Fantastic Four trailer preview: It's dark and engaging

  • Jyoti Sharma Bawa, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 28, 2015 16:16 IST

"How did we get this far? Human beings have an immeasurable desire to discover, to invent and to build." As the trailer of Fantastic Four opens, we hear Dr Franklin Storm solemnly delivering a monologue of what future holds for humanity.

The sparse background score and the grave discussion set the tone for the trailer which has made fans of superhero genre very happy. And then, Dr Storm delivers his warning, "But with every new discovery, there is risk, there is sacrifice and there are consequences."

The Fantastic Four franchise may be a superhit which changed the fortunes of Marvel Comics but its films have never gone beyond 'ho, hum'. Going by this trailer, this status quo may just change with this new-age interpretation which is dark and rooted in real science.

Here's what we know about the four superheroes who are more of a family than a league brought together to save the world: Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic), the brother-sister duo of Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman) and Johnny Storm (the Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (the Thing) who travel to space in a rocket, where they encounter cosmic rays that give them superpowers.

The focus is on a time before the quartet gets their superhero powers - Reed can stretch, Sue can go invisible and construct invisible objects with her mind, Johnny can turn himself into a living flame and Grimm has the power of super-strength.

The trailer shows their lives before everything is upended by their superpowers. We also meet their arch-nemesis Doom, who goes by the name Victor Domashev in this film. Doom is an anti-social programmer who hails from the fictional country Latveria.

We see Sue tracking someone in Latveria and something tells us that it just may be Doom. And we can't wait for this confrontation to begin.

The film's director Josh Trank and writer Simon Kinberg have said that they want the film to reflect actual science, which explains Interstellar-like landscapes in the trailer.

The film releases this July.

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