Film: Fantastic Four (2015)

We are stronger together than we are apart.
— Dr. Franklin Storm

Fantastic Four, stylized as Fant4stic, 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 is produced by 20th Century Fox.

Its 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. While the movie was originally conceived as taking place in the X-Men film continuity (which Fox also owns), it was later decided that the movie should exist in a standalone universe to save the possibility of a crossover for later (although whether or not they can actually do the crossover depends on who you ask).

A sequel was officially slated for 2017 long before the film was even released.

Previews: trailer 1, trailer 2.

Official website.

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.
  • 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: The Thing will not initially have Magic Pants following his transformation and will be appearing completely naked (sans certain anatomical features).
  • 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 Coming
    Harvey: 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.
  • Your Size May Vary: The Thing's size shifts between various shots of the movie.