Basically, nothing can be said or reported about Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot without fans getting a head of steam about it. It’s understandable for a number of reasons, primarily that we’ve been burned twice by Fantastic Four adaptations and because this is Twentieth Century Fox and they don’t have a sterling record of treating their comic book-based movies right. But hey, they could get it right this time, right? Right? Well, if you read the below synopsis you may have some second thoughts about that opinion. Especially if you’re a believe in the sanctity of the accepted comic origin of a superhero team.
Read it and weep, here is the synopsis courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes:
THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Although I like the way they put a “The” in front of The Fantastic Four, especially since titles usually bend over backwards to take the “The” out, there’s still a lot here to be a tad concerned about. But aside from that, let’s analyze the synopsis.
First, you’ll note that there’s no space flight, so the Fantastic Four do not get their powers from cosmic rays a la their origin in 1961’s Fantastic Four comic. The alternate dimension they visit maybe a reference to the Negative Zone, which would obviously be a set-up for a potential The Fantastic Four 2 where they’ll fight Annihilus, since we know the villain of the first part is Doctor Doom. Speaking of whom, note that there’s no reference to Doom going into the alternate universe with the FF, so we get leap over that little addendum introduced by Tim Story.
Still, it all has the smell of Fox and Trank bending over backwards to differentiate the two Fantastic Four films solely on the basis of making them different. That flies in the face of convention on current popular comic book movies that embrace their origins rather than try to out think them. So is Fox setting up this new Fantastic Four to fail, perhaps even harder, than the previous version. Time will tell.
The Fantastic Four comes out next August.
Source: Comic Book