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Friday, 19 September 2014

The Fantastic Four Delayed

Source: E Online
It's out with the old and in with the new as Marvel's iconic quartet return to the big-screen.
20th Century Fox have today confirmed a delay in the release schedule of their impending superhero blockbuster The Fantastic Four. Directed by Chronicle's Josh Trank and starring the likes of Miles Teller and Toby Kebbell (better known as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), the third instalment in Fox's series of adaptations of the beloved comic-book saga will effectively retcon everything that has come before, taking place within a narrative continuity where the events of Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2008) never occurred (a loss that we sincerely doubt many hardened followers of the classic superhero quartet will grieve over for a particularly extensive period of time).

Whereas Assassin's Creed has seemingly entered the realms of limbo (expect to see our full report on the setbacks that Michael Fassbender's much-anticipated science-fiction blockbuster has suffered later today), The Fantastic Four has thankfully not been burdened with the same level of misfortune; instead, the movie's launch has shifted back by two months in order to accommodate the gap left by the aforementioned video game adaptation. Readers are sure to find no shortage of claims that Fox are attempting to match the unprecedented degree of commercial success attained by Guardians of the Galaxy last month by moving their latest (and possibly greatest - who can say?) cinematic superhero outing to an August release date, yet we'd wager that it's more a case of the studio simply hoping to fill a vacated slot in their big-screen schedule for 2015 rather than them hoping to directly ape Marvel Studios' approach (as valid a move as that would be right now given the latter team's enduring commercial dominance). There has been no sign whatsoever of a teaser trailer for the reboot, of course, and this somewhat unexpected delay will surely make the wait a little longer, but as soon as the first video preview or other promotional material hits the net, there'll be no better place to head over to than right here at On-Screen.

The Fantastic Four will explore the boundaries of our galaxy and battle super-villains galore in cinemas worldwide on August 7th, 2015.

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