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12 scenes in the Fantastic Four trailers that definitely weren't in the film

08.11.2015
 

Hopefully by now you know that somewhere along the way something went terribly wrong with FANTASTIC FOUR. Its director, Josh Trank, recently dweeted (which is my new word for “tweeted then deleted”), “A year ago I had a fantastic version of this…You’ll probably never see it…” Since then, we’ve heard stories about studio interference, reshoots, and entire chunks of the film scrapped. Needless to say, the final cut shown in theaters is not the one originally envisioned when this team started out.

Fueling the fire of this controversy is a recently released reel of b-roll, revealing that there were whole scenes involving Reed Richards’ Fansti-Car, which obviously didn’t make it into the movie. That’s not the only casualty. We dove back into the FANTASTIC FOUR trailers to find out what else might have been left on the cutting room floor, and, sure enough, there’s a bunch — including pieces that were at the forefront of the film’s promotional campaign.

Obviously, there are SPOILERS from FANTASTIC FOUR, so proceed at your own risk.

1. Ben and Baseball

Ben Grimm Fantastic Four baseball

The first look we received of Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm came in the first FANTASTIC FOUR teaser trailer. We got a mere glimpse of him as The Thing emerging from his rock cocoon, but we can’t forget about his character’s baseball aspirations. While Miles Teller’s Reed Richards was depicted as this science nut since childhood, Ben was playing in what we presume was his high school team.

2. Johnny Working on His Car

Johnny Storm Fantastic Four

Michael B. Jordan’s Johnny Storm makes his debut in FANTASTIC FOUR as a streetcar racer with an attitude. He later makes a big stink with his dad (played by Reg E. Cathey) about how he’s been working on this hunk ‘o’ junk to get it into racing shape. Apparently, we could have seen him actually putting some work into it. This scene in question isn’t the most exciting of the ones cut, but at least we know at one point the writers were “showing, not telling.”

3. Injured Johnny

Sue Storm Fantastic Four injured Johnny

Even with the reshoots there was no way Johnny Storm would’ve died at the end of the film. With FRUITVALE STATION in his rearview mirror and CREED down the road, all eyes are on this young talent. That said, there was clearly a moment in the trailers where his tear-stained sister, Sue (Kate Mara), cradled the head of her injured brother on Planet Zero. (Side note, the fact that this dimension was called Planet Zero and not The Negative Zone makes me want to set myself on fire!)

4. Flame On

Johnny Storm Flame On

Aside from the fact that Johnny does not recite his iconic catchphrase in battle, he also doesn’t check on the deceased bodies like the good Samaritan that he is in the trailers. We now know that Doom lays waste to anyone he finds in the government facility, and our heroes come late to the party to find the hallways riddled with corpses. Johnny was supposed to crouch down and light up, but this was one of the many small moments that didn’t make the final cut.

5. “What Is Coming?”

Fantastic Four Reed Richards Doctor Doom

Before Tim Blake Nelson’s “Dr. Allen” — which we’ll get to in a moment — visits Toby Kebbell’s Doom once he’s brought back from Planet Zero, Reed was supposed to have a conversation with him. “Be ready for what’s coming,” says a voice (presumably Doom’s, but you never know with ADR) as Reed hovers over Doom’s charred body. “What is coming?” he responds. And then depending on if you’re watching the teaser trailer or the full-length cut, he either says, “the answers,” or, “Doom.”

6. Color Change

Fantastic Four lava

The first half of the promotional campaign for FANTASTIC FOUR featured red energy flowing and pooling on the surface of Planet Zero. The second half gave the substance a green hue, instead, and that’s the color that ended up in the film. We can only presume this choice was to complement Doom’s traditionally green look.

7. Outta the Park

Ben Grimm baseball sign

Continuing Ben’s background as an amateur baseball player, there’s a moment in the first official trailer where he hits a ball into his family’s sign, knocking out the lights in one of the Gs. Sorry, Ben, but unfortunately for you we don’t need your life’s story.

8. Power Surge

Fantastic Four Sue Storm powers

You can totally mouth off in the comments with this one, because even I admit that it’s a little picky — but still… Sue does have a scene in the film where she’s pushing her powers to the limit, first turning herself invisible, then a large shipping crate, and finally attempting to use her force fields to knock back all the crates encircling her. Despite what this moment from the trailers would have you believe, she’s only able to nudge a few of them. In my mind, this was a moment where she finally masters her abilities and goes back to this room to show those crates who’s boss.

9. Double Team

Sue Johnny Storm flying

Speaking of Sue’s powers, she’s able to use her force fields like Glinda to fly and carry Reed and Ben around with her. In the trailers, she’s shown flying around Planet Zero and knocking down all the pillars Doom sets up to maintain his inter-dimensional gateway. Only Johnny does this in the film, however, and Sue never fully masters her flight.

10. Missing In Action

The Thing airdrop Fantastic Four

Based on the trailers, it seems that Ben got the short end of the stick. First his baseball story was cut, and then his big standout moment from the trailer — the one where he airdrops out of a plane to clobber a military base — was completely discarded. According to reports, the movie at one point or another featured three major action scenes, but this one could’ve been the coolest of them all.

11. Bulletproof

The Thing action scene Fantastic Four

To further reinforce my last claim, the action heats up after The Thing makes his grand entrance. Some unknown assailants shower him with bullet fire, but all attempts bounce right off his rocky exterior. This scene was even featured in later trailers, which begs the question, “When did these oft-mentioned reshoots happen?”

12. It’s Clobbering Time…Or Is It?

The Thing clobbering time Fantastic Four

At first I could have sworn this moment, which was another major promotional push in the trailers, made it into the film. Upon further examination and trolling the Twittersphere, my mind was apparently playing tricks on me. Another strike out for Ben.

BONUS: What Happened To Mole Man?

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Remember that time when the trades were reporting on Tim Blake Nelson joining the cast of FANTASTIC FOUR as Harvey Elder, aka the man who would become the villain Mole Man? That apparently was just a nice thought. Though there’s a time when he’s called “Harvey,” his official name is “Dr. Allen,” and all hopes of him coming back for the sequel were squashed when Doom brought sweet vengeance down upon him.

FANTASTIC FOUR is now in theaters.

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9:43AM on 08/12/2015
I wasn't really interested in seeing what I thought would be a trainwreck movie, but I thought I should give the film a fair chance, then the reviews came out and now I just won't pay money for it. That aside, do I feel these clips could have helped the film? It kind of depends. Some people are basing this on a moments clip, but what if Things drop and bulletproof scene was a good solid 5 min of action? What if Johnny igniting after seeing the soldiers is emotionally excellent? What if? What
I wasn't really interested in seeing what I thought would be a trainwreck movie, but I thought I should give the film a fair chance, then the reviews came out and now I just won't pay money for it. That aside, do I feel these clips could have helped the film? It kind of depends. Some people are basing this on a moments clip, but what if Things drop and bulletproof scene was a good solid 5 min of action? What if Johnny igniting after seeing the soldiers is emotionally excellent? What if? What if? What if? What if those scene in their full length purpose do help? I don't know and we may never know. It is sad though. It makes you wonder if a bad movie could have been decent.
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2:13AM on 08/12/2015
What a pointless article, slow news day? Stop posting articles about this movie for clickbait, it bombed big time, let's move on.
What a pointless article, slow news day? Stop posting articles about this movie for clickbait, it bombed big time, let's move on.
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4:35PM on 08/11/2015
I really can't imagine any of those extra scenes making this a better movie. Not one little bit.
I really can't imagine any of those extra scenes making this a better movie. Not one little bit.
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4:19PM on 08/11/2015

Plagiarism? WTF

This same article was posted yesterday on Hitfix.com using most of the same pictures titled "12 scenes from the Fantastic Four Trailers that Aren't in the Film." A couple are even in the same order. At least you changed the captions, and a couple of the scenes, but couldn't you have made it like 10 scenes or something to make it less obvious where you got the idea? This is disappointing Joblo.com.

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This same article was posted yesterday on Hitfix.com using most of the same pictures titled "12 scenes from the Fantastic Four Trailers that Aren't in the Film." A couple are even in the same order. At least you changed the captions, and a couple of the scenes, but couldn't you have made it like 10 scenes or something to make it less obvious where you got the idea? This is disappointing Joblo.com.

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5:25PM on 08/11/2015
There's actually a bunch of articles like this out there right now as it's a hot topic. You can do a quick google search and find them. I'm disappointed that you think that way, but this is not plagiarism in any sense of the word. It's a hot topic, which is why we chose to run this, which was strictly between myself and the writer. Since we discussed doing it yesterday I saw it pop up on numerous other sites. I hope you're calling all of them out for plagiarism as well.

Appreciate the
There's actually a bunch of articles like this out there right now as it's a hot topic. You can do a quick google search and find them. I'm disappointed that you think that way, but this is not plagiarism in any sense of the word. It's a hot topic, which is why we chose to run this, which was strictly between myself and the writer. Since we discussed doing it yesterday I saw it pop up on numerous other sites. I hope you're calling all of them out for plagiarism as well.

Appreciate the insult to our integrity.
6:17PM on 08/11/2015
So we're going with coincidence for all the similarities? Its weird that you chose twelve, though. That's not even a very common number for listicles. Here's a thought, try googling something before you publish, so you don't "accidentally" rip-off someone else's ideas.

Also, this isn't the first time I've seen plagiarism on Joblo. For a long time the Ink and Pixel articles were plagiarized almost word for word from Wikipedia. Thankfully, after many articles were already in the bank,
So we're going with coincidence for all the similarities? Its weird that you chose twelve, though. That's not even a very common number for listicles. Here's a thought, try googling something before you publish, so you don't "accidentally" rip-off someone else's ideas.

Also, this isn't the first time I've seen plagiarism on Joblo. For a long time the Ink and Pixel articles were plagiarized almost word for word from Wikipedia. Thankfully, after many articles were already in the bank, that practice has changed. So jumping to that conclusion isn't exactly ridiculous.

Whether you got the idea from Hitfix or Buzzfeed or wherever, it doesn't really matter. I'm a long time reader, and I generally like the site, but this kind of stuff really irks me about internet writing. Just because something is a "hot topic" or whatever doesn't give anyone carte-blanche to take any idea they see and just publish it as their own. And this goes for sites like Hitfix and Buzzfeed, and any other infotainment site. It would've even been fine if you were like, "Here are some that these sites mentioned and also a couple that we found on our own." Without that its a bullshit version of writing, and frankly, its just disappointing to see on a site that I've been reading for years.

Thanks for the snarky response, though.
6:49PM on 08/11/2015
Dude, the topic of what was in the trailer vs. what was in the film is EVERYWHERE. We didn't just troll the 'net and decide to do what everyone else was doing. Everyone was already talking about it, including all of us at the site. Obviously, that was happening everywhere and you can see that it picked up like wildfire. In fact, I think MOST movie sites have a similar list at this point. It's not like we're calling this an exclusive. It's a simple line-by-line list of what we noticed that we
Dude, the topic of what was in the trailer vs. what was in the film is EVERYWHERE. We didn't just troll the 'net and decide to do what everyone else was doing. Everyone was already talking about it, including all of us at the site. Obviously, that was happening everywhere and you can see that it picked up like wildfire. In fact, I think MOST movie sites have a similar list at this point. It's not like we're calling this an exclusive. It's a simple line-by-line list of what we noticed that we thought folks would enjoy on a topic that's very relevant. But plagiarism? No. Not even close and I don't take that lightly. You're making accusations that simply aren't true and that's an insult to us.

If you want to discuss this further, I'm happy to do so via e-mail as the comments section is not the place for this.

2:20AM on 08/12/2015
I wouldn't call it plagiarism, just not very original if other sites have posted the same thing. As long as none of it is copyrighted then anything posted on the internet is considered public domain & that is something that happens all the time on the net, so it's nothing new.
I wouldn't call it plagiarism, just not very original if other sites have posted the same thing. As long as none of it is copyrighted then anything posted on the internet is considered public domain & that is something that happens all the time on the net, so it's nothing new.
3:11PM on 08/11/2015
This is insane. WTF were the studio thinking?! First 3 action scenes are taken out, then 12 scenes from the trailer are axed! Trailers are the selling point to get people to go see the movie. So why present the movie one way, only to cut out what was presented which initially got folks in the theater seats to begin with? That's basically false advertisement. I get incredibly angry when one scene from a trailer is missing. So I can't imagine the frustration I would have felt watching this movie
This is insane. WTF were the studio thinking?! First 3 action scenes are taken out, then 12 scenes from the trailer are axed! Trailers are the selling point to get people to go see the movie. So why present the movie one way, only to cut out what was presented which initially got folks in the theater seats to begin with? That's basically false advertisement. I get incredibly angry when one scene from a trailer is missing. So I can't imagine the frustration I would have felt watching this movie then discovering 12 scenes are missing. I'm starting to see why Fox gets so much hate.
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3:04PM on 08/11/2015

Wowzers...

So the studio cut out a lot of action which explains a lot. It seems that what they had was a far darker film....that scene with Johnny lighting up after he sees that corpse shows anger....man I'd die to see a directors cut of this! It's strange how they cut out a lot of the money shots....
So the studio cut out a lot of action which explains a lot. It seems that what they had was a far darker film....that scene with Johnny lighting up after he sees that corpse shows anger....man I'd die to see a directors cut of this! It's strange how they cut out a lot of the money shots....
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1:15PM on 08/11/2015

The studio interference...

is still really baffling. So we already know they only made the movie so the rights didn't go back to Marvel. They got a director that has shown prior he knew what he was doing in this area and assembled a pretty solid cast. Why bother stepping in and messing with anything. You are just making the movie to keep the rights and no other real reason. You have a good group of people put together. Just back away and let them do what they are going to do.
is still really baffling. So we already know they only made the movie so the rights didn't go back to Marvel. They got a director that has shown prior he knew what he was doing in this area and assembled a pretty solid cast. Why bother stepping in and messing with anything. You are just making the movie to keep the rights and no other real reason. You have a good group of people put together. Just back away and let them do what they are going to do.
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5:57PM on 08/11/2015
I read a story yesterday that claimed the studio wanted Mara, but he didn't. He was so angry that he treated her like crap....to the point where by the end of the film, he and Teller were no longer speaking.
I read a story yesterday that claimed the studio wanted Mara, but he didn't. He was so angry that he treated her like crap....to the point where by the end of the film, he and Teller were no longer speaking.
10:38PM on 08/11/2015
Because it's FOX...and they like to screw up everything
Because it's FOX...and they like to screw up everything
1:14PM on 08/11/2015

Quick Story

What's funny is that the trailer was great and had me 2nd guessing the initial hate towards it.

Quick story: They played several trailers in front of Avengers 2 in IMAX. Star Wars, Batman vs. Superman, Ant-Man, Jurassic World and Fantastic Four. Of those 5, The fans erupted after 2 trailers: Star Wars and Fantastic Four. I shit you not.
What's funny is that the trailer was great and had me 2nd guessing the initial hate towards it.

Quick story: They played several trailers in front of Avengers 2 in IMAX. Star Wars, Batman vs. Superman, Ant-Man, Jurassic World and Fantastic Four. Of those 5, The fans erupted after 2 trailers: Star Wars and Fantastic Four. I shit you not.
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12:32PM on 08/11/2015
Yes because what this movie needed was scenes of Ben Grimm playing baseball.
Yes because what this movie needed was scenes of Ben Grimm playing baseball.
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5:59PM on 08/11/2015
I agree taking a hero astronaut and turning him into an amateur baseball player is a joke, but the characters obviously suffered from a lack of backstory, so an extra few minutes of film time showing them making emotional turns in their life might have improved it.
I agree taking a hero astronaut and turning him into an amateur baseball player is a joke, but the characters obviously suffered from a lack of backstory, so an extra few minutes of film time showing them making emotional turns in their life might have improved it.
12:18PM on 08/11/2015

I wish the whole movie didn't exist.

A horrible and boring story, angsty kids and lots of whining and no action. The sets were bland, the acting was bad (nobody seemed to care, but I blame Trank more than the actors)
A horrible and boring story, angsty kids and lots of whining and no action. The sets were bland, the acting was bad (nobody seemed to care, but I blame Trank more than the actors)
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11:33AM on 08/11/2015

Give Marvel it's characters back to fix

There is nothing here that would help this film. It was all junk. Media should just make articles saying Fox squatted on Marvel property, the film they made bombed horribly, and they NEED to either give the rights back at a bargain price, or let Marvel Studios step in as a 50% creative partner. After this much of a beatdown, they shouldn't have that much pride.
There is nothing here that would help this film. It was all junk. Media should just make articles saying Fox squatted on Marvel property, the film they made bombed horribly, and they NEED to either give the rights back at a bargain price, or let Marvel Studios step in as a 50% creative partner. After this much of a beatdown, they shouldn't have that much pride.
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11:22AM on 08/11/2015
I'm torn here. I know Trank had a specific vision for his take on Fantastic Four. But the Studio wanted to pull out 3 action sequences? That doesn't make any sense. Something is fishy here.
I'm torn here. I know Trank had a specific vision for his take on Fantastic Four. But the Studio wanted to pull out 3 action sequences? That doesn't make any sense. Something is fishy here.
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11:16AM on 08/11/2015
Well, it certainly couldn't have hurt the movie any less by having all of this footage actually in the film. But who knows; maybe they'll be a director's or extended cut when it comes out for home release.
Well, it certainly couldn't have hurt the movie any less by having all of this footage actually in the film. But who knows; maybe they'll be a director's or extended cut when it comes out for home release.
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12:04PM on 08/11/2015
At this point I can only imagine Fox wants this thing dead and buried. With Trank disowning the film it seems highly unlikely he'll get a director's cut. Shame, as this is a really fascinating case of a high profile movie gone wrong with obvious cuts and reshoots, and a lot of blame being tossed around. It would be interesting to at least see an alternate cut with these parts restored.
At this point I can only imagine Fox wants this thing dead and buried. With Trank disowning the film it seems highly unlikely he'll get a director's cut. Shame, as this is a really fascinating case of a high profile movie gone wrong with obvious cuts and reshoots, and a lot of blame being tossed around. It would be interesting to at least see an alternate cut with these parts restored.
6:01PM on 08/11/2015
I can't see any additional money being put into this for a director's cut, and since most of the scenes involved CG, they wouldn't be good enough quality to be included.....even in a DVD nobody wants.
I can't see any additional money being put into this for a director's cut, and since most of the scenes involved CG, they wouldn't be good enough quality to be included.....even in a DVD nobody wants.
11:14AM on 08/11/2015
I am wondering what was the Studio's motivation for cutting it up so bad? I mean, the money for these scenes was spent, right? Did the studio think that having the extra action scenes would somehow HURT the box office? It doesn't really make a lot of business sense. They invested a small fortune on the product, and then cut it to pieces. It comes across as more of a personal (and expensive) attack on Trank, who is obviously persona non grata at Fox.
I am wondering what was the Studio's motivation for cutting it up so bad? I mean, the money for these scenes was spent, right? Did the studio think that having the extra action scenes would somehow HURT the box office? It doesn't really make a lot of business sense. They invested a small fortune on the product, and then cut it to pieces. It comes across as more of a personal (and expensive) attack on Trank, who is obviously persona non grata at Fox.
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11:48AM on 08/11/2015
Executives sometimes fancy themselves as filmmakers.
Executives sometimes fancy themselves as filmmakers.
10:49AM on 08/11/2015
This looked like such a good movie from the trailers. I still didn't hate it as much as everyone else but I would love to see tranks full vision rather than this studio cut to pieces one.
This looked like such a good movie from the trailers. I still didn't hate it as much as everyone else but I would love to see tranks full vision rather than this studio cut to pieces one.
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