After two distinctly average attempts to put the Fantastic Four on the big screen, they’re back for one more try. And this trailer indicates they’re not going for the shiny shiny happy tone of the last couple – it has a pretty dark tone to it.
Hard to tell at this point – with such little to go on – what this will turn out like. (Though I’m sure that hasn’t stopped millions of geeks worldwide stating their considered opinion on the film mere seconds after watching the teaser trailer).
While the original story had Reed Richards and chums fly themselves into space, this looks more like they get caught in some kind of scientific experiment gone wrong. Either way, we get to see a little bit of Johnny Storm’s ‘Flame On!’ routine and what looks like Ben Grimm appearing from a pile of rubble as ‘The Thing’.
I’ll definitely give it a go, though I wasn’t a massive fan of the two previous iterations. I really enjoy seeing what the studios do with these long standing characters and how they introduce them to geeks and non-fans alike.
But in the Marvel heroes films league, I still think the Avengers films are beating the pants off the X-Men, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four franchises to date. I want to see them making more, quality comics-based films, not simply take a long-established franchise, rip out the ‘difficult bits’ and throw it up on the screen to maximise viewing figures and merchandise sales.
I think Marvel Studios did a great job introducing the Marvel Universe by tying together the Iron Man, Thor and Avengers films so far. Not to mention Captain America. It’s just a shame that legal wrangling prevents the studios from bringing all these characters under one umbrella – they’ve already demonstrated that moviegoers like the notion of a joined-up fictional ‘universe’.
Why not make it more inclusive?
Regardless of what happens to the Richards family after this film, Marvel has plenty lined up to keep us busy for the next few years.
Which makes this particular geek extremely happy indeed.