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Trailer for 'Fantastic Four' reboot takes franchise in a younger – and darker – direction

Kate Mara and Miles Teller star in new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Fantastic FourFantastic FourKate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jaime Bell star in the reboot of "Fantastic Four." (Photo: 20th Century Fox/Marvel)

Ten years after the last "Fantastic Four" franchise was launched – you remember it, right? It was the one that had Jessica Alba in it and Michael Chiklis playing The Thing – Marvel is rebooting the story of the team of inter-dimensional explorers who come back to Earth with extraordinary powers. This time around, the movie is taking a decidedly darker tone, if the second trailer, which was released on Sunday, is to be believed.

The 2015 version of the Four are Kate Mara ("House of Cards") as Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, Miles Teller ("Whiplash") as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Michael B. Jordan ("Fruitvale Station") as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell ("Snowpiercer") as Ben Grimm aka The Thing. It's a relatively younger cast, and it'll be interesting to see Bell, a British actor who is probably most famous for playing "Billy Elliot" when he was 14, take on a role that is usually reserved for someone a little more robust. After all, saying "It's clobberin' time!" doesn't sound as good if the guy is 150 pounds, right?

Oh well, judging by the trailer, we probably won't have to worry; CGI will pile enough bricks on Bell to make him look formidable. It also looks like we get our first glimpse at the quartet's mortal enemy, Dr. Doom (Toby Kebbell) and he looks pretty darned creepy.

The movie, which hits theaters Aug. 7, is executive produced by former Marvel CEO Avi Arad, whose childhood in Israel included reading superhero comics growing up. A sequel is planned for a 2017 release, which is pretty confident of the folks at Marvel. Then again, given the company's track record lately, a pre-emptive sequel isn't a bad move.

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