Miles Teller's version of Reed Richards will not be shown as a leader at the beginning of “Fantastic Four.” In a recent conversation with Cinema Blend, the "Whiplash" actor spoke about his character and how it will progress during the course of the film.
“Reed is not a leader at all," Teller said. "… Then the accident happens. When things are kind of going awry, he leaves. He doesn’t necessarily know how to come back, to say he’s sorry. He doesn’t know what to do. It freaks him out.”
The actor added that it is during the final battle with evil that he takes the responsibility to head the group. “There’s a moment where he kind of – people gather, and it’s Reed who is kind of speaking up,” he said.
If the trailers of the film are anything to go by, Richards previously has come across as an introvert whose world revolves around creating a teleporting machine. According to Teller, Reed will feel responsible for the aftermath of a teleporting event and will realize that he needs to “step up.”
In the Marvel comics, Richards is shown fighting Doctor Doom. He is the only one who stands in the way of Doctor Doom after the team gets defeated. He gets hero status and craves for public approval.
“Fantastic Four” opens Friday. It also stars Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Toby Kebbell. It concerns four friends who get teleported to an alternate universe and gain superhuman abilities. They must embrace their powers to fight evil. Josh Trank directed and also wrote the screenplay with Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater based on the comic book “Fantastic Four” by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. It has music by Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass.