ByJim Galizia, writer at Creators.co
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One super hero film that isn't getting much buzz at the moment (likely due to the massive shadow Marvel is casting over everything and everyone), is 2015s "The Fantastic Four".

The other reason there isn't much buzz is because there isn't much out there to buzz about. IMDBs official film synopsis is below. It reads...

THE FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
-IMDB page for "The Fantastic Four" -2015

Yeah thats it...so speculation for the storyline is tough. The best way to get at the possibilities of its plot is through the casting of the characters. The biggest piece of news attached to The Fantastic Four is the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm AKA the Human Torch.

Michael B Jordan
Michael B Jordan

Many people were initially upset with the casting. Personally I don't care that a black person is cast as a white character. In todays modern society, it changes little about the character itself. Its the fact that Johnny Storms sister, Susan Storm, is being played by Kate Mara that changes Human Torch's character. Both Jordan and Mara are excellent actors, and will certainly bring something great to the brother/sister casting.

Kate Mara
Kate Mara

In addition to that casting, Reg E. Cathey is set to play Johnny and Susan Storm's father, Dr. Franklin Storm. These combined facts could mean a few things. It seems most likely that Susan was adopted by Dr. Franklin Storm, and Johnny is his biological son. However, its also possible that both were adopted. No mother for the Storms has been cast as of yet.

Reg E. Cathey
Reg E. Cathey

Also cast in the film is Miles Teller as Reed Richards AKA Mr. Fantastic. He experience with serious and fun roles, and has appeared in quite a few films over the past years.

Miles Teller
Miles Teller

Cast as Ben Grimm AKA Thing is Jamie Bell. Like Teller, Bell has been in his fair share of films and seems to have the acting chops to pull off this character. This will be his first role playing a character who primarily is CGI. After the transformation into the Thing, he'll look like this...

Thing for 2015
Thing for 2015
Pre- transformation Ben Grimm
Pre- transformation Ben Grimm

I don't see a lot of Bell in that rock shaped face, unlike Marvels Hulk who keeps some of Mark Ruffalos features.

Finally we have Toby Kebbell as Victor Von Doom AKA Doctor Doom. He's got experience with larger than life related characters, and seems like the kind of guy who can bring a more grounded version of Doctor Doom to the big screen. However, I don't know if Doctor Doom is the kind of character that needs grounding. He thinks so highly of himself and is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Toby Kebbell
Toby Kebbell

Having this great cast is, well...fantastic! Im more focused on the people playing minor roles. These other roles are key to deciphering the storyline.

The largest secondary role is Harvey Elder played by Tim Blake Nelson. Comic fans know Harvey Elder as "Mole Man". I have a feeling he'll be around, but won't be really set up as Mole Man until the end of the film and be set up as a future villain for the sequel.

There are two children cast playing roughly 12 year old versions of Reed Richards and Ben Grimm. This likely establishes them as childhood friends.

Also cast are various Baxter Institute students, science fair judges, and quantum scientists, which is key. This is most likely the way our heroes and Doom get their powers.

There are other 12 year olds cast, so it appears that the accident which grants them their powers happens when they are young. Since they are allegedly teleported to an alternate and dangerous universe, it is possible they disappear from our world at the age of 12 or so, and they may not return for anywhere between 10 and 15 years.

Baxter Institute
Baxter Institute

There is a casting as a quantum gate scientist. This could mean one of the following. Either the gate was created and the heroes were accidentally sent through, or there is an effort to build a gate to pull them back to our universe. Considering that they are supposed to be teleported to this new universe, it seems more likely that someone is trying to pull our heroes back to our universe through the gate. "Gate" sounds more like a doorway/portal rather than a teleportation.

So our heroes teleport to another universe at a young age, but where to? It almost certainly is The Negative Zone. For more info on this... check out the Wiki page, because theres a lot! Heres the short version though.

The Negative Zone in the Marvel Comics Universe is used as a fictional dimension. Essentially, it is a universe parallel to Earth's. The two have many similarities, but a few noteworthy differences include: all matter in the Negative Zone is negatively charged; the Negative Zone is entirely filled with a pressurized, breathable atmosphere; and near the center of the Negative Zone is a deadly vortex of unspeakable power.

This deadly vortex of unspeakable power could be what grants them their powers, and ALSO could be considered the way they got into the Negative Zone. Vortex sounds like portal sounds like doorway...so who knows...

So what do five 12 year old kids do when thrown into a parallel universe and granted exceptional powers? Probably panic at first. Id imagine Doom being the voice of reason, keeping everyone grounded and level headed. However, I think he'd then be forced to kill anything that posed a threat to their group. Doom would keep them all safe at first, but eventually he would start just killing for the sake of conquering. Over the next 10 years, he'd become an extremely powerful king of nearly the entire Negative Zone. Though glad they were kept safe, the other 4 would likely not follow along once Doom turned evil.

I imagine them on the run as a neutral party in Dooms war to conquer the Negative Zone. Doom would probably be hunting them, knowing they are among the few beings of power that could pose a threat to him. Reed would likely be trying to establish a connection to Earth to no avail. Im sure Susan and Reeds relationship will have developed over the 10 years. Johnny and Ben are along for the ride as well. They explore, fight monsters, and become an amazing team of survivalists. This is all in pursuit of finding a way home.

Eventually Doom hunts them down, and a battle begins. Suddenly, Earth opens their gateway back to their universe and pulls all five back in. The Negative Zone is left behind, along with its plethora of villains who now (Because of Dooms war) have a vendetta against Doom and by association, Earth.

They all come back to Earth mid battle, which still continues once on Earth. Doom eventually flees, leaving our heroes broken and battered but not dead. Once on Earth, Doom cant go back from being a god like King to being a random civilian again. He begins a conquest to take over Earth, starting with Latveria.

I see Latveria being an island with few people on it. Doom will claim this land, and build his castle, doombots, etc. Everything he needs to become a King in a very short amount of time.

During this time, our heroes are readjusting to their lives on Earth. The Storms reunite with their father. The four of them coming back obviously creates quite an incredible buzz. They become instant celebrities without even being aware. All except Johnny of course, who appears on every talk show he can. Talk shows and news channels begin calling them The Fantastic Four. Johnny boasts on interviews about amazing explorations they went on, planets they visited, creatures they've battled. The appearances raise a huge amount of money and result in movie deals, advertising campaigns, action figures, the whole nine yards.

Though disapproving of this, the other 3 members of the Fantastic Four cannot be too upset. The money Johnny raises gets them a massive apartment on the top floor of the Baxter Building. This becomes their headquarters. It also becomes a bit of a hideout for Ben Grimm, who is afraid to show his rocky appearance out in public in fear of being hated.

Once Doom settles himself in Latveria, armies try to stop him. Other countries aren't too happy about a rogue superhuman forming his own country right on their borders. Doom practically ignores the armies, as they pose no threat to him. Doom focuses on a location known as Area 57. Multiple castings show guards, soldiers, and military personnel for Area 57, which might be where the things Doom needs are to harness the power of the Negative Zone. His plan becomes clear then. He means to either use the power of the Negative Zone to conquer Earth, or simply go back to the Negative Zone to resume his conquering of it.

Dr Doom
Dr Doom

This lures out the Fantastic Four, who had always feared a confrontation with Doom. The last fight with him didn't go too well, so they were naturally worried about it. They fight, and eventually Doom captures the Fantastic Four. He reveals a plot twist, and rather then send himself to the Negative Zone, Doom means to send the Fantastic Four instead. Doom is jealous of the positive attention the 4 received upon their return to Earth, while he was rejected and almost immediately forced to start fighting wars.

The Fantastic Four escape, and in an amazing final battle, defeat Doom and close the portal to the Negative Zone for good. Or at least until the already announced sequel...

I know this is all very vague and is HIGHLY likely to be incorrect, but based on the little info out at this point in time, thats all Ive got.

What do you all think? Im sure I'm missing important plot altering info...

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