Fox’s upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot has flown relatively low under the radar. After news of the casting of Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, Miles Teller and Jamie Bell broke, the Josh Trank-led film hasn’t had much to write home about, until now.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film’s official plot synopsis has been released, giving fans of Marvel comics’ longest running super hero team a few plot details.
"THE 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."
Devotees will know that the “friend turned enemy” in question is none other than Victor Von Doom, or “Doctor Doom,” the Fantastic 4’s principal comic book villain. Roby Kebbell of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” will be playing the iconic bad guy, but with a never-before-seen twist.
“He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story,” Kebbell told Collider. “The Doom in ours – I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m ‘Doom.’”
It's a slight shift from the comics, where the character is the leader of an independent nation called Latveria. The decision to bring the character down a few notches is likely an effort outlined by Jordan who told IGN over the summer that Trank’s version will be more grounded.
"It’ll be about the characters. We’re getting down to the nuts and bolts of acting, with this larger-than-life ‘bigger world’ idea," he dished at the time. "So it’s going to be pretty cool."
“Fantastic Four” is set to hit theaters on Aug. 7, 2015.