Will the FANTASTIC FOUR reboot follow this story?

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There’s no denying the fact that Fox’s upcoming reboot of FANTASTIC FOUR has been largely panned and ignored by both film and comic fans. With strange story decisions being leaked nearly every week – Sue Storm is adopted, Doom is a computer hacker, etc. – it’s not hard to understand why fans are leery.

Now word comes from Web site ComicBookMovie that the official film synopsis seems to have been leaked (first appearing through sites SuperHeroHype and4chan and reddit), too. At this time, take this synopsis with a grain of salt since it’s neither been confirmed nor denied as being true – though with story elements appearing within the synopsis being true so far, there’s an excellent chance that this is official (keep in mind that if this is official, you’re receiving your spoiler warning now):

Reed is a genius convenience store clerk with Ben. Reed’s parents don’t care about him, and Ben’s dad is abusive. They’re good friends and have each other’s backs. Reed writes a paper for community college on teleportation that attracts the attention of Dr. Franklin Storm, CEO of the Baxter Building research center.

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Storm has a son, Johnny, and an adoptive daughter, Sue, whose father, Storm’s old partner, died in an experiment gone wrong. Johnny and Sue are party kids, and Sue is particularly disdainful of science. Reed and Sue don’t get along at first.

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Victor Doomashev is a anti-social Eastern European computer programmer and hacktivist who calls himself “Doom”. He hates the 1%, particularly Storm, whom he claims corrupts science for profit.

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Storm uses Reed’s paper to complete some equations on a machine to access another dimension, the N-Zone. Reed invites Ben to watch the machine being turned on. Sue and Johnny are also there. Doom manages to hack into the Baxter Building’s servers and use a computer virus to damage the machine, which explodes. Reed, Sue, Johnny and Ben are exposed to otherwordly energy and become mutants with powers that they can’t control.

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Storm takes them to the Baxter Building and creates containment suits for their powers. They begin to train. Reed and Storm also begin developing a way to revert the accident. Sue blames Reed for everything, but they eventually become friends and then a couple. Ben can switch off his powers when he’s not in danger. Johnny changes colors based on heat intensity, and Sue has some borderline telekinetic thing. Reed is pretty much Reed.

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Doom finds out that the four have acquired powers and becomes angry it’s not him, so he comes up with a plan to break into the Baxter Building to access the N-Zone through the rebuild machine. As a distraction, he reprograms a bunch of stolen military drones, the “Doombots”, to attack the building. The four come together as a team for the first time and save people.

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Doom activates the machine and gets technopathy powers or something, basically energy blasts and making machines obey to him, and a fight ensues. The machine goes critical, and, in order to prevent it from exploding and destroying the city, the four push into it and Storm shuts it off.

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There’s a countdown before it reaches critical mass. Inside the N-Zone, the four battle Doom again, and manage to leave him trapped there after he disfigures himself soaking up too much power. The Four manage to escape, but Ben gets the blunt of it to protect Reed and can’t switch back.

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The machine is destroyed, Doom is gone, the four have learned to work as a team, and Reed vows to find a cure for Ben. And it ends there.

So, what do you think? Has your opinion of the film warmed at all, or have you been an avid supporter of it since the start?

FANTASTIC FOUR is directed by Josh Trank from a screenplay by Simon Kinberg and Jeremy Slater (Trank provided the story) and stars Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Toby Kebbell. It arrives in theaters on August 07, 2015.

About the author

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | Ken loves film -- whether it's collecting them or making them. He's a massive fan of creature features and giant monster flicks and hopes to create one himself one day. He also obsessively collects ThunderCats, King Kong, Pacific Rim and The Last of Us memorabilia.