Fantastic Four: First Look

Posted by The Daily Zombies Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Finally, Fox's Fantastic Four falls in for our First Look at the reboot of Marvel Comics' iconic superhero team in the hands of Josh Trank with the release of the first trailer of the film. 

So, one of the million (or even billion dollars if 20th Century Fox got really, really lucky) dollar questions on every movie-going Marvel Zombies (that's about everybody)' mind this year: Is 20th Century Fox's reboot of one of comic books' oldest and most iconic superhero teams, Fantastic Four, in the hands of Josh Trank, going to be Fantastic, for lack of a better word?

After all, with numerous leaked news on the rebooted scripts as well as rumors that Fox themselves had issues with the film, many are speculating on the fact that despite being merely seven months away, we have not seen any official trailer, poster, image, or even a concept art piece, is testament to the studio's confidence behind the superhero film. To set the record straight, director Josh Trank, whom debut feature film is the surprising cool superhero found-footage film, Chronicle, as well as screenwriter-producer Simon Kinberg took to a recently conducted exclusive interview with Collider to explained on their conspicuous decisions to release any official sneak peek at the film... until now:

Collider:  For some reason people seem to think your movie has issues.  I think it’s because you have yet to reveal images and footage.  So can you guys put to bed the notion that the movie has issues?

JOSH TRANK:  I think a lot of that stuff is stemming from the fact that we’ve consciously decided to not release anything official.  This isn’t like The Avengers.  Even when the first Avengers came out, there were four other movies that people were familiar with.  The suits and the tone and the look and the feel.  So they could release those things or drop them on Twitter.  With Simon on the X-Men movies, there were other movies that came before the last X-Men movie so Bryan [Singer] could feel more confident in tweeting teases of what’s to come.  But this movie, we really want the audience to have the proper reaction to this material seeing it for the first time.  You’ve really got to put your best foot forward.  You can’t just leak an image to strike up a conversation.  You want people to see something that has thought behind it.  And the teaser should do just that.  With conversations online, you can’t really control it.  In this day and age people have come to expect that artists are going to give everybody information on Twitter about what they’re doing, but not every artist is like that.  I’m not really like that.  If I was painting a picture I wouldn’t want to take a picture of a single paint stroke.  I’d rather show people what it looks like when it’s done.

Head over to Collider to check out the exclusive interview revealing many intriguing facts on the film that have frankly rejuvenated our interest in the film.

For now, we just got our very own First Look at the film with the release of the trailer by Fox. With no further ado, check out the trailer right below.

So is the trailer fantastic? Your mileage might varies depending on your Marvel Zombie level and preference on sci-fi element but we do get a sense of what Trank meant when he talked about his inspiration from David Cronenberg "body horror" type of sci-fi. The trailer definitely struck a sombre note and we certainly can see for ourselves that this ain't no fun-loving Tim Story's Fantastic Four in the last decade.

And if you need more information behind those thrilling sneak peeks, Trank and Kinberg are here to help in this trailer below, now armed with extensive commentary provided by both Trank and Kinberg.

It was mentioned by Kinberg in the very same Collider interview that there will be Easter Egg in the trailer and shortly after the release of the trailer, some sharp-eyed internet dweller has already found it.... on the computer screen of Kate Mara's Sue Storm around the 45 second mark of the trailer. Yes, the red IP address: Just type that address into your browser, hit enter, and it will lead to the Wikipedia page of Latveria, the fictional kingdom ruled with an iron hand by none other than monarch Victor Von Doon, better known as Doctor Doom!

As revealed by Toby Kebbell in an earlier interview with Collider, this Doctor Doom will be very much different from the proud monarch/scientist/wizard that we are familiar with.

KEBBELL:  He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story.  And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that.  The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer.  Very anti-social programmer.  And on blogging sites I’m “Doom”.

And frankly, that is our main gripes with the film. Instead of the kick-ass original nemesia who is a staple classic villains often imitated but impossible to be duplicated, we get a blogger?

Anyway, did the significant scenes flash by too fast that you would want recap the trailer? Well here we are with the screenshots of these cool scenes for your easy references.

And here are the official images from Fox.

And here's the first poster.

Here's the official synopsis of the film.

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.

Fantastic Four, also stylized as Fant4stic, is scheduled for release on August 7, 2015 in North America, in 2D and 3D theaters.


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