Film: Fantastic Four (2015)

With every new discovery there is risk, there is sacrifice, and there are consequences.
Dr. Franklin Storm

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.

It's cast includes:
  • 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)

The film serves as a Continuity Reboot for 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four film franchise, and has no connection to the 3 previous films. Its story follows Reed Richards, a brilliant scientist researching travel into Another Dimension. However, when a test involving him and 3 other subjects goes horribly wrong, the four must adapt to their rapidly changing bodies before those around them can exploit Reed's research for personal gain.

Like The Amazing Spider-Man and X-Men films, the movie is not part of Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is set in the X-Men film universe. A sequel was officially slated for 2017 long before the film was even released.

Previews: trailer 1.

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 is Victor Domashev rather than Victor von Doom. In addition, "Doom" is simply an online alias.
  • 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: 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.
  • 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: Film footage suggests that Ben will be a dull grey-brown or a very dark shade of orange.
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: The aforementioned Doombots.
  • Serkis Folk: The Thing is created through CGI and motion-capture, as actor Jamie Bell is physically smaller than the character.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Josh Trank's first film,Chronicle. Like Chronicle, FF explores the consequences of young people with superpowers and what they would choose to do with them.
  • Vagueness Is Coming
    Victor: Be ready for what's coming.
    Reed: What is coming?
    Victor: 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.