In case you missed it, the "Fantastic Four" trailer dropped today, and it was as the name suggests... fantastic! Check it out below if you haven't seen it yet, or just watch it again because you know you want to:
There's a lot happening in this little teaser trailer, and it doesn't even quite clock in at two minutes. Let's unpack some of the key scenes you need to keep your eye on:
This is not a scene from "Interstellar."Fox
But it kind of looks like it! Some people have accused the "Fantastic Four" trailer of being a little too "Interstellar"-ish, and here's exhibit A. Judge at your own discretion.
Meet baby Ben Grimm and baby Reed Richards.Fox
Not going to lie, baby Reed kind of looks like me. See author bio below.
Meet grown-up Reed.Fox
Who also looks like me except much more attractive. Grown-up Reed is obviously very excited to be hanging out in science land.
Meet grown-up Ben.Fox
It's clobbering time.
Meet Sue Storm.Fox
She is not invisible, which is disappointing. But she is Kate Mara, so, less disappointing.
See Sue's secret site.Fox
See that red number in the lower left corner? It's an IP address: 22.214.171.124. Type that into your web browser and see where it takes you. Doctor Doom fans should be pleased.
See that guy on the right?Fox
He looks like the exact genetic mix of Brian Cox, Michael Keaton ala "Birdman," and James Lipton. He probably isn't.
This is not the first scene from "The Dark Knight Rises."Fox
But it looks like it! Unfortunately, don't bank on any Bane versus Thing crossover fights.
This is the narrator of the trailer.Fox
Reg E. Cathey, who you might know as Querns from "Oz," Freddy from "House of Cards," Norman Wilson from "The Wire," among many other places. He's pretty much the best. In "Fantastic Four," he's set to play Franklin Storm, father of Sue and Johnny.
Speaking of Johnny...
Here he is!Fox
Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch. Are those four slits on the front of his uniform meant to signify the new Fantastic Four team logo? If so, a bit understated. As for the flame? Well...
Not the best look possible at the Human Torch, but still pretty cool.
The flame is on, but there's something else, too.Fox
That blue whisper of energy next to enflamed Johnny? Looks like that might be an invisible woman, doesn't it? It's nice to see them both powered up, because in another scene...
Sue looks worried.Fox
She's sobbing over her brother, but don't panic; it's likely that the scene in question is when everyone's first discovering their powers. Unless, you know, Johnny dies, which would not be cool. (But it wouldn't be the first time, either.)
Reed gives a little stretch.Fox
Mr. Fantastic's super-power of elongating parts of his body was always a little weird at best, downright creepy at worst, but it looks like Josh Trank's movie is giving these powers some menace.
Some Thing is happening.Fox
Ben Grimm looks like he's having a harder time with his powers, which is par for the course when it comes to the Thing.
Some things are happening.Fox
Is the military opening fire on the Fantastic Four, and if so, why? Or is the man with his back to us someone else entirely — maybe a certain villain named Victor?
Reed has great bedside manner.Fox
"What is coming?" he asks, like a true soft-spoken angel. We like this guy. But who is he talking to? Is it Ben at some point during his Thing transformation? Is it Doom? Is it a Doombot? Please let it be a Doombot!
This is not a scene from "Chronicle."Fox
But it kind of looks like it! It's reminiscent of the final fight in Trank's found-footage superhero debut, and that's not an insult by any stretch of Mr. Fantastic's imagination or otherwise-unmentionables. This is the exact type of shot we expect to see from Trank, and want to see from Trank. Nice work.
This is the trailer's money shot.Fox
Not just because it's the big hero shot that shows each member of the Fantastic Four in their post-power glow. But also because, if you brighten up the image you'll see...
...that the Thing is naked. Hey, Thing, quick question. Why are you naked? Most iterations of the character at least toss him pants or a speedo or something. Even when he's going commando, at least he has a trench coat to cover himself up. Yikes.
The only acceptable answer is that this scene takes place right after all our heroes get their powers, and Ben just doesn't have pants that fit yet. Otherwise, if the "Fantastic Four" reboot is all about a naked Thing, then "clobbering time" is about to take on an all-new, all-gross meaning.
"Fantastic Four" opens on August 7.