Simon Kinberg Says New ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Will Be A “Coming Of Age” Story

By April 21, 2014

This past weekend at WonderCon, writer/producer Simon Kinberg filled in the holes about what exactly will be going on with the Fantastic Four film reboot.


We already knew the new version would feature a younger cast with (clockwise above) Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as her brother, Johnny (a bold move of colorblind casting), and Jamie Bell as The Thing – but what we didn’t know is what exactly this had to do with anything…until now.

Kinberg spoke about why the filmmakers chose to go with a younger cast this time around, saying, “So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is…They’re older than high school, but they’re not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming of age story.” That makes sense as Dr. Doom will be played this time around by Toby Kebbell (Wrath Of The Titans) and Kinberg hints that we may get to see HIS origin as well and says that THIS version is “in some ways, a reboot; in other ways, just a standalone origin story. By the end of the movie — we really don’t call them the Fantastic Four, they’re not celebrity superheroes.”

Kinberg told IGN he wants this new film to be a bit darker than the previous Fantastic Four films: “The tone of the movie is much more grounded and real and gritty, more in the direction of Chronicle (also directed by Trank) than in the direction of the original “Fantastic Four” movies. So it is about how really four — and in some ways five, you know, with Victor Von Doom — how five people go from being normal people in the world to being transformed into something, sort of, when it first happens, abnormal and then by the end superhuman.”

And of course when asked the age-old question of crossing over into another Fox/Marvel IP like “X-Men,” Kinberg said it would be a challenge, but never say never.

There’s an inherent challenge combining ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘X-Men’ in the movie universe because they sort of exist in different planes or dimensions even. Like in the ‘Fantastic Four’ world, it’s a contemporary world, there’s no mention of mutants because otherwise they wouldn’t be that fantastic. And then in the ‘X-Men’ world, as we’ve seen, there aren’t any famous celebrity superhero Fantastic Four.

This all sounds well and good but I wasn’t a huge fan of the first two “Fantastic Four” films (Fantastic Four, Rise Of The Silver Surfer), DEFINITELY wasn’t a fan of the Sue Storm casting choice in Jessica Alba (though Chris Evans was spot on as Johnny/Human Torch), and I’m a little perplexed by this present casting of the siblings: one can only assume their storyline is going to be tweaked as well. I can only hope the combined (amazing) talents of Mara and Jordan shine through and make people forget they’re different races altogether.

If I had MY way, we’d be watching a movie called Fantastic Four: Future Foundation. I’d be MUCH more interested in this franchise it if this became a reality – whether it be live action or animated series.


Seriously – aren’t you the least bit curious to see a film or animated series featuring Ms. Thing and She-Hulk?! Bloody hell, I AM! And since we have till June 19th, 2015 to talk about this new Fantastic Four reboot, I want to hear your thoughts on this whole thing: sound off below!

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