Fantastic Four is a little more than a month away and director Josh Trank (Chronicle) shared with Entertainment Weekly about what we can expect from the latest installment.
“Chronicle was all about the discovery and evolution of those powers. This is like, ‘What if it’s a couple years later and it sucks?’ ”
Eventually the Four harness their talents to combat superskilled villain Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbell) in the film, due in theaters Aug. 7. “The audience should expect an epic, massive, huge, multipower slugfest,” Trank says. “This movie is big. A lot of stakes.”
Co-screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg of the 2005 and 2007 versions provided additional comments,
“Even more so given the franchise’s not-so-sterling reputation. I get the skepticism going into it because the previous movies weren’t very good. It’s a very hard title to crack.”
This reboot of the franchise appears to be more heavily influenced by the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics that were written by Brian Michael Bendis than the old Stan Lee/Jack Kirby team. The Fantastic Four are considered Marvel’s “first family” and longest running superhero team. The synopsis of the film is that “four young outsiders acquire amazing abilities after a trip to an alternate universe changes their physical forms in unforeseen ways.” The four must learn to work together as a team and harness these new powers to save the Earth from a former friend turned enemy, Victor Domashev.
Fantastic Four arrives in theaters in the US August 7 and stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, Jamie Bell (Adventures of Tintin) as Ben Grimm/The Thing and Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Victor Domashev/Dr. Doom.