Combine a deep-voiced narrator, intense character vignettes, sweeping panoramas, and a soundtrack perfectly suited for an emotional breakdown. Mix well, and you’re basically guaranteed to come up with a movie trailer that’s universally appealing. After a bit of a flubbed film in 2005, Marvel is revisiting the Fantastic Four with Kara Mara, Jamie Bell, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, and a teaser-trailer that points to the perfect mix of sci-fi and superheroes.
Playing Dr. Franklin Storm, Reg E. Cathey narrates the broody trailer as the scene is set on dirt roads and spaceships. He begins, “Human beings have an immeasurable desire to discover, to invent, to build.” The effect is goosebump-inspiring: Here we see four normal people, going about their normal lives, completely unaware of the duties about to befall them. It’s the classic superhero narrative, and this time director Josh Trank has updated it to fit our modern fascination with the deep, the dark, and the scientific. Think Marvel meets Interstellar or Gravity.
While a trailer may not be the sole indicator of whether a movie will be any good or not, we’re holding out hope that the new Fantastic Four film saves the story from its 2005 flop. We need some heroes—preferably some who are perfectly franchise-worthy.
Fantastic Four comes to theaters August 7.