With every new development from Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, the project is spiraling further and further from the source material. The characters super powered origins have been drastically changed. Dr. Doom is no longer a ruler of a foreign country with hellbent vengeance against the world. Jonny Storm and Sue Storm are no longer brother and sister. Well, they are, they just no longer have the same birth mother. Johnny Strom (aka The Human Torch) is now black (played by Michael B Jordan) with Sue Storm being his white sister from a different mother.
Now, we’re not gonna churn up the “Johnny Storm is black!?” thing. This article is not about that. We can acknowledge that having a white character be played by a black actor has some fans feeling indifferent but that really shouldn’t be a point of concern as it happens a lot and usually works out just fine (see Idris Elba as Heimdell in Thor and Sam Jackson as Nick Fury in Avengers). Fans are just angry, that with all the changes, this is shaping up to be a Fantastic Four movie in name only.
But, now, a trailer for the movie has hit. Will it make all the doubters out there eat their words? You decide.
Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell lead the superhero pic, which is directed by Josh Trank. Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater wrote the screenplay.
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.
At this point all I can do is say “meh”. I want to give this movie a chance. I’m trying very hard to not let preconceived notions dictate my feelings on a movie I haven’t even seen yet but this is looking more and more like Fantastic Fart than Fantastic Four. The trailer was so melodramatic and there wasn’t even one thing, that I as a comic book fan, gravitated to. That failed Roger Corman FF movie from back in the day is looking pretty good right now.
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Fantastic Four will be in theaters August 7.