There will soon be a ton of information, clips, TV spots, leaks, behind-the-scenes images, and more, but the first trailer for Fantastic Four is clearly trying to tease while showing as little as possible. A flash of fire-surrounded body from a distance, a quick glimpse of a rock creature, but not much detail. Except, naturally, when it comes to close-ups of the stars when they look normal.

The film has managed to create a lot of buzz, going all the way back to the cast reveal, and considering the superflop status of the last time the franchise was attempted, its a wonder it hasn’t moved into far more negative areas of discussion. Now that Miles Teller, hot off of all the attention Whiplash has received lately, is turning into someone people can take more seriously, Fantastic Four may have a shot at some of the “surprise win” status that Guardians of the Galaxy managed last year.

The trailer looks cool enough, and even offers a couple of moments that may hint at some pretty interesting lines the plot may follow, but this one is still a bit of an uphill battle. I hope it works, because I’ve always been a fan of the comic, but even the upswing in Marvel‘s cinematic stock doesn’t mean that these films are easy, or that there are any guarantees.

Director Josh Trank doesn’t really have much for us to pull great expectations from, and some of the main cast doesn’t immediately fill one with hope. Jamie Bell has been good in everything I’ve seen him in (and thank God that a brilliant number like Billy Elliot worked out for him), but some of the others can be hit or miss, and it’s hard to tell how they’ll fare in something like this.

Plus, there’s the whole Victor Domashev thing, which is… odd.

At any rate, take a look, get excited, and let me know what you think.

Fantastic Four movie poster


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.




Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.