Well my friends, one of the most hotly anticipated films of 2015 has finally released a teaser trailer. The film in question is, of course, Josh Trank’s Fantastic 4. Reception from comic and film fans in general has been very frosty, and the backlash even went as far as to Marvel scrapping the Fantastic 4 comic line. As you can see, hopes are all but high for the reboot, due to release in August, but now a teaser trailer has landed, have any fans been swayed? Take a look at the trailer if you haven’t already:

Personally, I felt the trailer was a tad too underwhelming. Unlike the Ant-Man trailer, which showed perhaps a little too much footage, particularly those containing action and spectacle, the trailer for Fantastic 4 is just far too ominous for its own good. The voiceover is very dark and brooding, which in my opinion doesn’t suit this property at all, and it seems all too serious and mopey for my liking.

However, all this doom (get it?) and gloom would be more acceptable if we wound the clocks back to January 2014. At this stage, superhero films in general were very dark and depressing, but by the end of the year, Guardians of the Galaxy had been released to wide acclaim, and proved that a film doesn’t need to be serious to be faithful, or as Fox probably care about more, profitable.

I think it would be a good idea if we compared the Fantastic Four trailer with the trailer of Guardians of the Galaxy. In the trailer for Guardians, a clear tone was set from the very beginning; a more light-hearted and fun experience for cinemagoers. However, with the Fantastic Four trailer, their overall goal is much too ambiguous for its own benefit. It seems like they want to go for a dark, brooding atmosphere, but in an era where 99% of film trailers, particularly for action, are dark, it has nothing to set it aside from the rest of the pack. It also seems like 20th Century Fox are going to be approaching this film with a more cosmic view, highlighted in the trailer’s final shot, where the Fantastic Four are seen together on a distant planet. I don’t have an issue with this, but they do seem to be cramming an awful lot of story into a short amount of time. Just from the trailer we have picked up on:

  1. Flashbacks to the past
  2. The formation of the team
  3. The team fighting in outer space – post-powers
  4. A dystopian, Interstellar-like future (see 0:23 in the trailer)
  5. The team preparing and blasting off into space – pre-powers
  6. A government subplot
  7. Far reaching lands (0:13)

Sure, this all sounds good on paper, and one may even argue that this isn’t all that much to fit in to a two-hour spectacle, but this trailer fails to mention one of the key elements of the Fantastic Four comics – Dr. Doom! We know he’s going to be in it, and if they can’t even squeeze him in to the teaser trailer, imagine how bloated the actual film is going to be!

All this aside, I will go and see Fantastic Four as soon as I can. I can’t wait to see Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, mainly because I haven’t always liked him, but since Whiplash, he has turned his career around entirely, demanding that people take him seriously as an actor, which excites me a lot, because that guy is talented. The CGI also looks spectacular, which I can’t wait to see more of, and the cinematography, particularly the first few opening shots of the trailer, is just phenomenal.

I will see Fantastic Four, but I felt the trailer has let it down a tad by keeping its guard up and not showing us enough of what we want to see. Yes, there is a lot going on in this trailer, as seen above, but all we really wanted to see in the first peek at the film was the team themselves, and by my estimate, I’d say we got 3 seconds maximum of the team actually in costume, preparing for battle.

Not so fantastic.

What did you think of the trailer? Will you be going to see Fantastic Four when it lands in cinemas in August 2015? Be sure to comment below, leave a like, and share the article around!

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