First ‘Fantastic Four’ teaser reveals new origin for super quartet

Jan. 27, 2015 | 7:57 a.m.

The first trailer for “Fantastic Four” is out, offering a glimpse of the super-powered quartet’s retooled origin story.

The trailer, released Tuesday, opens with four sweeping landscape views — New York City, mountaintops, a house in a neighborhood and cornfields — presumably of the homes of each member of the foursome.

“How did we get this far? Human beings have an immeasurable desire to discover, to invent, to build,” the voiceover narrates. “Our future depends on us furthering these ideals — a responsibility that rests on the shoulders of generations to come. But with every new discovery there is risk, there is sacrifice, and there are consequences.”

The inventor, of course, is Reed Richards, who is shown as a bespectacled child experimenting in a garage and then as a grown-up scientist (played by “Whiplash” actor Miles Teller) walking through an enormous laboratory.

The other members of the foursome are also revealed in their pre-superpower lives. Sue Storm (Kate Mara) monitors a wall full of screens in a room that appears to be part of a government defense program; Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan) works on a car; and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) steps up to bat in a baseball game.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

But before they become Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing, they don helmets and enter pods in a spinning contraption that appears to transport them to another world.

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 enemy might be the villainous Victor von Doom, played in the film by Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), though Doctor Doom is nowhere to be seen in the trailer.

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.

Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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17 Responses to First ‘Fantastic Four’ teaser reveals new origin for super quartet

  1. M. Howie says:

    Garbage…I am a black guy and changing characters Black who are not that way in the comics is garbage…I have every FF4 Comic going back to Gladiator (Issue 250?) kicking there butts in NY….DON'T CHANGE COMIC STORIES!!!! Seems like every Marvel Movie SUCKS, AT LEAST TO A GUY WHO HAS SO MANY COMICS( XMEN 120 AND UP..ETC..)….marvel is dead…!RIP.

    • John says:

      Good god, could you be any more melodramatic over a comic book?

      It's a comic book filled with fantasy, Laws of Physics ignoring characters — who cares whether the skin of one character is darker than its previous incarnations? The fact that you think (SCREAMING!) that all Marvel movies suck, just puts you in a whole other universe even further removed from our own.

    • hey howie.. then how's this… dont go to the movies.. stop watching them.. if you know that they will not stick to the source material… and they wont.. stop going… if you had a gf that always cheated on you.. would you stay with her?.. no.. so.. stop whining….

  2. rick says:

    Epic fail, I think I a going to be ill. Reed is too young, Sue, well no offense to the actress but shes not sue Richards material. Ben is ben doesn't matter once he is in his Thing form. And jonny well if sue and jonny are supposed to be siblings well there needs to be some explaining. I really hate when directors Re image something we all know and love.

    • s. Wiebe says:

      Of course they'll explain the changes – in the movie! This is a teaser. Its job is to tease.

      As a fan of FF since the first issue (1961), I love to see what other creators can do with familiar material. Besides, there have been (at least) three origins of the FF and god only knows how many variations outside of the actual origin story issues, so it's not that big a leap to have Johnny Storm be black (we didn't learn Ben was Jewish until the nineties, fer cryin' out loud!). After all, we are talking a series that has had how many different writers and artists in 53 years?

    • John says:

      You mean like re-imagine ("Re image"?) every superhero movie that has been made since Burton's Batman a quarter-centure ago? You really hate all the new superhero iterations since then? To use the same tired cliche´ you used — yours is an "epic failure."

    • too young? what was he born a clone as a 30 year old?.. not sue richards material? as the comics progress over the years.. seems every female was built like a VS model… and siblings cant be of different color?… in the famous words.. riddle me this… when was color ever an issue with the Torch?.. if they are adopted.. will that be an issue?..
      seriously.. if i was a non comic book fan… and i knew nothing about the F4.. would you say.. ok. this is a story about 4 while people.. really?…

  3. C. Velez says:

    I know the orinal stories call for an all white cast, but those stories were written in different times. I think it's cool that hollywood is trying to show diversity in movies, no matter how they explain it. They are likely half-brother/sister. This happens in real life. But yeah, I hope Ben doesn't stay in his rock form. It would really blow to live in that state the rest of your life. I think they should change that to make it more believable. I mean, no one wants to be Ben.

  4. Brian says:

    some of the worst casting choices I have ever seen. this movie will be a loser. never change the original recipe.

    • John says:

      I guess every director who has made a wildly successful superhero movie in the last 25 years didn't get your memo. They ALL changed the recipes.

  5. stunbunny says:

    No version will ever top the 1994 Oley Sassone-directed film. This is a known fact. DO NOT DISPUTE ME!

  6. Joe Gall says:

    May or may not be a good movie (probably not) but it shouldn't be called The Fantastic Four.

  7. @cliffco_823 says:

    I don't understand all the hate about this movie. I didn't like Johnny being black at fist (I have been black for 46, but I like the actor a lot. I am not a fan of the Ultimate universe, but I am more than willing to give the movie a shot. It will be better than you think. These movies are the things my friends and I dreamed about in the 80s. Seeing these characters come to life is great. Anything has to be better than Electra. I want that re-imaged!

  8. wow… no matter what movie.. you fanboys.. sorry. fanlosers.. just dont get it..
    its ALL MAKE BELIEVE!!!..
    different wirters.. changed stuff all the time in the comics.. and guess what. its ok.. hey i love some great stories too. and yes i get aggravated when the general public likes it and it is totally not the book.. .. i need to stop reading these sites.. i'm getting as bad as you guys are..
    personaly i was excited that trank was signed on…. hoped it would be different.. not that i expected what nolan did.. but.. maybe thats not a bad thing.. somehow bright spandex doesnt work in todays world.. andi i'm ok with that.. is it the stuff we grew up with? no… but if it was.. we'd complain about how … childish it is.. was.. ..
    i'm looking forward to it.. the teaser.. definately piqued my interest.. either way..i'm going…

  9. Henri Gaither says:

    Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Its like you wouldn't tamper with Romeo and Juliet. I am a black male, and this is not right

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