Are They Fantastic? Are They Really?

I'm going to be completely up front about this: I don't think I can be objective when it comes to the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot (or, apparently, Fant4stic, which is just terrible). This is because I don't think the Fantastic Four are all that interesting. Yes, they're the first family of superheroes, but the dynamic that made them so innovative 1961 has resulted in forty years of endless repetition of the same three storylines (one of them dies, one of them leaves, one of them falls in love with something evil) and frankly hasn't done anything noteworthy since the horrendous Heroes Reborn crossover in the nineties.

First impressions of this film: there is a lot working against my favour. First, it is very obviously taking it's inspiration from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comic, which isn't a wise choice, considering that Ultimate FF was the least engaging of the original Ultimate line and, zombies aside, took until the title was well cancelled before it did anything truly original  with the character. Second, while I have nothing against any particular member of the cast, my pitch for an MCU-incorporated Spider-man might have made clear I'm not overly interested in watching teenage-to-twenty-something heroes. Show me a fully grow adult, and I'm engaged as all get out. I will give DC the credit they deserve, they haven't hired any super babies for their Justice League series.

But all of that aside, the film just doesn't look like it's doing anything new. Pretending that it isn't based on a property, with a near half century history, and that it isn't being compared to a heavily saturated sub-genre of films, does this two minute teaser give us the impression that it is worth getting excited over? And, it really doesn't. The narration is pretty cliche, the CG looks bog-standard, and oh look, New York is in danger yet again. If Fox wants to tread hard on the heels of Days of Future Past and sell us that this won't be the Fantastic Four version of the Amazing Spider-man (read: redundant and subpar), they have to have the product to back that up. And this early look just doesn't do that to me.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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