“They’re making another Fantastic Four movie?”
Yes. And, quite frankly, it’s a really good thing. The year 2005 brought us a Fantastic Four movie, which was followed up two years later with Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. But neither did particularly well in the box office. Cinemagoers weren’t best pleased either, with Rotten Tomatoes scoring the first flick just 26%.
So with this new film comes high expectations. Let’s be honest, 20th Century Fox wouldn’t even attempt to reboot if they weren’t planning on putting everything but the kitchen sink into it; and the trailer certainly isn’t disappointing people. As well as showcasing a killer cast – hello rising star Miles Teller and Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot fame – it also looks far more action-packed than its predecessors.
A few plot changes are evident too. In both the original comics and the 2005 film, the Fantastic Four gain their powers from cosmic radiation exposure. In the soon-to-be-released movie, they visit an alternative dimension which, ultimately, changes everything. In a similar vein, although Sue and Johnny Storm are sister and brother by blood in older versions, this new version has Sue as an adopted sibling. Another cast observation is that Reed Richards (or Mr. Fantastic) is played by a younger actor, the aforementioned Miles Teller. This could tie in with the discussion over the fact that the new film will take a more modern, young approach.
With the characters in mind, it’s worth thinking about the Fantastic Four, who aren’t really four at all. You’ve got Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch and The Thing, but beyond this is a whole host of other characters who, at some point, have been part of the gang. There’s Ant-Man, Crystal, She-Hulk and Spider-Man to name a few. Only time will tell if these figures will appear in the sequel, already planned for 2017.
We’re really excited to discover which characters we relate to the most. That’s something everyone does while watching a film, right? There is a Fantastic Four quiz you can try here to see which character you are most like. There’s The Invisible Woman, originally an award-winning captain of the girls’ varsity swim team in high school – she’s athletic and confident. Then there’s child prodigy Mr. Fantastic; an absolute genius. The Human Torch was raised by his older sister, The Invisible Girl, and is known as a quiet soul who’s suffered bullying. The Thing’s early life was awash with poverty and hardship, so he grew up to be streetwise and tough.
But all go on to beat up the bad guys, don’t they? Oh, to be a superhero! The new reboot is set for release on August 6th. The early signs are it looks to be an epic success, and we can’t wait to see where it goes from here…