While it seems like we’ve been hearing about every Marvel property between now and 2020, from Avengers: Age of Ultron to X-Men: Apocalypse, there has been strangely little noise about director Josh Trank’s forthcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Apart from comments by Toby Kebbell about Doctor Doom being reimagined as an antisocial hacker, which we broke down on a recent Nerdist News, most of what we’ve learned about the film has come in the form of rampant speculation and hearsay. Well, today all of that changes because a synopsis of the film has hit the web, and Fox has confirmed that it is, indeed, real.
“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.”
The synopsis, which was first shared by Rotten Tomatoes, differs considerably from the original 1961 origin story in which the supergroup gained mysterious powers after exposure to cosmic rays while one a scientific mission to outer space. In Ultimate Fantastic Four, however, the team is much younger and they gain their powers after being trapped by a malfunctioning teleporter and sent to an alternate universe where they gain superhuman abilities–all of which seems to line up with the new synopsis. All in all, it’s probably for the best that they’re leaning toward the Ultimate origin story as the space race paranoia that permeated the original 1961 story wouldn’t exactly play today. Now, here’s hoping that all the comment section backlash hasn’t been warranted when the film finally hits theaters next summer.
Fantastic Four opens on August 7, 2015.
What do you think of this synopsis? Are you on board or are you going to take a vacation to the N-Zone? Let us know in the comments below.