Marvel's First Family must come together to stop the maniacal Doom in a new TV spot for 20th Century Fox's superhero reboot Fantastic Four, arriving in theaters nationwide August 7. These new scenes highlight the "clobbering" power of The Thing (Jamie Bell), as he literally rips off the top of a massive military tank. We also see Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey) tells this super-powered quartet that they have to work as a team to stop the evil Doom (Toby Kebbell).
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. The superhero movie is adapted from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, which feature much younger heroes than the original foursome.
The supporting cast is rounded out by Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Franklin Storm, the father of The Human Torch and The Invisible Woman, and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder. In the Marvel comics, Harvey Elder is eventually transformed into The Mole Man, but, from the footage released so far, it isn't known if this transformation will happen in the superhero reboot. Josh Trank directs from a script by Simon Kinberg, who also serves as a producer on this movie and on 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.
The Fantastic Four 2 sequel has already been put into development, but no director or screenwriter has been officially attached. A report surfaced earlier this month that the studio wants X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer to take the helm, with the movie reportedly being planned to set up a crossover between Fantastic Four and the lucrative X-Men franchise. That report was never confirmed, and it isn't known what the studio has planned for the X-Men universe after X-Men: Apocalypse. If Fantastic Four proves to be a hit next month, a crossover may very well be put into development.
Fantastic Four will debut in theaters against a slew of vastly different movies when it opens August 7. Also opening that weekend is The Gift, starring Joel Edgerton, Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, Meryl Streep's Ricki and the Flash and Lionsgate's animated comedy Shaun the Sheep. Fantastic Four could very well be the last big blockbuster of the summer movie season, but we'll find out for sure when it hits theaters August 7. When we wait for the box office results to come in, check out the new TV spot.