The Fantastic Four Movie: Everything we Know

Feature Mike Cecchini 6/19/2014 at 9:07AM

With the new Fantastic Four movie only a year away from release, we break down all the info that might be helpful.

It seems almost impossible that in the over fifty year history of the Fantastic Four that they've yet to really get it right on the big screen. The first attempt was the unfortunate, never-released (unless you're into the bootleg scene) Roger Corman produced version, then there were FOX's two big-budget endeavors, Fantastic Four (of course) and Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer. Those films, while they were met with a reasonable amount of box-office success, failed to really inspire audiences, and the franchise just sort of faded away.

Now that the X-Men franchise is back on track, FOX is trying their hand at the Fantastic Four once again. To be fair, if they don't have an FF movie in production every few years, the rights will revert back to Marvel, who would surely welcome their first family into their movie studio fold. It doesn't look like that will be happening any time soon, though. With all that in mind, here's everything we currently know about the new Fantastic Four movie.

The Cast

First and foremost, the movie needs a Four. They've got 'em in the form of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell as Reed "Mr. Fantastic" Richards, Sue "Invisible Girl" Storm, Johnny "The Human Torch" Storm, and Benjamin "The Thing" Grimm, respectively. The four scientific explorers will gain superpowers, although we're not quite sure which approach they're going to take (we'll get to that in a minute).

Reg. E Cathey will play Dr. Franklin Storm, the father of Johnny and Sue, and likely the man who helps facilitate the acquisition of their powers.  Toby Kebbel is the team's greatest enemy, Victor von Doom, while Tim Blake Nelson is Harvey Elder, the "eccentric and socially awkward scientist" who will eventually come to be known as the Mole Man.

The Story

This is where things are a little murky, but luckily, writer/producer Simon Kinberg has been plenty chatty about various details while out on the interview circuit discussing X-Men: Days of Future Past.

[related article: What's Next for the X-Men and Fantastic Four Film Universe]

A number of signs (including a leaked plot synopsis which Josh Trank promptly debunked) seem to point to an origin story a little different than the traditional Fantastic Four comics. Originally a group of astronauts (more or less) who get exposed to cosmic radiation, it sounds like the Four's powers may be extradimensional in nature this time around. We'll just let these excerpts from our own interview with Simon Kinberg take over here:

"We’re definitely telling a younger story that the original films did. It depends on what books you look at. There are some, like the Ultimate books, that tell this story. So it is an origin story of the Fantastic Four, and it does follow them before they really know what a superhero is."

He also describes this as "a coming of age story" and promises that their origin story will involve "some sort of scientific travel." Yes, that sounds like Ultimate Fantastic Four (the 2004 update of the FF story by Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, and Adam Kubert) to us, too. Does this mean we're going to get a more monstrous Doctor Doom this time around, perhaps?

As for the tone of the film, Kinberg promised that "We're approaching it in a much more realistic, grounded, science rather than science fiction way." 

The Rest

The Fantastic Four is currently filming. Principal photography began in May.

Initially FOX's intention was for their rebooted Fantastic Four universe to occupy the same world as their X-Men films, but in recent months, that suggestion has been walked back. In other words, don't expect any Reed Richards/Charles Xavier chess games any time in the future. For now, you can settle for the fact that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn is one of the film's producers. 

The Fantastic Four opens on June 19th, 2015. 

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I am personally not going to watch any more spider man or FF movies until they revert back to Marvel.So good look Fox.

I guess Johnny and Sue have a different mama?

Im confused, there are so many conflicting articles regarding the cast. Nearly an equal number say that these are the cast, and these arent the cast. So, im just going to wait until the trailers come out...or the announcement at SDCC ths year. But, if this is the cast...i probably wont be seeing FF in theaters.

So how is Jonny black and Sue white? I'm not racist...just confused...

ugh every comic movie doesn't have to be realistic and dark...Spiderman, Superman, Fantastic 4 (early) were light comics with humor in them...now we just grit everything up and kill off main characters. Batman is supposed to be gritty, hell Frank Miller wrote for Batman. So he gets a pass but this is getting ridiculous.

Miles Teller... BARF

It has nothing to do with racism. The studio wanted to increase revenue from ticket sales by diversifying the members of the Fantastic Four. A black Johnny Storm invites a wider black audience.

It should still be entertaining, but let's be honest. It's a capitalist move that disrespects the source material. If the goal is to get more black heroes on screen, then present black heroes. I would like to see Blade revisited. Maybe a homosexual Chinese Blade to widen the ticket sales. Maybe a new version of Superman who was raised in Tehran and stands for Truth, Justice, and the Islamic way. After all there are over 2 billion ticket sales at stake.

Who needs source material anyway?

Oh i totally agree with you about they wanted to diversify. But what I meant is literally how is one of them white and one black? They are brother and sister. Are they suppose to be adopted, different mom, different dad? Like how bc I'm not buying same mom same dad.

"As for the tone of the film, Kinberg promised that "We're approaching it in a much more realistic, grounded, science rather than science fiction way." "

gee a comic book that is more realistic than science fiction... how original. Frankly, the Batman reboot was lucky with it. The first was just ok and the second was only big because of Heath Ledger, the third was complete garbage and horribly so now fox tries to make all the comic book movies like that. The cast for Fantastic Four has to be the worst picks. I remember when movies were made to be a good entertaining movie and not sole purpose of diversity for ticket sales with a lather rinse and repeat movie making model.

It's Marvel's own undoing that they didn't create a more diverse universe of heroes all those years ago besides white males, which seemingly makes up 90% of the vast majority of the comic book industry. Being black, I wouldn't mind an all white FF cast, but at least include supporting minority characters relevant to the FF universe so it doesn't perpetuate that "all white" stigma in today's modern times of a widely diverse population.

I believe there's a single shared parent situation or an adoption. Ultimately, they are still supposed to be portraying siblings. They are going to be brother/sister connected.

Okay gotcha thats what i didnt know and I hadnt heard anything about it.

Yeah i agree with you that i dont really wanna see Dr. Doom again but he is their archenemy and is really the only enemy that noncomic book to mild comic book readers would know

Maybe we just need more time to forget the last movie attempts then.

Maybe but its not like they can just wait like we want bc then the rights would go back to Marvel. Which I and I think most people would prefer.

Understood. They should just let it go back to Marvel. Not like they know what they're doing with the characters.

this casting f-ing sucks

The cast doesn't bother me one bit. I bet they will be fine. I really hate to see another origin story though. Even if it's only 25% of the movie, that's 25% that could have gone to something else.

Minor!?! Why a minor role. There a quite a few Black Super Hero's in the Marvel Universe. For the life of me I don't understand why Marvel hasn't made a movie with one in the lead. I thought Blade had a good run. But that was done by Wesley Snipes. Marvel has yet to put its money behind a Black Super Hero. Black Panther or Luke Cage would be excellent franchises to exploit!!

I thought "Rise of the Silver Surfer" was a good movie. Casting was good with the exception of the Ben Grimm, The Thing. For the Thing to have taken on the Hulk and survived seems like he would have been a lot bigger. Sue the Invisible Girl was taller then him!!