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