The movie opens next week, and now Fox has finally revealed the first clip from Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. Want to see?
The clip focuses on a moment we’ve seen teased in the various trailers, with Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and the gang preparing to test out the inter-dimensional travel device that will eventually give them their superpowers. The scene tracks the final few moments before they strap in for the experiment, and we get some good banter between Reed and Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan).
Considering how close we are to release, it’s amazing this is the first actual clip the studio has dropped. Though, looking at the promotional approach, it starts to make a bit more sense. If you’ve been looking for a review of the superhero film in recent days, you’re weirdly out of luck, because the studio has decided not to offer any advance review screenings until the day of the theatrical opening. Typically, that’s a sign the studio is trying to keep a lid on bad word of mouth, so that obviously doesn’t bode well for fans hoping this movie is anything but terrible.
On the other hand, the studio has taken similar tacks in the past with films that weren’t all bad, most notably the extremely successful (and very good) Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011. So, yeah. The mystery remains. Does the studio think it has a bomb? Or do they think fans will turn out regardless, because it's Marvel's First Family? We'll know in a week.
Check out the clip below and let us know what you think:
Fantastic Four opens Aug. 7.