20th Century Fox Releases ‘Fantastic Four’ Teaser, Here’s a Geek’s Take

By January 27, 2015
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This morning, 20th Century Fox finally gave a lot of anxious comic book fans their first look at Fantastic Four. the third big budget comic book adaptation focusing on Marvel Comics’ “first family,” involving the characters of Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing. Watch it below:

The film, directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), has been kind of an odd duck among the comic book and geek communities because of Fox’s very strange elusiveness regarding what it would look like, and what it would be about. Essentially, it’s an origin story for the four principle characters, but it seems to have a rather strong desire to take things in a different direction from what fans know and expect from the characters of this franchise. While the casting of actor Michael B. Jordan seemed to cause a minor uproar with a very small sect of comic book fandom for changing the race of the Human Torch, most comics fans seemed to agree that the film could use as many good cast members as it could get. Jordan definitely fits that bill with wonderful performances in films like Chronicle and the tragic Fruitvale Station.

 

No, the bigger concerns for this upcoming film had to be with this film’s story, for which rumors continue to circulate about it being a radical departure from the source material. Still, the first two major FF films — directed by Tim Story and starring the likes of Jessica Alba and Chris Evans — stayed relatively faithful to the comic book origins of the characters, but the films themselves weren’t particularly well-received. Reverence will only take you so far, and with 20th Century Fox previously stating that they want their new Fantastic Four existing in the same universe with their already popular X-Men franchise, they want the new film to be successful. Maybe they think that going for broke and trying to create something different, yet familiar is the way to go.

As for the trailer itself, it certainly looks like care and attention was provided to it, but it would’ve been nice to see more, especially since we’re relatively close to the film’s release (about 6 months). For comparison, the recently released first teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released over a year before that film is slated to hit theaters, and other major superhero films like The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel also released their first teasers about the same amount of time beforehand. The upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron got a very loose teaser announcing the title and villain of that film nearly two years before its scheduled release, which was still more official information than we’d had from Fox’s latest effort.

Fantastic Four will be released on August 7th, 2015, and stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell. At the end of the day, this first taste is merely a teaser, which should be kept in mind. Hopefully, this will be a great entry in the superhero film genre, but we just won’t know until it’s released, and that may be especially true of this film if Fox continues to hold their cards so close to their proverbial chest.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.