Nelson). The experiment, under supervision by Dr. Franklin Storm (played by Reg E. Cathy), somehow goes wrong, and we see our four protagonists showing signs of gaining unusual powers, including Ben transforming into a giant monster composed entirely out of rock, Johnny’s body suddenly bursting into flame, Sue crating a force field of energy around herself, and Reed reaching out with his arm as if he is stretching it beyond it’s limits.
Curiously, there is also some sort of shockwave going through New York, and the four climbing a mountain in what appears to be another dimension. After the title screen comes up, We see Reed standing in a room with someone else laying on a bed, warning Reed to be ready for what’s coming. When Reed asks what is coming, the response he receives is “The answers.” This brings us to the final shot of the trailer where we seen the Fantastic Four in what is apparently their new uniforms, including Ben Grimm fully covered in rock as the Thing, all with their back to camera as they look up at some sort of energy portal.
Up until the release of this trailer, word of mouth about this new Fantastic Four film has been either poor or virtually non-existent. All the interviews from the cast and director Josh Trank (the man who had previously directed Chronicle) suggested that the film would deviate significantly from the classic source material from Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s original run on the comics. However, having seen the trailer, this examiner suspects that this will help garner renewed interest in the film as it suggests that this will be a far more serious and modern, and much, much less comedic take on the Fantastic Four than what was seen in the previous two films directed by Tim Story, or the unreleased 1994 film produced by Roger Corman. Whatever the case, this examiner is excited to see what Trank and Twentieth Century Fox have in store for this latest reinvention of Marvel’s First Family.
The Fantastic Four is currently slated for release on August 7, 2015.