Fox definitely has a bit of a hit-or-miss track record with its Marvel properties. It hit it big with X-Men early on, but sent the franchise in the wrong direction with X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. They were eventually able to make a course correction with that property, but it took a couple movies to do so.
With Fantastic Four, however, they have an even bigger stigma to overcome, as they’ve yet to make a successful adaptation of the property. Mention Fantastic Four to film fans and horrible flashbacks of the goofy and hokey story mixed in with lackluster visual effects will likely come to mind. If nothing else, the Fantastic Four movies are evidence of the fact that what works on the page may not necessarily work on the big screen.
With director Josh Trank’s upcoming reboot, it looks like we’ll be getting a Fantastic Four we haven’t quite seen before. Upon the first teaser released a couple months back, fan reaction was decidedly mixed. While there were many who applauded the serious Interstellar-esque approach to the film, many weren’t sure if they’d be able to take it incredibly seriously. To top it all off, it was unknown if the teaser was truly representative of what the Fantastic Four film would eventually be. With this new trailer, it looks like we finally have a solid understanding of what to expect.
One look at the new Fantastic Four trailer and it becomes instantly clear that this one is not only different from the two movies we had in the mid-2000s, but that it’s actually quite different from a lot of the comics. Instead of the film following four astronauts who are exposed to radiation, we follow four inter-dimensional travelers. But the biggest change, of course, lies in the tone of the film.
While Fantastic Four will undoubtedly have its share of comic relief, the overbearing tone of the trailer seems to be one of a horror film. Between the mutations of the Fantastic Four and the frightening conditions of the inter-dimensional plane to which they travel, Fox is definitely grounding this one a great deal more than they did the last time around.
What do you think? Is it too little too late to reboot a franchise like Fantastic Four, or do you see this as a worthy update of the classic Marvel characters? Let us know your thoughts below!
[Image Credits: Fantastic Four trailer]