The first teaser trailer for the new Fantastic Four movie was released a few days ago. Now I adore all things superhero-related. I read comics as a kid, was addicted to Buffy, Angel and Smallville, and have eagerly anticipated each Marvel release as it’s been announced. The latest success came in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy, which I absolutely loved.
And I have to admit, I am a little excited to see the Fantastic Four film when it eventually arrives on our cinema screens. But there are a few things that irked my Marvel-loving brain when I watched this trailer.
1. Is it too soon to be releasing a Fantastic Four re-make, with a whole new cast? It might have been a fair few years ago, but it seems only yesterday Jessica Alba and company were making the promotional rounds for, admittedly, one of the worst Marvel adaptations ever made. The sequel was marginally better, but only because it included the Silver Surfer, one of the best comic book characters ever created. However, just because it wasn’t all that good, doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be left alone for just a little bit longer. There’s currently an annoying school of thought in the film industry that superheroes should be capitalised on as much as is humanly possible, while they are still popular. It is an irritating trend that I hope fades soon.
2. While the first trailer has been released, we won’t actually get to see the film for another six months. Look Hollywood, I know you want to make tons of money from superheroes, and that you want to have a big build up to this movie, where you release lots of trailers, clips and interviews with actors who ‘accidentally’ reveal plot details, in order to do. But here’s the thing, six months from now, when this movie is actually available for me to watch at my local cinema, I might not even bother. I’ll have had enough of the waiting and the taunting, and, frankly, I will just want it to be over. I know that this is how Hollywood works, but I think the industry should have a good long look at itself, and consider changing its ways.
3. What made the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Avengers so great? The fact that they don’t take themselves too seriously. They are injected with enough humour to make them enjoyable to everyone. Too many thrills and not enough laughs can destroy a movie like this. And the teaser trailer is ridiculously dark. There’s not an ounce of funny in that entire thing. This may not reflect the entire film, but then isn’t that what a trailer is supposed to do? I just hope Miles Teller will bring some of his charisma and natural comedic ability to the role, to lighten the mood a bit. Otherwise we could be facing another not-so-good Fantastic Four movie that is forgotten about and re-made in a couple of years.
Have a look at the trailer and let me know what you think in the comments section below.