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‘Fantastic Four’ trailer shows off quartet’s powers and villain Victor von Doom

A screenshot from the trailer for "Fantastic Four." (20th Century Fox)

A new trailer for the “Fantastic Four” reboot is out, offering a closer look at the titular heroes’ superpowers as well as the villainous Doctor Doom.

At the head of the “Fantastic” quartet is Miles Teller’s Reed Richards, a scientist who “knows answers to questions we don’t even know to ask yet,” says Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg Cathey).

An experiment with interdimensional travel endows Reed and his team with superhuman abilities. Reed gets super-stretchy powers; Kate Mara, who plays Dr. Storm’s daughter Sue, can make herself invisible; Michael B. Jordan’s Johnny Storm can turn into a human fireball; and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) becomes a rock-like giant known as the Thing.

The film’s origin story diverges from the Marvel comics, in which the four are endowed with their powers after being exposed to cosmic rays during a scientific space mission.

Here’s the official synopsis from 20th Century Fox:

“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.

The cast of the "Fantastic Four" reboot has been announced. Click through the gallery for a look at the actors and the superheroes they're set to portray. (Mike McKone / Marvel; Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

Miles Teller has been cast as Reed Richards, also known as Mr. Fantastic, in the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Marko Djurdjevic / Marvel; Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Michael B. Jordan has been cast as Johnny Storm, also known as the Human Torch, in the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Mike Mayhew / Marvel; Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Kate Mara has been cast as Sue Storm, also known as the Invisible Woman, in the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Marko Djurdjevic / Marvel; Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images)

Jamie Bell has been cast as Ben Grimm, also known as the Thing, in the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Marko Djurdjevic / Marvel; Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)

Josh Trank, shown here on the set of "Chronicle," is slated to direct the "Fantastic Four" reboot. (Alan Markfield / 20th Century Fox)

The enemy is the villainous Victor von Doom, played in the film by Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”).

“You opened a door you don’t know how to close,” his voice intones. “You don’t know anything about what’s coming.”

“What is coming?” Reed Richards asks.

“Doom,” he replies as the trailer shows his hooded visage.

The film, helmed by “Chronicle” director Josh Trank, comes 10 years after Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd brought Marvel’s cosmic superheroes to the big screen. “The Fantastic Four” is set for release Aug. 7; a sequel,  “Fantastic Four 2,” is in the works.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | @LATHeroComplex

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