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Stan Lee declined to make a cameo in the film.
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In a quickly deleted tweet from 6 August, 2015, Josh Trank said "A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've received great reviews. You'll probably never see it. That's reality though." After seeing this version, the studio mandated heavy re-shoots. The newer scenes are easy to spot as Kate Mara had cut her hair and wore a blonde wig. Miles Teller also had facial hair that would appear and disappear between shots.
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Marvel wasn't fond of the direction the film was going, and made mention of it in a Marvel Comic: "The Punisher" #12 has the Fantastic Four (in the likeness of the cast members of this film) get taken down in an explosion.
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After the disappointing reviews, Josh Trank went on to tweet that he'll "never be working on a comic book movie again".
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Josh Trank envisioned his film as being about 2 hours and 20 minutes long; the studio cut that down significantly to 1 hour and 40 minutes.
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The characters in this film would have reverted back to Marvel, if the film was delayed past 2015. (Fox only having a 7 year window to produce a new Fantastic Four film after Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), with a release of 1 year after that time expires.)
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The garage that Reed is working in as a child is the same garage in which Biff keeps his car in Back to the Future Part II (1989).
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Kate Mara noted that she hadn't seen the movie a month after its release, and has been very unwilling to watch it due to the intensely-negative reception.
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After director Josh Trank finalized his version of the film in 2014, the studio was dissatisfied and didn't like the director's work, demanded re-shoots, which were done in early 2015. It was mainly due to creative differences and the fact FOX thought his version of the film was too violent.
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Kate Mara had initially wanted to read Fantastic Four comic books to prepare for her role as Susan Storm, but the filmmakers explained to the cast that it was unnecessary as the film was an original story not based directly on the comics.
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When Susan is tracking a signal, there is an IP address on a screen: "23.21.190.125". This will lead to online articles for Latveria, Dr. Doom's homeland.
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Josh Trank reportedly wanted Allison Williams for the role of Susan Storm, but Fox demanded that Kate Mara be cast, leading to Trank mistreating Mara on set.
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Michael B. Jordan ran into Chris Evans, who initially played Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four (2005) and its sequel, at an industry event. According to Jordan, they ended up talking about the role and Evans told him, "Man, I can't give you anything. You're great, you're awesome. Just do your thing. And enjoy it. It's gonna be fun."
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The promotional posters for the film seem to depict a city in shambles from destruction implying an action sequence set in the city with the Fantastic Four. Nothing of this sort of action ever happens in the film.
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The decoration hanging on the mirror in Johnny Storm's car during the race is a Fire Flower from Nintendo's Mario Brothers series. When Mario uses the flower he gains the ability to throw fireballs, much like Johnny Storm when he becomes the Human Torch.
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A teacher jokes about young Reed building a flying car. In the comics, Reed Richards constructed the Fantasticar, a flying car that served as the Fantastic Four's personal vehicle.
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Originally, Marvel Studios offered to give Fox an extension on rebooting Daredevil in exchange for the Fantastic Four film rights, along with characters associated with the brand that would expand their cosmic universe (Galactus, Silver Surfer, Uatu the Watcher, Annihilus, the Skrulls, and the Badoon, among others) - or at the least, just the cosmic characters. Fox refused to take up their offer, and they subsequently lost the rights to Daredevil - even though there are currently no plans at Fox to use any of the aforementioned cosmic characters.
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It has been reported that 20th Century Fox interfered with the film, to the point in which Josh Trank's original movie layout was changed drastically. One of the most major changes was the cutting out of 3 whole action scenes.
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Jamie Bell consulted his The Adventures of Tintin (2011) co-star and motion capture artist Andy Serkis for assistance on his role as The Thing.
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Re-shoots were ordered by the studio in January 2015.
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As of November 2015, this is the lowest grossing film to be released in more than 4,000 theaters in North America. It is also the only one of the those films that made less than $100 million at the domestic box office, making a mere $56.1 million.
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During production of the film, director Josh Trank displayed "erratic" and "very isolated" behavior on set. This lead to clashes between Trank and producers over the direction of the film, since Trank didn't offer a clear one.
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Mads Mikkelsen auditioned for for the role of Doctor Doom but walked out from his audition.
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Josh Trank lost the dressing room because he was combative and abusive toward the cast, producers, and crew, at one point almost getting into a fistfight with Miles Teller.
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Kit Harington, Anton Yelchin, Richard Madden and Jack O'Connell auditioned for the role of Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic before Miles Teller was cast.
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When Franklin Storm talks to Victor Von Doom behind his computers, an insignia for his fictional homeland, Latveria, can be seen.
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When asked about his opinion on the Human Torch being black, Stan Lee said he very much approved.
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Saoirse Ronan, Allison Williams, Emmy Rossum and Margot Robbie auditioned for the role of Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman before Kate Mara was cast.
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The bad performance of this film is reportedly what got Miles Teller dropped from La La Land (2016).
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Terry Crews had publicly expressed interest in playing Ben Grimm.
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For the first time, the Thing was created in computer-generated imagery rather than going through prosthetics and make-up.
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While never explicitly stated, the timeline given in the film would put Reed and Ben at around seventeen or eighteen when Reed is recruited to the Baxter program. Miles Teller and Jamie Bell being about ten years older than that at the time of filming.
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The white uniforms the team wears on their trip to the Negative Zone are based on the Fantastic Four's "Future Foundation" uniforms.
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Originally the robot HERBIE was going to appear in the film, but the studio vetoed the idea because they didn't want to raise comparisons with Tony Stark's JARVIS or the "Star Wars" droids.
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Originally, the film was meant to be titled "Fantastic Four: Reborn". David Yates was in negotiations to direct, with Adrien Brody as Reed Richards, Alice Eve as Sue Storm and either Bruce Willis or Kiefer Sutherland to voice The Thing, but the project fell apart.
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Tommy Wiseau wanted to direct the sequel before it was canceled.
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Former Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch expressed distaste for the movie, solely blaming it for one of Fox's fiscal quarters earning hundreds of millions lower than their expectations.
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In relation to the financial and artistic failure of Fantastic Four (2015), which was attributed to behind-the-scenes troubles between the movie's director Josh Trank and the movie's producers, director Joe Carnahan, who left Mission: Impossible III (2006) due to massive creative differences between him, star Tom Cruise and producer Paula Wagner, released a statement on twitter saying that he is happy that twitter wasn't around at the time he was involved in this movie. He said Trank's position as coming from an independent film, who was a critical and financial success (in Trank's case that was Chronicle (2012), for Carnahan it was Narc (2002)), and being roughly around the same age as Trank when being offered the jump from independent director to million dollar-movie franchise director, he faced similar troubles with studio and producers as Trank, when the vision of the different parties just wouldn't come together. However, other than Trank, who fought hard to put his vision of the superhero-movie through and failed, Carnahan was wise enough to leave the Mission: Impossible project, saving him much trouble.
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There is no after credits end scene, just a note that the making of the film involved 15,000 jobs.
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Miles Teller's scars were added to the child actor playing the younger version of Reed Richards.
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The uniforms the Fantastic Four wear are based on containment suits.
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A sequence showing Ben Grimm performing a "divebomb" attack in the film was cut for pacing purposes, despite being present in several trailers.
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Jeremy Slater's original version of the screenplay included Mole Man, Doctor Doom, and Galactus as the villains. Doctor Doom would have been a Latverian dictator. However, Simon Kinberg rewrote the screenplay making Dr. Doom as an anti-social programmer and cutting Mole Man and Galactus.
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Eddie Redmayne, Jack Huston, Domhnall Gleeson and Sam Riley were considered to play Dr. Doom before Toby Kebbell was cast.
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Josh Trank fought for Miles Teller to get the role of Reed Richards, against the wishes of the studios, only for the two men to end up nearly in a fistfight on set. The studios pushed for Kate Mara in the role of Sue Storm, even though Trank didn't want her for the role; as a result, he was difficult to Mara and bullied her during filming.
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Kate Mara had previously appeared in an episode of Robot Chicken (2005) as the Invisible Woman.
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A menorah can be seen on a shelf in the Grimm family home. In the comics, Ben Grimm was of Jewish faith.
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Josh Trank made the Storm family of mixed ethnicities to represent his view of 21st century families: "I have a mixed family. When I go home for Christmas, you'll see white people and black people; that's normal to me."
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The filmmakers cite Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002-2007), David Cronenberg's sci-films The Fly (1986), and Scanners (1981) and Josh Trank's Chronicle (2012) as influence on the film.
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OTOY, the visual effects company that was hired to do work on the film, was reportedly in way over their heads with the project, and had to deal with a generally-unresponsive and erratic Josh Trank, who requested that The Thing's appearance and size shift between certain shots. A number of visual effects sequences - such as the scene where The Thing fights off insurgents in the Middle-East - were apparently cut due to Fox not funding the small company enough to make them work. Ironically, the reason they hired OTOY was so that they could save on money - reliance on the company and the cost of reshoots ultimately made the whole affair even more expensive.
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This is the second Marvel film for both Tim Blake Nelson and Kate Mara, who had both appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film series: Nelson had appeared in The Incredible Hulk (2008) and Mara had appeared in Iron Man 2 (2010).
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The first time in a live action Fantastic Four movie in which The Thing is not wearing pants or boots.
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Michael B. Jordan described the story as "a bunch of kids that had an accident and have disabilities now that they have to cope with, and try to find a life afterwards."
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"Central City" was the team's locale in Marvel's Fantastic Four #1. Nowadays it's more widely known as the home of DC Comics' hero The Flash.
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This is the third time Michael B. Jordan has portrayed a superhero, after voicing Cyborg in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013) and portraying a superpowered kid in Chronicle (2012).
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Writer Simon Kinberg described the story as "a celebration of all the Fantastic Four comics, the notion of this dysfunctional surrogate family of scientists that come together and this idea that it's almost more like a science adventure than a superhero film."
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The music in the trailer is also the theme tune to Broadchurch (2013).
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It was at one point incorrectly reported that this reboot was going to be set in the same universe as Fox's X-Men movies.
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In post-production the character of Harvey Elder, also known as Mole Man in the comics, was renamed Harvey Allen, since the filmmakers felt he had nothing to do with his version from the comics. The film's portrayal of Allen is based on the Marvel "Ultimate" version of Harvey Elder (a scientist and contemporary of Dr Franklin Storm) and Marvel "Ultimate" Willie Lumpkin (a government agent who handles the team).
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The movie originally had the odds stacked against it by being wedged between three major blockbusters - it would have competed with Jurassic World (2015), which was slated to be released in the previous weekend, Inside Out (2015), which would be released the same weekend, and Ted 2 (2015), which was going to come out in the following weekend. Fox noticed this problem and pushed the release date back by two months, making it compete with Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015). Unfortunately, the move didn't help the movie at all once the bad word-of-mouth came around, and it ended up lagging behind Rogue Nation on its opening weekend.
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During production, Josh Trank had several small dogs, who were left in a rented house in New Orleans while the film was shooting there. The dogs caused as much as $100,000 damage to the property.
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Doombots were originally going to appear in the movie, although this was eventually cut from the film.
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Before Reed gets his powers, he wears glasses. However after the accident, it seems that he doesn't need his glasses anymore. The same thing happens to Peter Parker in Spider-Man (2002).
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Miles Teller is the first American actor to portray Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic; his predecessors, Alex Hyde-White and Ioan Gruffudd, were British. In contrast, Jamie Bell is the first British actor to play Ben Grimm/The Thing; his predecessors, Michael Bailey Smith and Michael Chiklis, were American.
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According to Toby Kebbell, the hardest part about playing Dr. Doom was getting his voice right.
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When Victor Von Doom first appears, he is sitting behind a desk with many computer monitors, one of the monitors shows game play footage from Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (2015).
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The movie was screened for critics a mere two days before it was released in the United States. However, the movie was intended to be premiered in several regions before then - which did not have screenings for critics either. And then the international premieres were delayed until after the United States premiere, which essentially means that the movie was only screened for critics at the eleventh hour, at which point it might as well not have been screened for them at all. The online embargo lasted until two days before the release date and the print embargo lasted until the release date.
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When Dr Franklin visits Victor, a flag of the fictional country of Latveria (Dr Doom's homeland in the comics) can be seen on the wall directly behind Victor's desk.
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Toby Kebbell expressed disappointment in the film. He claimed to understand why fans were disappointed and noted that he still saw his part in the movie as a learning experience.
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Victor's last name was originally going to be "Domashev", and he was envisioned as a blogger with programming skills. His surname was kept the same, and any mention of him blogging is removed from the final film.
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Released a decade after Fantastic Four (2005), of which this film is a reboot.
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The film was so negatively received that it apparently caused Marvel Comics to cancel their F4 titles and end the franchise.
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The 3-D conversion of the film, which was touted as being impressive by Simon Kinberg, was cancelled to fund reshoots. It was even edited out of the initial poster that advertised that the movie would be shown in 3-D in the first place, although the line "in premium large format theatres" still appears.
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Each of the three male members of the Four have portrayed a boxer: Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot (2000), Michael B. Jordan in Creed (2015) and Miles Teller Bleed for This (2016).
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Toby Kebbell was the studio's first choice for the role of Dr. Doom.
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One rumor reports that the film's producer Matthew Vaughn directed some re-shots of the film, but the studio denied those reports.
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Kate Mara dyed her hair after filming was completed and had to wear a wig for reshoots.
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Sasha Pieterse auditioned for the role of Susan Storm but was considered too young for the part.
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Simon Kinberg stated in an interview that he was "disappointed" with the way the film turned out, but stopped short of blaming any one element in particular, saying that he still believes there is potential for "a great Fantastic Four movie" to be made with the cast and crew but for whatever reason this project just wasn't it.
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The movie started development in 2009, but did not go anywhere until Josh Trank signed on in 2012.
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This is the first "Fantastic Four" film adaptation which does not feature the character Alicia Masters.
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The first incarnation of The Thing to have five fingers on each hand instead of having four on each hand in the comics.
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This film marks Kate Mara's second time playing a member of a team of superheroes, the first being in Zoom (2006).
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Josh Gad was Fox's initial choice for the role of Ben Grimm.
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The hospital featured in the movie is called "Judith Trank Memorial". This is the name of director Josh Trank's step-mother.
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Originally Josh Trank intended that this film be connected to his previous film Chronicle (2012). The idea was nixed, but the Negative Zone contains crystals similar to those seen in that film.
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Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic) and Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/The Human Torch) previously starred together in That Awkward Moment (2014).
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The film was planned to be shot in Vancouver, Canada, but was moved to Louisiana due to the state's film production tax incentives.
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Adrien Brody and Jonathan Rhys Meyers were considered for the role of Reed Richards.
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One of only two films based on a Marvel Comic to win the Razzie Award for Worst Picture. The other being Howard the Duck (1986). Oddly, in both cases, it tied with another film for the award. Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) was the film this tied with.
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Madds Mikkelsen walked out of auditioning for the role of Dr. Doom.
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The prologue take place in the year 2007, the same year the previous Fantastic Four film, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) was released.
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At one point, Samira Wiley was considered for the role of Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman.
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Every time you meet Reed (young and older) he is seen rubbing his nose with his thumb.
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This is the second collaboration between Jamie Bell and Simon Kinberg, the first being Jumper (2008).
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Reg E. Cathey (Franklin Storm) had previously starred with Kate Mara (Susan Storm) on the Netflix series House of Cards (2013) and with Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm) on the HBO series The Wire (2002).
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This film reunites actor Michael B. Jordan and director Josh Trank, who both worked together previously on Chronicle (2012).
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Christian Cooke auditioned for the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing before Jamie Bell was cast.
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The football game shown on TV in the background in the beginning is an actual game between UConn and UVA that aired in 2007 on ESPNU.
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Josh Trank was reportedly so determined to have his friend Michael B. Jordan play Johnny Storm that he would not even allow other actors to audition for the role. When Jordan was asked in an interview how he felt about fans being upset over Johnny being changed from Caucasian to African American he scoffed and boasted that the very same fans were going to see the film regardless.
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This film's release date of August 7, 2015 was previously held by Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed (2016), which was later pushed back to December 2016.
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At least Jamie Bell and Kate Mara got something out of the film - they married in 2017.
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Kate Mara joined the cast because she liked superhero movies and wanted to play a superheroine herself.
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Julian McMahon, who played Victor Von Doom in the previous "Fantastic Four" film franchise, starred in the TV series Nip/Tuck (2003) as plastic surgeon Christian Troy. Kate Mara (Susan Storm) had a recurring guest role in the first season of Nip/Tuck as Vanessa Bartholomew, Matt McNamara's girlfriend.
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In 2009, Akiva Goldsman was attached as producer and Michael Green was hired to write the screenplay
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In the film, Victor's quantum attack on Earth resembles a drill, and results in a giant sinkhole with a waterfall spilling into it. Parts of the film were shot in Louisiana where, in 1980 at Lake Peigneur, an oil drilling accident resulted in the tallest waterfall in the Mississippi River valley (estimated over 200 feet) flowing into a sinkhole.
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Unlike previous F4 installments Fox had expressed interest in sequels. With the success of Deadpool (2016) however, Fox has since green lit more X-Men oriented films and put any potential F4 sequels on the back burner until fan backlash has subsided.
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Jamie Bell stars in Snowpiercer (2013) with Chris Evans, who played Johnny Storm in the two films about the Fantastic Four, and Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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As The Thing is considerably taller than the other members of the team, Jamie Bell spent a lot of the production on stilts.
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Stephen Moyer had denied reports about having the role of Doctor Doom.
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Alongside Marmaduke (2010) this is one of the only two live-action films John Cygan appeared in none of which had him playing human characters but voiced a non-human character instead.
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It is estimated that this film lost the studio in excess of $100 million.
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Toby Kebbell was unavailable for the reshoots so that's not actually him in the film's climax.
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Unlike other superhero movies where the characters undergo a radical transformation, Josh Trank wanted to approach this differently. His biggest influence was David Cronenberg and his obsession with body horror.
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Dropped 69% in its second weekend.
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Filmed almost entirely in the Baton Rouge area.
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Despite being one of 20th Century Fox's biggest flops, this was also one of the first films that the studio released on 4K Blu-ray.
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This didn't meet the opening weekend gross of Tim Story's 2005 original until it had been in release for 10 weeks.
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The reshoots bumped the budget up from $122 million to $155 million.
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When Reed meets Sue Storm in the library she says she is listening to Portishead. When she takes out her earphone you can hear the track "Roads" playing. One of the lyrics in the song is "Storm in the morning light"
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Michael B. Jordan played Eric Killmonger in Black Panther (2018) set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe making him the second Human Torch actor to be casted in the MCU the first was Chris Evans casted as Capitan America who played the Human Torch in the 2005 version and it's 2007 sequel.
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Alice Eve and Amber Heard were rumored for the role of Sue Storm.
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Noel Fisher, Cody Sousa and Kevin Pennington were considered by Fox for the role of Johnny Storm.
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The trailer became the most-watched trailer in 20th Century Fox's history.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The draft of the script written by Josh Trank and Jeremy Slater was different from the final film in numerous ways:
  • 1. The released film takes broad strokes from the original script.
  • 2. The first act of the original draft is the first 2/3rds of the final movie.
  • 3. The original script is closer to the MCU in tone.
  • 4. The script features the origins of the Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom, Galactus, Mole Man, Herbie the Robot, and the FantastiCar.
  • 5. Ben is still Reed's muscle, keeping him safe from bullies. This aspect makes Reed's decision to bring Ben along on the trip to the Negative Zone make more sense.
  • 6. Reed goes to the Baxter Building as part of a science scholarship; there he meets Sue, who is working with a Dr. Elder, who is on the cutting edge of his biology field making "moloids". Reed also meets Victor Von Doom, who takes the nerdy Reed to parties, where he meets and falls for Sue. Meanwhile Ben has become sad as Reed has stopped calling him, and he has made a choice - he's skipping college and has enlisted in the army.
  • 7. There's no older Dr. Storm character. Sue calls her brother, Johnny, as a last resort when they're about to take their trip to the Negative Zone.
  • 8. Victor Von Doom is actually a spy for his homeland of Latveria and is leaking Reed's research to them.
  • 9. When the team uses their Quantum Gate, it's because their school refuses to let them use it, which causes the team to use it under the cover of night. Reed calls in Ben, the person he trusts the most, even if their relationship is strained. Sue is staying behind, Johnny helping her man the controls from this side of the portal. Ben gets promised that he'll be the first human to step foot on the other side of the portal.
  • 10. When they go into the Negative Zone, they find an alien city with its entire population dead. They also find their destroyer: Galactus.
  • 11. Galactus seemingly kills Victor with Dark Matter, while Reed and Ben make it to the module, but it's not working; on the other side of the portal Sue is working feverishly to fix the circuitry that won't allow the module to return home. Galactus nears as Sue finally fixes the machine, and he blasts the module with Dark Matter - but the Dark Matter hits the Quantum Gate and there's a reaction and the entire team - the two in the module and the two in the lab - are pelted with some kind of cosmic madness.
  • 12. The scene of the team waking up in the wreckage is similar here with Johnny on fire, screaming, and Ben trapped in stone. Sue's condition is more obvious though, with the skin on her face disappearing and showing her musculature.
  • 13. The script jumps ahead four years instead of one, where Johnny becomes a reality TV star, Sue goes back to medicine and uses her invisibility powers to look inside of patients suffering from serious cancers (Dr. Elder wants her to come work on the Moloid program, but Sue won't - she thinks it'll be weaponized), Reed is in hiding because he blames himself for the destruction caused at the Baxter Building where he has built a Herbie robot while trying to sell the FantastiCar to Toyota, and Ben is working for the military.
  • 14. Meanwhile, Lavteria creates their own Quantum Gate thanks to the information that Victor sent them. They sends a team through. Only Doom returns, however, and takes over the country with his powers, now acting as Galactus' herald.
  • 15. Sue has been trying to cure Ben, using her cancer research, but it isn't working.
  • 16. Victor's people, called Shock Troopers who are armed with futuristic weapons, attack Reed in Indonesia. When he notices that the weapons are based on his designs, Reed realizes that this has to be Victor's work and that he's still alive. After failing to contact Sue, he uses a FantastiCar and flies to the Baxter Building, bringing Herbie along as well. At the same time, Shock Troopers attack Sue and Johnny at the Baxter Building. During the fight, Dr. Elder is accidentally transformed into the Mole Man.
  • 17. While Johnny and Sue fight the soldiers, a Moloid comes into contact with dark matter and becomes a giant creature. When Reed finally arrives, the giant creature bursts out of the ground. Ben, who happens to be nearby looking at puppies in a pet shop window, hears the commotion and runs over. The team engage the giant Moloid and the battle ends when Ben gets swallowed and tries to fight his way out; when he finally gets to the Moloids mouth he sees that Reed has slingshotted a bus at the creature and Johnny has set it on fire and it is heading right towards the mouth - and Ben.
  • 18. The rest of the script has the team coming together to go to Latveria, now the center of an international incident because Victor has built a giant Dark Energy cannon. He intends to use it to destroy Galactus; it seems that Victor's only chance at survival in the Negative Zone was to act as Galactus' herald and help him find a new world to eat - Earth. But Von Doom intends to destroy the Destroyer before that can happen.
  • 19. The team uses their powers in more ways in the script, and Sue especially gets a lot to do. She helps Reed escape from government captivity after the Moloid battle and she's able to create a force shield that reduces wind resistance on the FantastiCar and allows it to reach incredible speeds. Reed uses his powers to become a living airbag in a crash, he survives a grenade attack, and in the end his biggest contribution to the final fight is Herbie.
  • 20. The final battle is in Latveria, but it is revealed the shapeshifting Doom there is a Doombot; Victor is actually physically attached to the planet in the Negative Zone and has sent tendrils of his being to Earth. The film ends with him trapped in the Negative Zone, the Fantastic Four telling the government Galactus is coming and the retooling of the Baxter Building as their home base and a school for smart kids who can help defeat the coming menace of Galactus.


This version of the script was rejected by 20th Century Fox, as it would have been too expensive, which is why they hired Simon Kinberg to rewrite the film, resulting in the final version.
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The origin of the Fantastic Four and Doctor Doom (a lab experiment involving a portal to another dimension goes wrong, and all five get mutated by radiation from the experiment) is based on their "Ultimate Marvel" origin. In their classic Marvel origin, the Four were exposed to radiation while on a rocket in Earth's orbit, and Doom was disfigured by an unrelated lab accident.
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Von Doom speculates that the military may use the other dimension as a prison for criminals. This is what Reed did with the Negative Zone in the Marvel comic "Civil War" (on which Captain America: Civil War (2016) was loosely based).
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Doctor Doom in this film is based on his Ultimate Marvel version (a computer programmer who acquires metal skin), and incorporates elements from the Ultimate Marvel version of Annihilus (a being with metallic skin and green eyes) Molecule Man (a near-powerful but unstable character), and Ego the Living Planet (a being that consumes worlds).
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The Thing is forcibly made to work for the military. In the comics, Ben Grimm was in the US Marines.
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Reed, Ben, Johnny and Victor hijack the quantum gate to be the first humans across. In the original 1960s comics, Reed, Ben, Johnny and Sue hijacked a rocket to become the first humans in space.
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Originally the Fantasticar, the personal vehicle of the Fantastic Four, was going to appear in the film: Reed and Johnny would combine their talents to build a car with a quantum gate installed in it, to take the Four to the Negative Zone. This was scrapped due to costs, and in the final film the Four simply follow close on Doom's tail to the Zone.
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In the "Ultimate Fantastic Four" comics on which this film is based, Ben Grimm (the Thing) and Susan Storm (Invisible Woman) got married. (In the original version, Susan married Reed Richards.) In a curious instance of life imitating art, this film's co-stars Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm) and Kate Mara (Susan Storm) got engaged in 2017.
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