The other day, 20th Century Fox updated the official website for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four with character descriptions for all four members of the team. One of them caused a bit of an outcry as it appeared to scientifically-augment the superpowers Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller)/Reed Richards is known for.
The description reads as follows: "After being transformed by one of his experiments, he can warp the space around him, and appear to stretch his body into impossible forms and to incredible lengths.
In the past day, lots of articles have been written debating the changes to how Reed's powers work and this led producer/screenwriter Simon Kinberg to clear the air. "I think it was confusing," Kinberg told Hit Fix regarding the website's bio. "I was a little confused by it myself. The intent was to try to explain the power with some sort of scientific explanation, but as you pointed out, most of his powers defy what we know about physics. The upshot of it is that he stretches in his movie. That is his power. That's the simplest explanation."
Hit Fix then mentioned a shot in the latest trailer that showed Reed's arm stretching. Kinberg added, "There's also the shot where his hand's in a restraint, and the arm stretches in to get out of the restraint. And there will be more as more materials come out, certainly. I would say that it is among the harder visual effects to render in a way that feels real and visceral and physical, like we want the powers to feel. But, yeah. He stretches. That's what he does."
Fantastic Four - a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Fantastic Four arrives in theaters August 7, 2015!