A few weeks ago, I named the upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot as one of my most anticipated films of 2015 because I wanted to see if 20th Century Fox would finally give us a proper adaptation of Marvel’s first family. Yesterday, we got our first glimpse at director Josh Trank and screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg’s vision for Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the blue-eyed ever-lovin Thing as the first teaser for the film was released. Now, we can delve even deeper into the mysteries surrounding the controversial movie thanks to some commentary from the filmmakers and a hidden Easter egg in the trailer.
After the teaser debuted, Yahoo released a new version of the video featuring Trank and Kinberg as they share their inspirations for their film, the approach that they decided to take, their casting decisions, and more. Check out everything that they had to say in the video below:
A theme that emerged from this discussion was science. These filmmakers stressed that that they both wanted to emphasize the science portion of science fiction in ‘Fantastic Four’ and that emphasis is what contributed to a change in the team’s origin. When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the characters in 1961, the Cold War and the space race fueled the story and ultimately became the reason that these four individuals gained their powers. However, this time around Trank wanted to explore a new frontier in science and “space travel” that felt more modern, which is why they’ll be getting their powers from experiments related to interdimensional travel. It’s definitely an interesting concept, but until we hear more about it, here are some gifs that offer super quick glances at the Fantastic Four’s powers at work:
Something that was missing from the trailer though was the team’s archnemesis Doctor Doom. The antagonist played by Toby Kebbell is presumed to appear as his alter ego Victor Domashev (yup that’s his name now) in a scene that sees him laying on a table and talking to Miles Teller’s Reed Richards. But even though the relentless dictator was absent from the first trailer, his influence was certainly felt. Reddit uncovered a hidden Easter egg at about 0:45 into the teaser when the IP address 126.96.36.199 can be seen onscreen. When you put that into your browser, it redirects to a wiki page about Latveria, the fictional Eastern European country ruled by Doom with an iron fist. Could this mean that we’ll see the villain rise to power when the film hits theaters later this year? Or is it just a nod to the character’s history? We’ll find out this summer.
Overall, while there are some very interesting things at play here, I’m finding myself not anticipating ‘Fantastic Four’ (or ‘Fant4stic’) quite as much. I don’t think it feels like a superhero movie at all. In fact, it feels more like ‘Interstellar’ than any Marvel adaptation that we’ve seen before. Time will tell if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but for now let us hear what you think about the first trailer. What do you think about Josh Trank and Simon Kinberg’s approach? Are you a fan of the changes to the source material? Is there anything in particular that you’re especially questioning? Sound off in the comments.
‘Fantastic Four’ starring Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, and Toby Kebbell opens on August 7, 2014.