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In a few short weeks, over a year's worth of controversy will come to a conclusion, as the reboot of the The Fantastic Four will be in a theater near you. In anticipation of its release, Fox is ramping up the marketing for the film with more footage being revealed daily. Despite the heavy tone of the previous two trailers, the final look at the Fantastic Four seems to be emphasizing the more light-hearted aspects of the film and its characters. Check it out.

Honestly, this is the weakest of the three released trailers. Despite the naysayers, the first trailers were so effective because despite being a drastic deviation from what was expected, it was confident in what it was doing. It looked to be a dramatic and more realistic look at the potential horror of getting "super powers." Although the trailer is a little concerning, here are 4 Points of Geek from the new trailer.

1. An '80s Amblin' Feel

One of the things great about adventure movies of the '80s such as The Goonies, was the childhood sense of discovery. The childhood look at Reed Richards and Ben Grimm in his garage workshop, also brings to mind the movie Explorers, where kids design a spaceship in their backyard. We have heard director Josh Trank mention other mature filmmakers as influences on the movie as well , such as David Cronenberg. It could be very effective storytelling if we start off at a place of innocence, before getting to the tragedy and body horror later. There have been complaints about Fantastic Four's new serious approach. Hopefully these childhood scenes signal that the individual characters will still be approaching their "jobs" with a sense of childlike joy.

2. Cause and Effect

Surely the time spent in their childhood will be minimal, however it does signal that there will be a theme of cause and effect. Reed has had a lifelong dream of developing teleportation. When he achieves his goal as an adult, it has an unintended effect on himself and his friends. Not only does this haunt Reed his entire life, it is a core piece of his character lifted directly from the pages of Marvel Comics. It is probably a safe bet that we will see all of the main characters deal with the personal ramifications of their actions in various bizarre and heartbreaking ways.

3. Explorers

Whether you grew up reading the original Stan Lee comics, or were introduced to Marvel's First Family through the more recent modern retelling in the Ultimate series, the Fantastic Four are consistently portrayed as one thing...explorers. Unlike other comic book characters, they aren't really superheroes fighting petty crime. They are typically dealing with monsters that lurk underground or that are in other dimensions. Essentially, they are dealing with the larger science-fiction threats, that the average human couldn't even fathom. That theme has been present in all three trailers, so this is a sign that at the core the filmmakers understand the property.

4. Doom

Dr. Doom's origin seems to be heavily influenced by Mark Millar's Ultimate Fantastic Four origin story, where Doom was the fifth member of the tragic expedition, which both cursed and gifted the travelers. At Comic-Con this past weekend, actor Toby Kebbell explained that Doom would be a computer scientist, with most of the comic book elements from the character's backstory that you would expect. Such as having a gypsy mother and being from an Eastern European country. While they didn't get into the specifics of his skill-set, this trailer made sure to emphasis that he is one of the most dangerous people on Earth.

It's clear that this trailer is meant to address both casual moviegoers and readers of Marvel simultaneously. Hopefully the actual movie has a stronger sense of identity. It is easy to see how, after all of the controversy, there could be too many chefs in the kitchen. However, these four points do give some level of hope that not only will the Fantastic Four be recognizable, but hopefully a new level of depth can be added to their mythology. We will find out soon...

Official Synopsis:

“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.

Fantastic Four opens on August 7th, 2015.

Source: Point of Geeks

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