In a final mighty effort to sway fans into theatres this weekend, Fox has dropped an extended four minute trailer for Fantastic Four using a collage of clips from previous trailers as well as a few new surprises. The focus of the trailer seems to be emphasizing the darker tone of this reboot as well as give Dr. Franklin Storm a little more screen time to set up the characters and the film’s basic scenario. But the other focus of the trailer is at the very end, when Deadpool “hijacks” the screen with a very “shameless plug” that if you see Fantastic Four this weekend, you will also see the new Deadpool trailer.
Judging by the comments on You Tube and various other sites since the trailer has dropped, most of the general public seems to have remained unconvinced that Fantastic Four is anything more than a generic attempt to reboot the same franchise that failed to connect with viewers and critics ten years ago. It’s clear that by releasing this extended trailer, Fox is unsure not only about the film’s performance this weekend but also on the angle of how to market it.
Bringing Deadpool into the mix may entice a bit more people into the seats, but it is almost certain that the trailer premiering in front of Fantastic Four will be a green band, heavily edited trailer made for the PG crowd. Deadpool has already been slated for an R-rating, meaning that having Deadpool in the trailer for Fantastic Four is targeting the 18+ crowd. This may not prove to be a very successful move as the official red band trailer for Deadpool will be premiering tonight on Conan.
The new Fantastic Four has had a troubled production, but the footage from the trailer looks gorgeous albeit generic. It stars Miles Teller of Whiplash, Michael B. Jordan of Fruitvale Station and the upcoming Rocky spinoff Creed, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell. The film is directed by Josh Trank, who helmed the found footage super hero film Chronicle in 2012.
You can view the extended four minute Fantastic Four trailer below and decide for yourself whether you’ll want to see it in theatres come Friday, August 7.