Earlier this week, a new international trailer for “Fantastic Four” started to make the rounds on the Internet. It was actually more or less the exact same thing as the teaser trailer that debuted back in January, with only a few extra seconds of footage thrown in as pointed out by Movie Pilot. However, the new trailer was still exciting—partly because that extra footage included a glimpse of the Human Torch and Invisible Woman flying side-by-side, and partly because it served to start up the hype cycle for the coming superhero film, which up until now has been largely lost in the excitement over “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.”
Even so, “Fantastic Four” feels like something of an afterthought when compared to other mainstream superhero projects. But if we’re honest, the trailer is actually quite promising. Since it’s all there is right now, however, and the film itself is still months away and largely a mystery, here are a few ways to psych yourself up for the reboot….
Miles Teller, who plays Reed Richards
For starters, go ahead and re-watch the old Fantastic Four films, even though by now you’ve probably bought into their reputation as disappointments. The truth is, neither 2005’s “Fantastic Four” or 2007’s “Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer” was a great film; but they weren’t terrible. Both were a little sloppy with some poor writing, but as a Coming Soon review noted of “Fantastic Four,” the films were pretty true to their source comics, and had their entertaining moments. But if anything, re-watching them now can help to get you in the mindset of wanting to see it done better—sort of like watching the three ‘Star Wars‘ prequels before binging the original trilogy.
You can also get into the Fantastic Four spirit by breaking out any of a number of video games modeled after the 2005 and 2007 films. The 2005 action/adventure console game was available for Xbox, GameCube, Playstation 2 and Windows, and the sequel came out for PS2, Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, and Nintendo DS; both were developed by 7 Studios, and both were serviceable, if not spectacular games. Alternatively, Betfair’s online bingo platform also hosts a Fantastic Four-related game in the form of an arcade slot machine. Unlike the console options, Fantastic Four slots does not cater to those seeking story tie-ins or action and adventure; but it does have cinematic sound effects and imagery that put you in the Fantastic Four mindset, as well as bonus options that involve the film’s characters. Any of these gaming options can get you in the mood for the upcoming reboot.
But ultimately, if you’re really looking to get excited for the upcoming “Fantastic Four,” the best course of action for now might be to watch the four new featurettes that were released alongside the international trailer this past week. Latin Post has videos for each of them, and in the videos we get glimpses of each of the new Fantastic Four actors, including clips from the film and explanations from director Josh Trank on why he likes each actor for each part. Watching these short features and learning things such as that Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara (playing Johnny and Sue Storm, respectively) had natural brother-sister chemistry, or that Trank has long thought of Jordan as the perfect Johnny Storm, you can’t help but feel that this film will be different, and better, than the last.
Fantastic Four will be released in cinemas globally on August 7th 2015