If I’ve said (written) it once, I’ve said (written) it a million times: if you are going to remake, reimagine, reboot, reinvent, or whatever other “re” buzzword that Hollywood feels like using this week, a movie or franchise, you have to bring something new to the table. As the Fantastic Four re-whatever is getting closer and closer to seeing the light of day, it is becoming more of a case of “be careful what you wish for”. Hot off the heels of the recent Dr. Doom bomb that hit, a new synopsis for the Josh Trank helmed Fantastic Four movie is making its way through the interwebs and if it is to be believed, Trank is changing a hell of a lot more than Victor Von Doom’s origins.
Before we get too far into this, it’s important to note that this information stemmed from 4chan and Reddit, which means that it could amount to little more than fan fiction at best, intentional fuel on the Fantastic Four hate-fire at worst. That being said, these may also be the first sites to report the leaked photos from the FF set earlier this year, so, spoilers may be ahead. Got your salt ready? It’ll go great with this synopsis/story walk-through:
Reed is a genius convenience store clerk with Ben. Reed’s parents don’t care about him, and Ben’s dad is abusive. They’re good friends and have each other’s backs. Reed writes a paper for community college on teleportation that attracts the attention of Dr. Franklin Storm, CEO of the Baxter Building research center.
Storm has a son, Johnny, and an adoptive daughter, Sue, whose father, Storm’s old partner, died in an experiment gone wrong. Johnny and Sue are party kids, and Sue is particularly disdainful of science. Reed and Sue don’t get along at first.
Victor Doomashev is an anti-social Eastern European computer programmer and hacktivist who calls himself “Doom”. He hates the 1%, particularly Storm, whom he claims corrupts science for profit.
Storm uses Reed’s paper to complete some equations on a machine to access another dimension, the N-Zone. Reed invites Ben to watch the machine being turned on. Sue and Johnny are also there. Doom manages to hack into the Baxter Building’s servers and use a computer virus to damage the machine, which explodes. Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben are exposed to otherwordly energy and become mutants with powers that they can’t control.
Storm takes them to the Baxter Building and creates containment suits for their powers. They begin to train. Reed and Storm also begin developing a way to revert the accident. Sue blames Reed for everything, but they eventually become friends and then a couple. Ben can switch off his powers when he’s not in danger. Johnny changes colors based on heat intensity, and Sue has some borderline telekinetic thing. Reed is pretty much Reed.
Doom finds out that the four have acquired powers and becomes angry it’s not him, so he comes up with a plan to break into the Baxter Building to access the N-Zone through the rebuild machine. As a distraction, he reprograms a bunch of stolen military drones, the “Doombots”, to attack the building. The four come together as a team for the first time and save people.
Doom activates the machine and gets technopathy powers or something, basically energy blasts and making machines obey to him, and a fight ensues. The machine goes critical, and, in order to prevent it from exploding and destroying the city, the four push into it and Storm shuts it off.
There’s a countdown before it reaches critical mass. Inside the N-Zone, the four battle Doom again, and manage to leave him trapped there after he disfigures himself soaking up too much power. The Four manage to escape, but Ben gets the blunt of it to protect Reed and can’t switch back.
The machine is destroyed, Doom is gone, the four have learned to work as a team, and Reed vows to find a cure for Ben. And it ends there.
Now, this actually does back up a few of the earlier tidbits regarding the story that have managed to slip through the cracks. Specifically, it addresses the fact that Sue is adopted, Dr. Doom is now a hacker, and the accident that gives the team its unique abilities is borrowing more from the Ultimates iteration of the comic book team than the original telling. The rest, however, if true, shows just how different Fantastic Four will be from the team that many of us grew up loving.
Slamming a project before we see any footage or even have an “official” synopsis is a fool’s game and many-a-fool has had to eat their words after a property that they were bashing during production winds up being a blockbuster once the movie is released. Still, as a fan of the comic book series, this information is a bit troubling for reasons that will be obvious to other fans. Quite honestly, considering the source of the information, wasting my time being annoyed or outraged with this new synopsis would be stupid and I encourage other fans to laugh this off for now. Especially now that FF writer Jeremy Slater has weighed in on the “leak”:
For those who care, that plot synopsis currently making the rounds is 100% bullshit.
— Slater (@jerslater) November 18, 2014
We’ve all been burned by the Hollywood Denial in the past (*cough* Khan *cough*), so who knows if Slater is telling the truth or just putting out the fire? Not to mention, while he may have been one of the writers, who knows just how many changes the script has gone through since Slater had his hands on it? Once the movie actually hits, we can then either praise it or rip it apart on its merits. Until then, however, let’s just hope Trank’s version is better than Roger Corman’s version back in 1994.
Are you excited to see exactly what the new movie puts on our plate? Are you getting worried about Fantastic Four at this point?