Film: Fantastic Four (2015)
With every new discovery there is risk, there is sacrifice, and there are consequences.Fantastic Four is a 2015 film adaptation of Mark Millar's run on the superhero comic book Ultimate Fantastic Four. It is directed by Josh Trank, of Chronicle fame.Its cast includes:
— Dr. Franklin Storm
- Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller)
- Susan Storm / The Invisible Woman (Kate Mara)
- Johnny Storm / The Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan)
- Ben Grimm / The Thing (Jamie Bell)
- Victor Domashev / Doom (Toby Kebbell)
Fantastic Four provides examples of:
- Adaptation Distillation: The film is heavily influenced by the Ultimate Fantastic Four series, but Word of God is that they were also inspired by the earliest Stan Lee/Jack Kirby-era incarnation of the team. The desire to focus more on the sci-fi element of the group is meant to evoke their earliest depictions as "science heroes" and explorers of the unknown.
- Adaptation Name Change: Dr. Doom's real name is Victor Domashev rather than Victor von Doom. He may not even be a doctor (yet).
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Victor Domashev is present at the accident that empowers the other four, and once again becomes the Big Bad. Another individual is also present.
- Alternate Continuity: In spite of both film franchises being owned by Fox, the movie is not set in the X-Men universe, but a universe in which the Fantastic Four are the first superheroes ever.
- California Doubling: Baton Rogue, Louisiana stands-in for New York City. New York style buses were even brought in to make the sets look more realistic.
- Darker and Edgier: The film has been compared to thriller/horror films like Alien, Scanners, and The Fly (1986) by those involved with the production.
- Deconstruction: Like Chronicle, the movie will present a more realistic look at how young people and the world at large would react to suddenly gaining superpowers.
- Easter Egg: In the first teaser, a computer shows an IP address. Entering it into a url takes you to a page on Victor's home country, Latveria.
- Fan Disservice: Naked Ben Grimm might be appealing to ladies... but unfortunately, he's seen naked after turning into the Thing, and we're treated to a shot of his rocky ass.
- Full-Frontal Assault: If the teaser is of any indication, the Thing apparently will not initially have Magic Pants following his transformation and will be appearing completely naked.
- Genre Shift: Many of the critics reacting to the trailer noted that the film seems to have much more of a sci-fi and discovery slant than the previous two movies, which were straight-up superhero blockbusters.
- Killer Robots: The Doombots will appear.
- Lovecraftian Superpower: Josh Trank described the Four's powers as having a strong Body Horror element to them, noting David Cronenberg's The Fly as an inspiration.
- Movie Superheroes Wear Black: The characters wear black "containment suits"; they are rumored to don a version of their iconic blue costumes later in the film.
- Mythology Gag:
- The first time we see Johnny Storm in the trailer, he is repairing a car. He was doing the same in the first issue in the comics.
- The white spacesuits seen in the trailer resemble the Future Foundation's uniforms.
- Race Lift:
- Johnny Storm, usually depicted as a white blonde in the comics, is played by African-American actor Michael B. Jordan. The same treatment is given to Johnny's father, Dr. Franklin Storm.
- Averted with Sue Storm, who is played by a white actress. No official explanation has been given for this, other than Josh Trank's word that he wanted to have an interracial family.
- Real Is Brown:
- The Thing is a dull grey-brown instead of being bright orange like he was in the comics.
- The Negative Zone was known for being very colorful and non-Euclidian in the comics. In the film, it's a dark grey, barren wasteland.
- Reality Warper: The official website originally explained that micro-black holes integrated into Reed's body enable his powers – it's not his limbs stretching, it's local spacetime. However, as news sites picked up on this information it was replaced by non-indicative text. Possibly a case of Websites Always Spoil?
- Ridiculously Human Robot: The Doombots look and move like humans.
- Sequel Hook: Harvey Elder is set to be introduced as a supporting character in this movie in order to establish him as an antagonist (Mole Man) in the sequel.
- Serkis Folk: The Thing is created through CGI and motion-capture, as actor Jamie Bell is physically smaller than the character.
- Shout-Out: Johnny has a Fire Flower air freshener in his car.
- Spiritual Successor: To Josh Trank's first film, Chronicle - the movie explores the consequences of young people with superpowers and what they would choose to do with them.
- Vagueness Is ComingHarvey: Be ready for what's coming.Reed: What is coming?Harvey: The answers.
- Younger and Hipper: The cast is considerably younger than their counterparts in the previous 3 The Fantastic Four films, and the film itself adapts the Younger and Hipper Ultimate Fantastic Four line of comics.