Fantastic Four is like the odd, geeky, and awkward kid in high school that has been cast out from the popular kids group, that being the Marvel Superheroes in this case. This latest installment is a reboot of the original franchise and from the looks of the latest trailer, signs are worrying.
When the first trailer hit the big screen few months back, there were many critics hitting hard at the new movie. After watching the latest trailer, I would rather agree with their views instead of defending the movie.
A Mutilated Origin Story
For starters, the original storyline has been completely changed as the creators have twisted the plot on how each member of Fantastic Four gets their superpowers.
If they had stayed true to the original comics, the fantastic four members travel in out space on a mission and are exposed to cosmic rays. In this latest reboot, the members are shown as young scientist – almost too young for their roles (a band of super intelligent teenage college dropouts) led by Reed Richards.
In the trailer we see Dr. Storm (father of Sue Storm) talking about cracking inter-dimensional travel. They have developed a machine that allows them to travel through dimensions and arrive at an alternate universe. It is there that things go astray and they are exposed to the radiation which inadvertently give them their powers.
The trailer then takes a step towards Doom is Coming but there is little so see how the arch nemesis of Fantastic Four comes to being in this trailer. All we can see is that he is on this alternate universe and is coming for the destruction of the plant Earth.
This little quote from MTV’s interview with Josh Trank explains the (horribly misguided) new direction of the film.
First the TL;DR for emphasis:
- No superheroes.
- They are not called The Fantastic Four at any time in the movie.
- They are treating the superpowers as disabilities.
- No costumes, either.
Josh’s vision is very clear and he knows exactly what he wants, and he gives us room to adapt and to play. That’s what I kind of think sets us apart, is that this is going to be grounded and unconventional.
It’s not your typical superhero film, you know, we aren’t looking at this as like, being superheroes. We’re more or less a bunch of kids that had an accident and we have disabilities now that we have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards – try to be as normal as we can. – MTV
So basically, their idea of grounded and unconventional is to basically replicate the same old superhero trope of superheroes struggling with their powers and spending lots and lots of screentime bitching about it instead of doing anything entertaining. Real original…
Speaking of original…
It’s Blatantly Unoriginal
Somehow the producers of the movie have managed to take 4 awesome superhero icons and make a movie based on them seem like a cheap ripoff mashup of low-level Hollywood calibre. The film is trying to be grounded and grim with a tone akin to Chris Nolan’s Interstellar because it made a boatload of money and some of the producers thought “We need to pluck at the same strings!” with big dollar signs in their eyes. Subtle evidence follows:
No Marvel, No MCU!
The second point that needs consideration is that the movie is not being distributed by Marvel and its 20th Century Fox that has taken up the mantel for this film. This adds another dispute and one that plays down the movie considerably that the movie won’t be in sync with Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
This potentially plays down any idea that we could have Fantastic Four crossovers with other MCU superheroes. So if you were planning to see the Fantastic Four to team up with The Avengers to save the world then you would have to look elsewhere.
The Black Human Torch
Now the elephant in the room, a ‘Black Human Torch’.
Purists wish they could have stuck with the comic books and casted someone that could capture the way they imagined the character all these years. Dr. Franklin Storm is black (played by Reg E. Cathey) but both his siblings are interracial. His daughter, Sue Storm (played by Kate Mara) is white while the human torch is black. So they had to stitch together another excuse to justify the casting choice, that being that Sue is an adopted child.
They would have been better off casting Reed Richards as a black guy instead.
AMWorks got me this job!
Dr. Franklin Storm is black (played by Reg E. Cathey) but both his siblings are interracial. His daughter, Sue Storm (played by Kate Mara) is white while the human torch is black. It does make you think, have they twisted and changed the entire storyline from the comic books?
This new reboot seems to have deviated from the comic book story line so much that you might just want to hate-watch this reboot. Don’t get me wrong… The trailer did get me a little excited. Only time will tell how the new movie turns out and if it really does do justice to the comic books.
Will keeping adding more as the story unfolds about Fantastic Four. Do leave us your comments and what do you think about this latest reboot.