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.
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.
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.
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.
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.