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The Fantastic Four (2015 film)
The Fantastic Four (2015 film)
Directed by Josh Trank
Produced by Simon Kinberg
Matthew Vaughn
Hutch Parker
Robert Kulzer
Gregory Goodman
Screenplay by Jeremy Slater
Simon Kinberg
Josh Trank
Starring

Miles Teller
Michael B. Jordan
Kate Mara
Jamie Bell
Toby Kebbell
Reg E. Cathey
Tim Blake Nelson

Music by Marco Beltrami
Philip Glass
Cinematography Matthew Jensen
Editing by Elliot Greenberg
Stephen E. Rivkin
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release August 4, 2015 (New York City premiere)
August 7, 2015 (North America)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $120 million
Gross revenue $167.8 million
Preceded by Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Followed by

Fantastic Four (stylized as Fant4stic) is a 2015 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the third theatrical Fantastic Four film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox, and a reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise. Directed by Josh Trank, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg, the film stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, and Tim Blake Nelson. In Fantastic Four, the team must learn to harness abilities gained from an alternate universe to save Earth from a friend turned enemy.

Development of the film began in 2009, with principal photography going from May 2014 to August 2014. Fantastic Four was primarily shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Studio executives, concerned with Trank's footage, mandated reshoots, which took place in January 2015. Fantastic Four premiered in New York on August 4, 2015, and was released to the rest of the United States three days later. The film received negative reception from critics and audiences. At the box office, it underperformed, earning $56 million in North America and $167 million worldwide. A sequel is scheduled to be released in June 2017.

Plot

Friends Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) have worked together on a prototype teleporter since childhood, eventually attracting the attention of Professor Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey), director of the Baxter Foundation, a government-sponsored research institute for young prodigies. Reed is recruited to join them and aid Storm's children, scientist Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and the somewhat reckless technician Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), into completing a "Quantum Gate" designed by Storm's wayward protégé, Victor von Doom (Toby Kebbell), who begrudgingly agrees to help due to his unrequited feelings for Sue.

The experiment is successful, and the facility's supervisor, Dr. Allen (Tim Blake Nelson), plans to send a group from NASA to venture into a parallel dimension known as "Planet Zero". Disappointed at being denied the chance to join the expedition, Reed, Johnny, and Victor along with Ben use the Quantum Gate to embark on an unsanctioned voyage to Planet Zero, which they learn is a world filled with otherworldly substances. Victor attempts to touch the green-lava like substance, causing the surface they are in to collapse and the ground to erupt. Reed, Johnny, and Ben return to their shuttle just as Sue brings them back to Earth. Victor is left behind after he falls into the collapsing landscape. The machine explodes, altering Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben on a molecular-genetic level, affording them super-human conditions and abilities beyond their control: Reed can stretch like rubber, Sue can become invisible and generate force fields of energy, Johnny can engulf his entire body in flames and fly, and Ben becomes bigger and develops a rock-like hide which gives him enhanced strength and durability. They are then placed in government custody and confinement to be studied and have their conditions and abilities tested. Blaming himself for the accident, Reed escapes from the facility and tries to find a cure for their changes.

One year later, Reed is now a fugitive and has built a suit that is able to adapt to his body's plasticity and also helps him control his ability. Hiding in Central America, he is eventually found by the United States military with Sue's help and captured by Ben, who has become a military asset along with Johnny and Sue. Johnny and Sue have been outfitted with specialized suits designed to keep up with their conditions and abilities and to help them stabilize, control, and contain their abilities. Reed is brought to Area 57, where Dr. Allen conscripts him to open another portal to Planet Zero in exchange for giving Reed the necessary resources to find a cure. Arriving in Planet Zero, Dr. Allen's explorers find Victor, who has been fused to his spacesuit and can now control the elements, as well as having telekinetic abilities, and bring him back to Earth. Believing the human race needs to be destroyed so he can rebuild Planet Zero in his image, Victor kills scientists and soldiers in the base including Dr. Allen and Professor Storm and returns to Planet Zero using the Quantum Gate, with Ben, Johnny, Reed, and Sue in pursuit.

Now dubbing himself "Doom", he activates a portal on Planet Zero using a structure he made while in the realm, that begins consuming the landscape of the Earth. He is confronted by the four and, after a destructive battle, Ben punches Doom into the portal's energy beam, disintegrating him, while Johnny closes the portal. Returning to Earth, the group is rewarded for their heroics by being given a new base of operations by the United States military. They decide to use their powers to help people and adopt the mantle of the "Fantastic Four".

Cast

  • Miles Teller as Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic
  • Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm / The Human Torch
  • Kate Mara as Susan "Sue" Storm / The Invisible Woman
  • Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm / The Thing
  • Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom / Doctor Doom
  • Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm
  • Tim Blake Nelson as Dr. Harvey Allen

External links

Fantastic Four
Films

[[The Fantastic Four (unreleased film)|The Fantastic Four] • [[Fantastic Four (2005 film)|Fantastic Four] • [[Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer] • [[Fantastic Four (2015 film)|Fantastic Four]

Characters

[[Mister Fantastic] • [[Human Torch] • [[Invisible Woman] • [[Thing (comics)|Thing] • [[Doctor Doom] • [[Alicia Masters] • [[Willie Lumpkin] • [[Silver Surfer] • [[Nova (Frankie Raye)|Frankie Raye]

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