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The new trailer for Fantastic Four wasn’t supposed to be released until tomorrow morning, but after another leak, 20th Century Fox moved fast to get the official trailer out for your Sunday viewing pleasure.

Get your first look at the team using their powers and a glimpse at this iteration of Doctor Doom:

Fantastic Four, directed by Josh Trank, hits theaters on August 7th.


  1. I so want not to pre-judge, but I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

    Who’s the target audience? It sure isn’t anyone who’s familiar the legacy series. They’ve jettisoned almost everything. The worst change? Transforming Reed Richards, one of the world’s foremost scientists, into some snot-nosed kid who looks like he’s barely out of high school. It totally ruins the generational dynamic between Johnny and the rest of the team that was part of the group’s wide appeal. Instead of being a father figure, Richards is now one of the kids, and the new father figure is Sue and Johnny’s father, who looms so large, its almost as if he’s part of the group. Why screw with a basic formula that’s worked for more than 50 years? Where’s Marvel’s brand manager? Do they even have one?

    Because of Marvel’s recent film track record, this will probably do OK at the box office. But I’ll be shocked if it’s a blockbuster. My guess is it will be one of the most lackluster Marvel films in quite awhile.

  2. Why would anyone want to watch this? It looks ponderous and generic. (And wearily literal in having bits break off the Thing.)

  3. Is it good or bad that comic fandom seems to care so little that this movie is basically taking the FF and butchering them like super-hero flicks used to do in the bad old days? I mean, when Johnny Storm being black is the smallest deviation from the source material and few really mind?


  4. This film is receiving massive negative feedback. Josh Trank was supposed to be at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim this past weekend but canceled at the last minute, apparently due to illness. He certainly dodged a bullet because it would have been his only public appearance since all the news about the FF movie hit the fan and so he didn’t have to face tough questions about his “creative” decisions. Apparently what seemed like a ridiculous internet rumor about Doctor Doom is true, which wipes this film off my slate of movies to see this summer. The handling of Doctor Doom in the previous FF films was certainly bungled, but nothing like what this film is doing. Doctor Doom has the potential of being as major a screen villain as Darth Vader if only he would be presented the way Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created him. He doesn’t need to be revamped or “improved” for modern audiences.

  5. i certainly don’t understand the negativity about this trailer. I think it looks great. The Ultimate Fantastic Four comic was terrific and it demonstrated an excellent way to update the characters for a new generation of fans. Basing the new movie on that updated take on the characters was a smart way to go. I would love a period piece set in the 60’s (ala X-Men First Class meets Mad Men), but that is not the only way to tell stories with these characters. This movie looks like it will be a substantial upgrade to the prior FF movies.

  6. Using the Ultimates as a model for this FF film very well could be a mistake of epic proportions. The amount of people who read Ultimates compared to the amount of people who read the legacy FF is tiny by comparison, and if this film starts strong and then dies on the vine due to word of mouth, it very likely will be a backlash of people telling their friends, “Yuck! This isn’t the FF I remember.”

    Kind of like Ang Lee’s “Hulk.”

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