Don’t you wish that Miles Teller could just come right out and talk freely about the Fantastic Four reboot? His name has been attached to the project for a while now, with rumors saying that he’s going to play Reed Richards in Josh Trank’s reimagining of the classic Marvel property. But nothing has been confirmed. Because nothing ever gets confirmed in Superhero Movie Rumor World!
With Fantastic Four ramping up for a Louisiana shoot in March (and a finished script locked in place), it’s safe to assume that concrete Four details will start rolling out of Fox. Until then, Teller has to play "the game." Maybe he isn’t involved. Yet, every time that he’s asked about the production, he doesn’t slam the door. He shares insight. Late last year, he talked about how his commitment to the Divergent sequels would lead right into the Fantastic Four film shoot… you know, if that was something he had to worry about. And now, when asked by Collider about the reboot, Teller didn’t offer denials. He offered opinions.
Of the reboot, Teller said:
"I think, you know, if that were to happen, I think the characters would be taken in a different direction than the kind of blue suits and stuff from the franchise that had previously been done, which you’d have to if you’re gonna reboot something, you really got to kind of put your own spin on it. But with that being said, all I need is like, a couple weeks to just get my body back in shape. So the answer to that is yes, I could get back in shape."
Listen to him talk about the movie. "If it were to happen?" "Yes, I could get back in shape?" It really sounds like Teller’s expecting to stretch into the role, and soon. (Get what I did there?)
So, let’s break down what he said. He says that Trank "should" put a fresh spin on it. Which likely means that the reboot won’t be beholden to the classic Marvel origin of the team, which requires the four members of the eventual "family" to take a spaceship trip through a storm of cosmic radiation. Tim Story stayed true to that version back in 2005, and his movie might have suffered a bit because of that loyalty.
There has been talk that a rebooted Four doesn’t have to go into space… that there can be a new version of the story that brings these four super-powered individuals together as a team using different means. It’s not the only change. In the comics, Sue and Johnny Storm are siblings, but the persistent rumor is that Trank wants his Chronicle co-star Michael B. Jordan (who acts alongside Teller in That Awkward Moment) for the Human Torch. So canon is off the table with this reboot, it seems.
Not that Teller is on board. He isn’t. Even if he keeps talking about the pending movie as if it’s his to shepherd. We shall see.