The latest trailer for "Fantastic Four" offers the most robust look yet at Miles Teller and his costars flexing their superhero powers.
Set for release Aug. 7, Fox's rebooted "F4" stars Teller as scientist Reed Richards, a young genius who "knows answers to questions [others] don't even know to ask." He's joined by Kate Mara as fellow egghead Sue Storm; Michael B. Jordan as her brother, Johnny; and Jamie Bell as Reed's tough-minded pal Ben Grimm.
A previous teaser gave moviegoers a glimpse of the darker, harder-edged sci-fi tone director Josh Trank ("Chronicle") has is going for, but the footage played coy when it came to showing the titular quartet's transformations after an interdimensional experiment gone awry.
The new trailer — which you can watch above — goes further, with Reed stretching his newly elastic form, Sue turning invisible and wielding force fields, Johnny bursting into flames and flying, and Ben emerging as a rock-like behemoth.
If Trank's "Fantastic Four" represents a somewhat updated take on the Marvel Comics super team, it also marks a new look for Teller and his teammates — a group of young dramatic actors stepping out as tent-pole movie stars.
Teller, for example, has dabbled in action via the "Divergent" movies, but he broke out with acclaimed indies like "Whiplash" and "The Spectacular Now." Jordan, Mara and Bell are also best known for dramatic fare, including "Fruitvale Station," Netflix's "House of Cards" and "Billy Elliot," and one of the summer's intriguing story lines will come with how both superhero fans and drama-inclined critics react to the shift.
"Fantastic Four" enters the increasingly crowded realm of big-screen superheroes, where Batman, the Avengers and the X-Men dwell. Fox, at least, has big plans for the youthful crew: The studio is already eyeing "Fantastic Four 2" for summer 2017.
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