Fantastic Four(stylized asFant4stic) is a 2015 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name . It is the third theatricalFantastic Fourfilm to be distributed by 20th Century Fox , and a reboot of theFantastic Fourfilm franchise. Directed by Josh Trank , with a screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Simon Kinberg and Trank, the film stars Miles Teller , Michael B. Jordan , Kate Mara , Jamie Bell , Toby Kebbell , Reg E. Cathey , and Tim Blake Nelson . InFantastic Four, the team must learn to harness abilities gained from an alternate universe to save Earth from a friend turned enemy.
In August 2009, development of the film was announced. In July 2012, Trank was hired to direct and Slater to write the screenplay; though the film's direction is credited to Trank, he criticized the finished film on Twitter and suggested he did not have final cut rights. In October 2013, Kinberg was hired as a co-writer. By January 2014, Kinberg finished rewriting the script and casting began. Principal photography commenced in May 2014 and concluded in August the same year. The film was shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana .Fantastic Fourpremiered in New York on August 4, 2015, and was released in the United States on August 7.
The film received negative response from critics and audiences for the rushed narrative, notably the story's development and anti-climax. The film also underperformed at the box office, earning only $25.7 million in North America during its opening weekend. A sequel is scheduled for release on June 9, 2017.
Friends Reed Richards ( Miles Teller ) and Ben Grimm ( Jamie Bell ) have worked together on a prototype teleporter since childhood, eventually attracting the attention of Professor Franklin Storm ( Reg E. Cathey ), director of the Baxter Foundation, a government-sponsored research institute for young prodigies. Reed is recruited to join them and aid Storm's children, scientist Sue Storm ( Kate Mara ) and the somewhat reckless technician Johnny Storm ( Michael B. Jordan ), into completing a "Quantum Gate" designed by Storm's wayward protégé, Victor von Doom ( Toby Kebbell ), who begrudgingly agrees to help due to his unrequited feelings for Sue.
The experiment is successful, and the facility's supervisor, Dr. Allen ( Tim Blake Nelson ), plans to send a group from NASA to venture into a parallel dimension known as " Planet Zero ". Disappointed at being denied the chance to join the expedition, Reed, Johnny, and Victor along with Ben use the Quantum Gate to embark on an unsanctioned voyage to Planet Zero, which they learn is a world filled with otherworldly substances. Victor attempts to touch the green-lava like substance, causing the surface they are in to collapse and the ground to erupt. Reed, Johnny, and Ben return to their shuttle just as Sue brings them back to Earth. Victor is left behind after he falls into the collapsing landscape. The machine explodes, altering Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben on a molecular-genetic level, affording them super-human conditions and abilities beyond their control: Reed can stretch like rubber, Sue can become invisible and generate force fields of energy, Johnny can engulf his entire body in flames and fly, and Ben becomes bigger and develops a rock-like hide which gives him enhanced strength and durability. They are then placed in government custody and confinement to be studied and have their conditions and abilities tested. Blaming himself for the accident, Reed escapes from the facility.
One year later, Reed, now a fugitive, is located in Central America by Sue and captured by Ben, who has become a military asset along with Johnny and Sue. Johnny and Sue have been outfitted with specialized suits, one of which Reed later receives, designed to keep up with their conditions and abilities and to help them stabilize, control, and contain their abilities. Reed is brought to Area 57, where Dr. Allen conscripts him to open another portal to Planet Zero in exchange for giving Reed the necessary resources to find a cure. Arriving in Planet Zero, Dr. Allen's explorers find Victor, who has been fused to his spacesuit and can now control the elements, as well as having telekinetic abilities, and bring him back to Earth. Believing the human race needs to be destroyed so he can rebuild Planet Zero in his image, Victor kills scientists and soldiers in the base including Dr. Allen and Professor Storm and returns to Planet Zero using the Quantum Gate, with Ben, Johnny, Reed, and Sue in pursuit.
Now dubbing himself "Doom", he activates a portal on Planet Zero using a structure he made while in the realm, that begins consuming the landscape of the Earth. He is confronted by the four and, after a destructive battle, Ben punches Doom into the portal's energy beam, disintegrating him, while Johnny closes the portal. Returning to Earth, the group is rewarded for their heroics by being given a new base of operations by the United States military. They decide to use their powers to help people and adopt the mantle of the "Fantastic Four".