The new Fantastic Four trailer looks better, but still doesn’t look good!
The first trailer for this summer’s Fantastic Four reboot underwhelmed, and perhaps made some long for the Roger Corman bootlegs, so here we have a new one, with a much broader window into the plot. A couple of positives it offers: characters that might have pulses and an adequate, nude, CGI Thing (I guess?). But it still fills one who appreciates the source material with foreboding — and by source material we’re not talking any Ultimate rehashes. The palette remains two shades, dark and darker (who can be the most grimdark is apparently the new comic book movie arms race), and heaven help us, the brief glimpse of Doctor Doom leads one to believe that Fox has once again botched one of the crown jewels of Marvel’s rogues gallery. Is is that hard to have a fixed mask on his face? Is it just because it wouldn’t allow an audience to see his facial expressions? Was Darth Vader hindered by that, I ask? Is a combo sorcerer/scientist/despot too absurd? Yet a man with rubber arms isn’t?
I remain convinced that, if they’re not going to integrate these characters with their MCU brethren, the best course might be to set the team in the 1960s, with all the color and free love and boundless scientific curiosity/possibility that the era possessed. Or they could just keep doing what they’re doing: millennial Doogie Howser broody re-imaginings.