In the past week, we received our first official plot synopsis for the Fantastic Four movie. Check it out real quick:
“THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. 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.”
One of the notable things about this movie that pops up a lot is the Ultimate nature of this movie. The idea of teleporting to another dimension to alter their form (probably the Negative Zone) is directly pulled from the Ultimate Fantastic Four. This also fits in with the Fantastic Four being considerably younger than in the normal universe.
There have also been a couple other interesting parts of the Ultimate Universe that appear to be finding their way into the new movie. The Baxter Building was a “think tank” in the Ultimate Universe, which happened to bring together the greatest minds that would eventually become the Fantastic Four (and Ben Grimm, who kinda just happened to fit in). It sounds like this approach to the Baxter Building is being adopted by the new movies.
In short, the 2005 Fantastic Four seems to be very similar to the original and base Marvel Universe, while this new movie seems to be drawing much more from the Ultimate Universe. That being said, director Josh Trank told the actors not to read any comics in preparation, because he would be taking it in a new direction. Supposedly, this means that the movie may still be completely different from any comic universe that we currently know.
As we get closer, I have some major concerns regarding this movie. Frankly, we know too little about it. It’s coming up this summer, but Fox appears to have no interest in promoting it just yet. It’s not just that we have no trailer, it’s that we have no promise of a trailer, no set images, and only just got any plot details.
One more question regarding the Fantastic Four in general: Are they too outdated? Many other superheroes have adapted as they moved into the future. At one point, the Fantastic Four was the foundation of the Marvel Universe. Now, do they still matter? The comics don’t sell well and Marvel seems to be abandoning them in the comic universe. Is the Fantastic Four still relevant nowadays? Should it be allowed to calmly drop back into the Marvel history?
I have a lot of questions, but for now, only time will tell.