The official plot synopsis for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming and more-than-a-little controversial Fantastic Four reboot has finally been made public. After first surfacing earlier today on the film review website, Rotten Tomatoes, Fox has confirmed, but has stated that it wasn’t officially released, that the announcement about the plot of the movie based on Marvel’s longest-running comic book is indeed legit. So, get your pitchforks, torches, and holy water ready, because here it is:
“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.”
In fairness, the plot does vaguely resemble the plot of the first few issues of Ultimate Fantastic Four, which included the origin of the team by way of a teleportation accident. The Ultimate origin didn’t send them to another dimension, but scattered them across the globe, and their powers were loosely element-based. The proposed story of “four young outsiders” is a little troubling, however. This particular synopsis comes mere weeks after a more detailed one that was denied by screenwriter Jeremy Slater. Neither of the synopses contradicts the other, however, and both include the teleportation accident origin.
From confusing casting decisions, inconvenient leaks, and constant pushing-back of release dates, to reports of (my personal favorite) no one working on the film being required to read the source material, the planned reboot of the much-beloved Marvel property has met with fan-fueled anger, revulsion, and constant attacks on cast and crew since the project was announced. Marvel Comics has cancelled the Fantastic Four comic, presumably to protest Fox’s handling of the property. Again, in fairness, this kind of thing happens all the time, especially when you consider that Marvel has a universe-rebooting event planned. The reason for the cancellation remains speculation, but it’s hard not to make that connection.
Will this new information make Fantastic Four easier for fans to take? Hard to say, but some of the chatter out there is very much not in favor. We shall see.
Fantastic Four will star Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell, written by Simon Kinberg, and directed by Josh (Chronicle) Trank. It is scheduled to hit theaters August 2015.
Michael Brown is a comics nerd and a father who lives in small town Tennessee. When he’s not making his players mad in his “Shadowrun” RPG or experimenting with new and inventive uses of duct tape on his children, you can find him checking out the latest comics and movies for SCIFI.radio!