Fantastic Four

April 20, 2015 | 12:47 p.m.

‘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. […]
Jan. 27, 2015 | 7:57 a.m.

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

A screenshot from the trailer for "Fantastic Four." (20th Century Fox)
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 […]
Dec. 31, 2014 | 8:32 a.m.

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avengers,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’: 15 must-see movies of 2015

Here's a look at 15 genre releases slated for 2015. (Handout)
The new year is shaping up to be a momentous one for genre entertainment. “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” will reunite Marvel’s mightiest superheroes in the tentpole sequel; “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” —  the first film in a new trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away — will once again see Jedi and Sith battling on the big screen; “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a reimagining of the action-packed post-apocalyptic film that launched Mel Gibson’s career, will see Tom Hardy take the wheel; and dinosaurs will once again roam the silver screen in “Jurassic World.” Those are just a few of the sci-fi and superhero silver screen offerings for 2015. Hero Complex looks at 15 of the most exciting releases slated for 2015 in the gallery above and the list below. ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ Feb. 6, 2015 The latest venture from […]
Sept. 26, 2014 | 11:11 a.m.

Marvel settles dispute over superhero rights with Jack Kirby estate

One of the most contentious court battles in comics has come to an end. Marvel and the members of Jack Kirby’s family issued a joint statement Friday to announce that the long-running legal case over royalties related to characters created or co-created by the legendary pioneer has been settled out of court. The short statement read in full: “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.” During his decades in comics, Kirby created or co-created Captain America, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, Doctor Doom, the Silver Surfer, Magneto, the Black Panther, Ant-Man, the Red Skull, Galactus and dozens of other comic book characters, helping define Marvel Comics during the Silver Age. The issue had been […]
Sept. 18, 2014 | 5:47 p.m.

‘Deadpool’ set for 2016; ‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Assassin’s Creed’ delayed

A comic cover for "Deadpool." (Jason Pearson, Ed McGuinness / Marvel)
Another Marvel superhero is coming to the big screen. “Deadpool” is officially set to open in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016, after Fox shifted release dates for several productions, including “The Fantastic Four” and “Assassin’s Creed,” on Thursday. “Green Lantern” star Ryan Reynolds, who played a version of the character in 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” has long been expected to headline a Deadpool movie, but Fox did not immediately confirm who will take the role in the upcoming project. Meanwhile, “The Fantastic Four” reboot, originally slated for a June release, now slides into the Aug. 7, 2015, spot previously held by “Assassin’s Creed.” Directed by Josh Trank (“Chronicle”), “The Fantastic Four” stars “Divergent” actor Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic; “Chronicle” alumnus Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch; Kate Mara as Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman; […]
Aug. 06, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.

Jack Kirby legacy: Kirby4Heroes aims to assist comic book creators

Two years ago, at the age of 16, Jillian Kirby began a campaign designed to honor the legacy of her late grandfather, Jack Kirby, the comics legend who created or co-created a host of iconic Marvel characters — Captain America, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, the Avengers and Thor, among them. Titled Kirby4Heroes, the charitable venture was launched to generate donations for the Hero Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping comic book creators in need, offering assistance to artists and writers. Once again, this year Kirby is hoping to raise money while celebrating the wide-ranging influence of the artistry of her grandfather, who dreamed up many of his heroes in the basement of his Long Island home. (Jillian’s father, Neal Kirby, wrote a first-person account of his childhood in the house for Hero Complex in 2012.) On Aug. 28 — what would have […]
June 04, 2014 | 10:16 a.m.

‘Star Wars’: Josh Trank set to direct standalone film

Josh Trank is set to join “Godzilla” filmmaker Gareth Edwards as a new recruit to the “Star Wars” universe. Trank will direct one of the multiple standalone movies that Disney plans to release that will explore the world created by George Lucas outside of the primary episodes of the franchise. Lucasfilm announced Trank’s selection Wednesday, but revealed no details about the film’s story line. It’s been a busy time in the “Star Wars” universe. Earlier last month, Edwards, who enjoyed a blockbuster success with his big-budget “Godzilla” reboot, was tapped to helm another of the “Star Wars” standalone projects, which will be written by Gary Witta (“The Book of Eli,” Telltale Games’ adaptation of “The Walking Dead”). Also in May, J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII,” scheduled to arrive in theaters Dec. 18, 2015, officially went into production, with a cast […]
April 26, 2014 | 2:15 p.m.

Marvel sends X-Men, Guardians, Spider-Man to 2061 for limited series

Marvel 100th anniversary specials
Marvel is sending some of its most famous characters into the future this summer. The comics giant unveiled plans Saturday at Chicago’s C2E2 convention for a limited run of five 100th Anniversary Special issues of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Fantastic Four,” “The Avengers,” “The X-Men” and “Spider-Man.” The one-shot issues will arrive weekly in July, hypothesizing what shape the characters’ adventures will take in the year 2061. “We thought that it would be a really fun idea to …  almost treat these like time capsules from the future,” said Marvel editor Nick Lowe in an interview with Hero Complex. “We were talking about how we’d just been through a bunch of 50th anniversaries — we had the 50th anniversary of the Fantastic Four a few years ago, we had the 50th anniversary of the Avengers and the X-Men last […]
April 20, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.

WonderCon: Mark Waid on ‘Original Sin,’ more from Marvel panel

Original Sin 3.1
Marvel’s next big comics event is “Original Sin,” and the concept — the Watcher has been murdered and familiar superheroes have terrible secrets — could give some pause. Eisner Award-winning “Daredevil” and “Hulk” writer Mark Waid would be one, if he wasn’t privy to the plans. The self-described “hard-core traditionalist” said his first instinct was to worry that the story line would make the heroes “look like jerks.” But that’s not the case, he told the All-New Marvel Now panel crowd Saturday at Wonder-Con in Anaheim. “I am proud of being part of a team of writers and artists and editors who didn’t take this opportunity to make the characters uglier, that ‘Original Sin’ is not about tarnishing the nobility of the Marvel characters, not about just screwing with and overriding stuff you already know just for the shock value,” […]
April 01, 2014 | 4:33 p.m.

‘Fantastic Four’ finds villain: Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom

Toby Kebbell in a scene from "Wrath of the Titans." (Warner Bros.)
It looks like “The Fantastic Four” might have found its Victor von Doom. Actor Toby Kebbell is in negotiations to play villain Doctor Doom in director Josh Trank’s reboot of “The Fantastic Four.” Kebbell appears set to join the cast, which includes Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and “Divergent” actor Miles Teller as Johnny Storm (the Human Torch), Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman), Benjamin Grimm (the Thing) and Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), respectively. The English actor has a history in cinematic blockbusters — his résumé includes turns in such large-scale films as “Wrath of the Titans,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” and Oliver Stone’s 2004 feature “Alexander.” Kebbell also has worked in  more critically well-received films including the Joy Division movie “Control,” Steven Spielberg’s World War I drama “War Horse” and last year’s […]
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