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TRAILER: Fantastic Four

Written by Alex Reale

Please believe me when I say that I always try to give films/movies/books a chance before I judge them. There are some exceptions to this moral code of mine, and one of them is the Fantastic Four reboot, which is going to be released later this year. If you’ve read my earlier article, you will see that I already made up most of my mind regarding this film, and after checking out the first teaser trailer today, I’m pretty happy that I’m not getting my hopes up.

In case you haven’t seen Fantastic Four trailer, here it is:

Can we all agree that the whole “old guy doing a voice-over as the camera pans across the city” shtick is getting old? Right when the trailer kicked off and I heard some random dude narrating, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. I mean, if you needed the narration in there, at least let it be done by someone like Miles Teller or another core cast member.

Oh, and I loved how the beginning of the trailer featured a card that stated that this film is “from the studio that brought you X-Men: Days of Future Past.” We know who Fox is, thanks! I had to laugh. They couldn’t show any other credits to appeal to the audience? What else were they going to say? “From the studio that also created the first two crappy Fantastic Four films.”

Teaser trailers have changed over the course of the past few years, especially in regards to comic book films. If you go back and watch the teasers for Avengers: Age of UltronAnt-Man, and even X-Men: Days of Future Past, they all had something in common: they were interesting! You saw a little bit of action that was enough to satisfy you but also tease you.

The Fantastic Four trailer did not have that. We saw maybe a flicker of the Human Torch and the back of the Thing’s body. Although, I have to say that it was pretty neat to see Invisible Woman making an appearance throughout the entire trailer (Get it?! BECAUSE YOU CAN’T SEE HER!).

In a two-minute trailer, you’d think we would see more of the powers. Instead, we see the characters doing stuff like fixing cars and playing baseball. Then we see them go into space, which is where they’re supposed to get their powers, but seeing as how many creative liberties the filmmakers are taking with the movie, I wouldn’t be surprised if they change this portion as well.

Josh Trank really has dropped the ball. This trailer should’ve changed my pessimistic thoughts on the film. Instead, it just made me think that this movie will be little more than a crossover between Chronicle and Prometheus. Maybe if it was being sold as a regular science-fiction film, I could handle it. But it just bothers the hell out of me that they had to slap on the Marvel properties to keep the rights and to make more money.

Fantastic Four releases on August 7th, 2015.

Am I being too harsh on the trailer? Did you enjoy it or do you agree that it’s pretty disappointing? Sound off in the comments or send us your thoughts on Twitter!

About the author

Alex Reale

From a young age, Alex knew he was destined to be a writer. He also harbored a deep infatuation with superheroes and comics. Luckily, he was able to combine these two passions through his role with A Place to Hang Your Cape, where he works as Junior Sidekick and Social Media Hero.

When he’s not writing for AP2HYC or working full-time as a content manager for a small business website, Alex is diligently at work on other creative projects including a fantasy novel collection and an independent comic series.

You can find Alex's first book, Dodger's Doorway, on Amazon!