4 knee-jerk reactions from the "Fantastic Four" teaser


20th Century Fox is facing an uphill battle winning over fanboys and girls to get psyched to see its latest “Fantastic Four” film. After eons of waiting on anything from the film since the cast announcements, the teaser trailer debuted today.

And here’s the four biggest takeaways from it.

Fantastic Four trailer - The Fantastic Four

  1. Less is less

Borrowing a page from J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan, the trailer strikes an ominous, mysterious tone without really saying anything. Abrams and Nolan have solid track records and can get away with throwing a bunch of random images together to pique your interest, but Fantastic Four director Josh Trank doesn’t and with the FF’s previously underwhelming two films, there’s not a lot to convince audiences this is a summer must-see … at least just yet.

Fantastic Four trailer - The Thing

  1. There’s still some uncertainty with The Thing and Dr. Doom designs

Every Marvel fan has a general idea of how The Thing and Dr. Doom should look as they’re two of the most iconic characters in the Marvel stable. The trailer wants to simply tease The Thing and keep Dr. Doom off-screen suggesting there may still be a little apprehension over how this new film approaches these major characters.

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  1. This film could collapse under the weight of its seriousness.

Anyone remember that last year’s second highest grossing film featured a talking tree and a gun-toting raccoon? Oddly enough, audiences loved it and had a blast seeing “Guardians of the Galaxy (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital Copy).” The lesson Fox seemed to take away from the first two FF films is that people like watching dark and moody superheroes. True, the first two may have veered too often in the silly territory, but the FF aren’t persecuted outcasts like the X-Men or earth’s mightiest heroes like the Avengers. They’re a family, not the moody emo gang of the superhero set. If you’re looking for a fun summer superhero movie, “Ant-Man” looks to be the surer bet.

Fantastic Four trailer - Reed Richards

  1. Marvel fans are still going to want to see the FF rights revert to Marvel Studios

If Fox stops making FF movies, Marvel Studios can gain the rights to bring the Fantastic Four and its characters to the Avengers/Ant-Man/Guardians of the Galaxy universe. This trailer does little to restore confidence that anyone but Marvel Studios can fix what ails Reed Richards and company.


  • keith

    F this move!!!!! Viva la Marvel!

  • Barry Murray

    I’m wondering if they are eschewing the cosmic rays in orbit part and making it the Negative Zone… It looks like they get in capsules to go somewhere… Might hint at the discovery of the Negative Zone which was used in the comics for the incarceration of non-registered super heroes… And if it does hint at that, perhaps there is a level of collusion going on with Marvel and Fox.
    What do you think?

  • That’s possible. Kind of a Stargate kinda deal then, huh?

    Marvel is way too busy holding its breath and turning blue to work in any fashion with Fox. 🙁

  • keith


  • Jace

    I didn’t see anything in that trailer that made me think I need to spend my dollars on that movie.

  • Me neither 😉

  • Ben

    It’s too serious. We need some light-hearted heroes and the Four should be some of them.

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