In just two days, a new version of Marvel's First Family comes to the big screen with 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot. We have seen plenty of footage of Reed Richards (Miles Teller), Johnny Storm (Michael B. Jordan), Sue Storm (Kate Mara) and Ben Grimm (Jamie Bell) from this superhero movie thus far, but we haven't seen much of the nefarious Doom, portrayed by Toby Kebbell. To rectify that, the studio has released a new clip showcasing this evil villain's incredible powers, which he uses to take out anyone in his path, without literally lifting a finger.
Since the main characters are all younger, much different versions of the heroes portrayed in the 2005 original movie, it stands to reason that the villain will be different as well. Julian McMahon played Victor Von Doom in the first Fantastic Four, who had the ability to shoot bolts of electricity from his finger tips. This version of Doom, dubbed Victor Domashev, has much more advanced powers, somewhat similar to the force fields that The Invisible Woman can create. He also has the ability to create so much telekinetic force with his mind that his enemy's heads literally explode.
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. Yesterday, the first movie reviews for this superhero reboot came in, and they weren't exactly positive. As more reviews have filtered in, Fantastic Four's Rotten Tomatoes rating has dropped from 20% to 18%, with just two days left until the theatrical release.
Josh Trank directs from a script by Simon Kinberg, who is also writing and producing X-Men: Apocalypse for 20th Century Fox. Early rumors claimed that X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer is being eyed to direct The Fantastic Four 2, which would then segue into a crossover with the X-Men franchise. Bryan Singer has since confirmed that there are early plans for this crossover, but that may depend on how fans react to Fantastic Four in theaters this weekend.
While we wait for more details on this superhero crossover, check out the new Fantastic Four clip that showcases Doom's Darth Vader-like powers. What do you think of this new rebooted villain? Do you think Fantastic Four will be a huge hit at the box office, or will it crash and burn? We'll find out in a few short days, and be sure to check out our box office predictions on Friday and the weekend estimates on Sunday morning, to see how Fantastic Four fared.