Unless you’re still bothered by a black Human Torch or the sight of The Thing with no pants. And you shouldn’t be!
With all the alleged turmoil surrounding Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, I watched this trailer from a greater than usual distance through crooked fingers, teeth gnashed. But GLORY BE, the alleged insult or slight I’d been bracing myself for never materialized, and damned if this little teaser doesn’t seem to be the best news the Fantastic Four have had in any medium in some time. Or maybe I was just lulled into a comforted state by the sultry narration of Frank Underwood’s favorite barbecue chef… YOU DECIDE!
I’m not entirely sold, but at least I’m much more intrigued than ever before. To me, that’s good news. Or good enough news. I grew up a hardcore FF fan and there’s no way in hell I’m rooting for this movie to be bad, even though it would seem most of us are. No, I’m not saying it’ll be any good, but I am putting the question out there: Are we hoping Fox’s Fantastic Four movie fails? Obviously, we’d all like to see the property under the considerably more vast and capable umbrella of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we could even speculate that Fox’s deathgrip on the IP got the comic (most of us aren’t even reading) canceled.
But comic fans also know full well that the Fantastic Four have a considerably harder story to put on film. There are a million ways this can go wrong, rigidly adhering to the source material chief among them (Hi, Mr. Corman!) We know the odds are against this movie, but hey, Chronicle was pretty damned good. And so the hell was Days of Future Past. I dunno, something about this trailer brought me a tiny sense of relief, so I wanted to officially pull my ass out of the anti-FF/Josh Trank collective. I don’t want another terrible Fantastic Four movie, and this is the first glimmer of hope I’ve received that gives me faith that that might not be the case. Let us know your thoughts below, as it’ll probably be a discussion point on this week’s Cape Crisis! And if you really care, check out our horrible streams of incredibly old Fantastic Four games.