The newest squad of Marvel movie superheroes has been assembled now that Fox has finally picked its cast quartet for "The Fantastic Four," and, as one should probably come to expect in today's climate of insta-feedback, the fan reactions are very split at the outset.
As long suspected, "Fruitvale Station" and "Friday Night Lights" actor Michael B. Jordan will become Johnny Storm, "The Human Torch" for the pic, re-teaming with his "Chronicle" director Josh Trank for the project. After months of speculation and tongue-in-cheek responses to the rumor, this is not surprising — or news, really.
However, the three add-ons that join Trank's team of cosmic radiation-exposed astronauts do come as a bit of a jolt. According to Variety, Kate Mara ("House of Cards") joins the fold as Johnny's sister Sue Storm, aka "The Invisible Woman." No details have yet emerged as to how that relationship will be presented in the reboot, though many suspect adoption or half-parentage will come into play.
Meanwhile, Miles Teller — who recently starred with Jordan in the bromantic comedy "That Awkward Moment" and will re-team with him again for a new heist flick by director Tom Gormican — comes in as Reid "Mr. Fantastic" Richards, a scientific genius who acts as a father figure for the group. Despite his ability to stretch and twist his body every which way, Richards is a relatively subdued guy. (Note: There's talk that Teller's "Divergent" series obligations might render a kink in his "Fantastic" involvement, though.)
Finally, Ben Grimm, aka "The Thing," reportedly will be portrayed by Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot"). His is a character filled with self-loathing and anger over his monstrous, rock-like appearance, and Bell's experience with motion capture performance in Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" might just be a weighty feather in his cap for snagging this role. See for yourself:
Naturally, the trusty Twitterverse has had its say about these selections. Some were, shall we say, not so impressed by the additions.
Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan are now in THE FANTASTIC FOUR? Why didn't they just add Zac Efron and Imogen Poots?
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) February 20, 2014
Fantastic Four? More like Ecclesiastic Four, amirite?
— AmIRite Bot (@AmIRiteBot) February 20, 2014
Miles Teller cast in this new FANTASTIC FOUR picture. Get ready for the obnoxious, quick-talking Reed Richards you didn't know you wanted... — Andrew (@jupin) February 20, 2014
Kate Mara is doing a FANTASTIC FOUR movie with a newer, younger cast! Because that worked out so well for her before. pic.twitter.com/GIOfdzGDU3
— Donnacha Kenny (@TheRealDonnacha) February 20, 2014
The fantastic four reboot budget better be extremely low. Looking at the cast it'll be a fantastic flop. — Rocking_M (@Rocking_m) February 20, 2014
Fantastic Four casting must be a slot machine loaded up with actors and they go with the first spin.
— Jeff (@RealJeffHarjo) February 20, 2014
Not everyone was e-groaning over the selections, though. There were plenty of tweeters who got pretty enthused over Mara, Teller, and Bell joining Jordan for the super-powered foursome.
Oh wow. Love that Fantastic Four cast. I nearly didn't click on the report I was so bored by the thought of it. Now I'm like - WHEN? — Rebecca (@bexter2001) February 20, 2014
Michael B Jordan! Kate Mara! Miles Teller! Jamie Bell! The Fantastic Four! Was this movie cast by tumblr? Because yes to everything!
— Syazwina Saw ( 蘇薇娜) (@syazwinasaw) February 20, 2014
Oh. My. God. Perfect Fantastic Four team. Perfect.
— Linda Ge (@lindazge) February 20, 2014
What do you have to say about your new "Fantastic Four"? Are they indeed fantastic? Or are you ready to throw 'em the way of Doctor Doom already? And how do you think they'll compare to the Jessica Alba and Chris Evans iterations of 2005 and 2007 (see clip below)? Hit the comments and let us know.
"The Fantastic Four" will hit theaters on June 19, 2015, joining a Marvel-heavy summer schedule which already includes "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (May 1, 2015) and "Ant-Man" (July 17, 2015).