Yesterday, the Internet exploded when news outlets picked up on the official description of Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic’s (Miles Teller) powers on Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
And, of course, the question that popped on everyone’s mind was, what does it mean? Were the powers-that-be trying to reimagine Reed’s powers as well as reimagining Marvel's First Family's origin story? HitFix caught up with Simon Kinberg — who is a co-writer and producer on the film — in order to find out what the official website meant about Mr. Fantastic’s powers when they said:
REED RICHARDS IS A SCIENTIFIC PRODIGY WHO HAS BEEN QUIETLY EXPLORING THE UNIVERSE'S DEEPEST MYSTERIES IN HIS GARAGE, AFTER SCHOOL. AFTER BEING TRANSFORMED BY ONE OF HIS EXPERIMENTS, HE CAN WARP THE SPACE AROUND HIM, AND APPEAR TO STRETCH HIS BODY INTO IMPOSSIBLE FORMS AND TO INCREDIBLE LENGTHS.
If this description made you angry with rage, you can now rest easy, because Kinberg wanted to make one thing clear, and it's that Reed Richards will stretch. I repeat: REED RICHARDS WILL STRETCH. Whew! I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief (It's also interesting to note that since yesterday, the Fantastic Four website changed its description of Reed's powers by stating simply that "he can stretch his body."). So, what happened, then? It sure was confusing. Simon Kinberg agrees:
"I think it was confusing. I was a little confused by it myself. The intent was to try to explain the power with some sort of scientific explanation, but as you pointed out, most of his powers defy what we know about physics. The upshot of it is that he stretches in his movie. That is his power. That's the simplest explanation."
HitFix pointed out to him a shot in trailer number two where Reed jumps over something (the something is a yellow railing as you can see in Exhibit A above) and his arms go stretchy. Kinberg added:
"There's also the shot where his hand's in a restraint, and the arm stretches in to get out of the restraint. And there will be more as more materials come out, certainly. I would say that it is among the harder visual effects to render in a way that feels real and visceral and physical, like we want the powers to feel. But, yeah. He stretches. That's what he does."
So, where did that confusion come from? "I'm not sure what the derivation of it was. There are so many materials on movies like this, and not all of it comes from the same source," Kinberg told the site. As for the high level of secrecy that’s surrounding Fox’s upcoming superhero movie, Kinberg said:
"This thing here, it really has been a concerted thing because we really just don't want to show anything until it's ready, until it looks great, and they show the real intention of the shot or the movie, then we'll show it. That's why we've held on to so much. We held on to the Thing. We held on to Doom. We held on until we were further along."
Are you relieved to learn that Reed’s powers will be the same as his comic-book counterpart, and that director Josh Trank and Fox were not trying to reimagine them? Fantastic Four will stretch into theaters on Aug. 7, 2015.