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FANTASTIC FOUR Synopsis Reveals ULTIMATE Origins

FANTASTIC FOUR Synopsis Reveals ULTIMATE Origins

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.


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  1. JasonP says:

    Hopefully by the time it is released, they’ll have renamed it to something else (not the Fantastic Four) and just include a “based on characters created by” credit for Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.

  2. I don’t like passing judgement on a film before seeing it or at leasr seeing s trailer. However, my interest in this is nonexistent. Not because of this synopsis. Not because FOX created it. It’s because the Fantastic Four has no appeal to me. They’re my grandparents’ superheroes. I hope Josh Trank can change my opinion with a trailer.

  3. Monkeyhead says:

    If it makes a HUGE loss in the cinema I would be interested if the news headlines would class this as a ‘shock’? I have not seen a single positive comment coming from any website covering this story (to which includes me, I think this will die on it’s ar*e).

  4. Ben says:

    A contemporary Re imagining. That line alone tells you it will be bad. Not interested. 

    • AlexTheBritishLlama says:

      Yep, that’s code for ‘we’re kind of embarrassed by our own film, so we’re dumping all the elements that people will recognise’.

  5. Jake from GA says:

    Um why would you  waste time and money on a failed franchise?  Now who said Capt. America will never meet the Fantastesticle Four ever?  Seriously?

  6. mike says:

    No sir I dont like it quit messing with story lines if you want somthing original producers write somthing original

  7. mike says:

    Hmm…. no sir I dont like it

  8. Ken says:

    Because money doesn’t talk, it swears.

  9. Bob says:

    Just sell them back to Marvel Studios and you’ll make some profit on this.  No one will pay to see this slop.

    • TheDude250 says:

      your faith in people in astounding! i on the other hand believe they’re are plenty of stupid people out they’re willing to pay to see this in theatre unfortunately….. for example if they release during a time slot when there’s not much competition out there, then i don’t see how they wont make a profit. enough profit for a shitty sequel even….. 

  10. mark says:

    Dislike. They need to give up rebooting this series, and just tell the real stories better than they did before.

  11. amidude says:

    Going to forgo this one. They should create a different group instead of bastardizing a well established super hero team.

  12. Oh. I heard they would be fighting Voldemort.

  13. Roger J Diamond says:

    My question is simple: Why?  Why change it to “contemporary?”   If you’re going to change it this much, why not just create a new group.  This makes no sense.

    • Kinnon says:

      Because people aren’t going to go see it if it is something new. Fantastic Four has made a good name for itself in the comic world so it makes it more desirable to see

      • Axelsanx says:

        Most people didn’t know the Guardians but people went to see that movie.

        • Dee says:

          Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t new. They’ve been around for a while.

        • TheDude250 says:

          While guardians isn’t new, it certainly was an unfamiliar group to the general public…. before it was announced if i was to tell one of my buds it would be one of the highest grossing super hero films ever i would have been slapped

        • Harry says:

          I remember reading a few Guardians issues back in the 80s and it was crap. It essentially disappeared to the level that most people didn’t know it. So if anyone says it isn’t new and people knew about it they’re probably comic collectors from the 80s