FANTASTIC FOUR Reboot To Be A Grounded Coming Of Age Story


fantastic-four2The Fantastic Four reboot starts shooting in about two weeks down in Baton Rogue, but we still haven’t heard anything official about the Josh Trank directed reboot. We know who the four main cast members are and we know who will play Victor von Doom, but that’s literally all we know. While we wait to see if news will come when filming begins, writer and producer Simon Kinberg is offering up some hints about the film’s story and tone. This take on Marvel‘s first family will be a more grounded and realistic take on the team that will make crossovers with Fox‘s other big property, the X-Men, a little bit harder to do.

Speaking with Den of Geek, Kinberg says that the younger cast allows them to tell a story that show a much more different team than we’re used to seeing. These are normal people who become something abnormal under some rather…fantastic circumstances. This is a coming of age story by way of the Ultimate Universe:

We’re definitely telling a younger story that the original films did. It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, that tell this story. So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is. They’re older than high school, but they’re not quite grown into the world. If anything, this is a coming of age story.
There is archetypal imagery of how they get their powers, for sure, and it does involve some sort of scientific travel.

Ultimate_Fantastic_Four_39_coverThe writer expanded on things in another interview with IGN. This is a reboot/standalone story that really opens up the world and explores superheros in a similar way that Chronicle did:

Yeah, I mean this Fantastic Four movie is in some ways a reboot and in other ways just a standalone origin story. By the end of the movie…we don’t call them the Fantastic Four. They aren’t celebrity superheroes. The tone of the movie is much more grounded, real, and gritty. More in the direction of Chronicle than in the direction of the original Fantastic Four movies. So it is about how four, in some ways five with Victor Von Doom, how five people go from being normal people in the world to being transformed into something, that when it first happens, abnormal, then by the end superhuman.

With the new, grounded, gritty, realist take (the buzzwords for superhero movies nowadays I guess), comes some challenges. Kinberg says that the world of the Fantastic Four and the world of the X-Men exist on two different planes, two different dimensions really. That makes a crossover harder to do. He says in the video that it isn’t impossible, it’s just trick. He told the site, “The Fantastic Four world, a contemporary world, there’s no mention of mutants. Otherwise they wouldn’t be that fantastic. Then in the X-Men world, as we’ve seen, there aren’t famous, celebrity, superhero Fantastic Four.

Dimension hopping has never been a problem in comics, especially for Reed Richards, so those are just temporary hurdles if in fact Fox decides they want to mash the two franchises together. I guess that all depends on how successful the reboot is. As of now the Fantastic Four will star Miles Teller as Reed “Mr. Fantastic” Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michale B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm, and Toby Kebbell as Doctor Doom. What do you think about the writer’s words? Are you excited about the new take on the Fantastic Four, or do you think it will miss the mark?

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