It was easy to forget that the Fantastic Four, Marvel’s first family of superheroes, were getting rebooted this summer. While other comic book movies were doling out new information like teasers, posters, and pictures of costumes, all we heard about this one was “Don’t worry, it’s still happening.” But now Fox finally has a trailer for the film to back those claims up.
When the Fantastic Four first debuted, they helped kick off the Silver Age of Comic Books, an era full of fascination with science and exploration. It was the 1960s after all. This trailer, while light on specifics, looks like it’s trying to capture that same feeling, albeit through a more somber, almost Interstellar-style lens. We get a few glimpses of Michael B. Jordan flaming on as the Human Torch, Miles Teller’s Mr. Fantastic stretching his arm towards something, and a pile of rocks that can only be Jamie Bell as the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing. Meanwhile, Kate Mara types on a computer while fellow House of Cards vet Reg E. Cathey provides the optimistic narration. But considering Mara is playing Sue Storm a.k.a. the Invisible Woman, she could be in all of the shots, just unseen. It also seems like we’ll have to wait a little longer before seeing Toby Kebbell’s angry computer programmer take on Doctor Doom.
Fantastic Four comes out this August 7, so there’s still plenty of time to get the hype train going. But it is a strange just how little we’ve seen of the film until now. Rumors suggest that director Josh Trank, whose only previous film was the well-received but smaller scale sci-fi flick Chronicle, didn’t quite have what it takes to handle a project this large and filming was messy as a result. Considering he’s been hired to do a Star Wars spin-off next, that’s not promising news. But plenty of troubled productions turn out okay in the end. In a few months, we’ll see if Fantastic Four is one of them.