Giving The 'Fantastic Four' Trailer Another Chance

Earlier this year, we did a pretty thorough hack job on the first teaser trailer for the rebooted Fantastic Four from Fox and director Josh Trank. Let’s not mince words here. That trailer was plain awful, and the nasty rumors surrounding the film’s difficult production and what Trank had done on and around set didn’t instill confidence.

So it’s only fair that now, a few days after Fox released the first full trailer for the film, giving us a proper look at the movie, and did so somewhat under the radar, that we address things once again.

And surprisingly, I have to admit that this one was much better. Maybe Fox saw the reaction to that first teaser and steered the film’s marketing ship in the right direction, maybe it’s that the new trailer gave us more of an indiciation as to what we can expect from the reboot, maybe it’s something else, but I was pleasantly surprised, to the point where I might have an inkling of anticipation for the film, something I hadn’t felt at all for it up to this point.

Check it out below:

We’ve already discussed this at length. We wrote off Trank’s Fantastic Four as a trash reboot that was only greenlit so that Fox could keep film rights from reverting back to Disney and Marvel. And it’s based on a trash comic book franchise which only holds merit for its ancillary characters like Dr. Doom, Galactus and the Silver Surfer. Of course, that doesn’t mean that a good film can’t be made from it (after all, Marvel did an incredible job of making people forget Ben Affleck’s Daredevil with their Netflix series), just that the odds are clearly stacked against it in an already saturated comic book movie space, and that nothing we had seen so far, save for a decent albeit bland cast, did anything to change that.

So, what exactly changed for me this time around? Like I said, it helps that the new trailer gives an idea of the plot, outside of trying way too hard to look like Interstellar. It helps to get a better look at the cast and the setting too. It’s also interesting to note somewhat of a difference in the origin story from the previous duology from the mid-2000s, with the group travelling to another dimension to gain their powers as opposed to space.

That being said, any sort of optimism I’ve gained for Fantastic Four is still mitigated by cautiousness. It’s still a reboot we don’t exactly need, and those rumors about issues during production were never dispelled (in fact, just as the trailer was dropping, Trank missed a panel during the big weekend Star Wars celebration for his upcoming spinoff), igniting rumors of his work ethic once again).

Still, what is impressive is that the studio was able to drop a pretty decent trailer after all of this. It’s too bad for them it came at the tail end of a week where teasers and trailers were all the rage, between Star Wars, Batman V Superman, Jurassic World and all the rest. Maybe the film itself and wind up flying under the radar and being good too. We’ll find out for sure on August 7th, 2015, when Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell hits theaters.