Between Batman v Superman hype and Star Wars hype, it’s been hard to even think about anything else the last couple of days. But out of the corner came Fantastic Four, reminding us that they still exist, with a trailer that definitely looks better than the first trailer released for the film. So let’s talk Fantastic Four trailer feels!
To be fair to the first trailer, it was a teaser trailer, so there’s only so much you can say about it. But we now have our first official full trailer for Fantastic Four, and it looks promising enough. The general premise of the trailer starts off with the good old plot point of wanting to save the world with science. We get introduced to Reed Richards, and soon the rest of the team meet and interact.
And you know, that’s what makes the Fantastic Four great. They’re essentially a family, and their team dynamics and bonds is what separates them from other superhero teams. So it’s good that the trailer gave us a hint at some of those dynamics (awkward failed fist bump). But then they give us a generic “oh I’m a badass shot” of Johnny Storm driving a fast car but what ever, I just giggled a little at that.
The first half of the trailer also did a good job of not taking itself too seriously. Sure you can make the Fantastic Four more mature than how they were presented in the first Fantastic Four films, but going too dark with this movie probably isn’t the best tone they can go for. But I am glad they have decided to make it less campy for sure.
Those shots of the Four displaying their powers on the lab table was great. All of their powers look great on-screen (damnn Sue sweet force field).
My biggest question mark right now is Doom. I’m glad they only gave us a tease of Doom, because they should save the real action for the final trailer. The synopsis of the film includes “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”. Now of course that friend turned enemy is Doom. So if they explore the emotional repercussions of this friend turned enemy, and really have him be this compelling villain that isn’t just another bad guy to punch, then this movie could be really special.
Fantastic Four looks like it is really pushing to be a little more Sci-fi and less superhero, so perhaps the clashing of the Fantastic Four and Doom will be a bit of a discussion surrounding the consequences of science. You know, hubris coupled with science vs using science for good.
Either way I’m interested in seeing Fantastic Four. In 2015 we will only be seeing 3 superhero films (I say only because next year we’re seeing 7 superhero films…yepp), and compared to The Avengers and Ant-Man, Fantastic Four does differentiate itself. Which is good, because as I said earlier, it’s much better to have different tones and themes in these films, to avoid wear out of superhero movies.
Fantastic Four comes out in early August, and will be the last superhero film of 2015.
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