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When it was announced that the casting for the new Fantastic Four included ethnically diverse siblings, plenty of us threw our hands in the air and gave up on this apparent mess of a film.

But maybe that was a bit unfair.

For all we know, Fox's latest attempt to make The Fantastic Four a box office success (the odds are technically on their side) could be a hit with both fans and people who just watch comic-book movies because they like Robert Downey Jr.

The new film in question posits a new origin for the Invisible Woman, Susan Storm. Traditionally, she has always been the sister of Johnny Storm A.K.A. the Human Torch. Not anymore, though.

Schmoeville is reporting that some of the new plot details include a sub story of Sue Storm, played by Kate Mara, being adopted.

Some of us thought that Johnny Storm, played by Michael B. Jordan, would be the adopted member of the family because unintentional racism. But then it was later revealed Reg E. Cathay, an African American, would play their father, Franklin Storm.

So rumor has it that Sue will be adopted. But wait, there's more.

According to Schmoeville, Fox is also revamping the origin story for the whole team. At least when it comes to how they get their powers. As you may recall, the original Fantastic Four received their powers from cosmic rays during a space mission.

Not this time. For this reboot, the team is allegedly gaining their powers after a botched science experiment that opens a portal to...wait for it...another dimension.

If you recognize that subversion, then you probably know where Fox is going with this. It looks like they're borrowing from the Ultimate Universe akin to Sony's handling of Spider-Man's reboot.

That in and of itself is no big deal. Marvel movies have always picked and chosen bits from different comic book story lines to create something new. If anything, fans have largely embraced departures from the "original" continuities of their favorite comic-book characters.

But it's still strange that Fox is trying to replicate Sony's strategy with Spider-Man, that is, borrowing heavily from the Ultimate Universe and not much else. If that truly is what Fox is doing here (and we're not sure of that yet), then they've truly learned nothing from the past mistakes of their own X-Men films along with the middled success of Sony's latest Spider-Man films.

Come on, guys. The MCU code isn't that hard to break.

The Fantastic Four opens in theaters August 7, 2015.


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