The Fantastic Four will stretch, sneak, blaze and clobber their way back into movie theaters this summer, and now the latest iteration of Marvel’s first band of genetically modified misfits have a properly epic trailer to mark the occasion.
The clip features a grave monologue ostensibly delivered by Dr. Franklin Storm (played by Reg E. Cathey), who waxes on humankind’s insatiable need to discover, invent and build. As he speaks, we get our first look at the superheroes-to-be — Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing and Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch — as they prepare to launch into space.
“But with every new discovery, there is risk, there is sacrifice and there are consequences,” Dr. Storm says as the action begins: A handful of explosions and dramatic poses, plus quick snippets of the Human Torch bursting into flame, The Thing busting out of the rock he’s encased in and Mister Fantastic extending his reach for the first time.
As ScreenCrush points out, Fantastic Four producer Simon Kinberg told Collider in a recent interview that the first trailer would feature a special Easter egg for fans. That treat is likely the numbers “18.104.22.168,” which appear briefly on the bottom left as Sue Storm looks at a handful of computer screens. Plug those numbers into a browser address bar and it’ll open a Wikipedia page on “Latveria” — the fictional country ruled over by the Four’s arch nemesis Dr. Doom.
In that same interview with Collider, Fantastic Four director Josh Trank (Chronicle) confirmed that famed composer Philip Glass will score the film with Marco Beltrami. Though Glass has a long history of writing music for film — earning three Oscar nominations for The Hours, Kundun and Notes on a Scandal — Fantastic Four marks his first superhero blockbuster; Beltrami, on the other hand, is well versed, providing scores for over-the-top action films like The Hurt Locker, Terminator 3 and Snowpiercer.
Fantastic Four opens in theaters on August 7th.