Reed Richards is better known as Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. The character’s most notable powers are superhuman elasticity, which allows him to stretch his body at any length and makes him nearly impervious to physical attacks. Of course any slight change to that power will cause the internet community to throw their arms up in anger, and it looks like Josh Trank‘s upcoming Fantastic Four tested the limits of that anger, and as a result the studio had to make a change.
The Fantastic Four film website has some new character profiles. Focusing on our four heroes, we get some small details as to what their powers are. But when it comes to Reed Richards (Miles Teller), the description doesn’t match up to the character’s comic book lore.
Badass Digest discovered on the film’s official website that the character profile on Reed Richards said that he can’t actually stretch his own body, but can “warp space around him.” This was probably the filmmakers’ attempt to give a scientific explanation to Mister Fantastic’s powers. Here’s the original screenshot from the official site:
After the site’s character breakdown was noticed, fans expressed their outrage over the seemingly “scientific explanation” to Mister Fantastic’s powers. As a result it seems that the studio has listened to the geek community, and edited the character breakdown. The ability to “warp space around him” has been omitted, and was replaced with a slightly less technical description of his “stretching powers.” Check it out here.
So were fans so angered about this that Fox had to edit the profile? I’d like to think so. We see that they kept the ability to stretch his body into “impossible forms” and “incredible lengths” on the site.
In fact, HitFix was able to talk to writer Simon Kinberg about the powers controversy. Kinberg was able to confirm that Richards can stretch, and was confused about why they were trying to give Mister Fantastic’s powers a “scientific explanation.”
“I think it was confusing,” he agreed. “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.”
He wasn’t quite sure where about the origins of the confusion, but provided this explanation as to why it was posted,
“I’m not sure what the derivation of it was. There are so many materials on movies like this, and not all of it comes from the same source.”
Kinberg’s quotes, as well as the updated information on the website’s character profile, should help calm things down for a bit.
Starring Miles Teller as Mister Fantastic Kate Mara as the Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as Dr. Doom, Fantastic Four is scheduled for an August 7, 2015 opening in theaters.
[Source: Fantastic Four Website via Badass Digest | Hitfix]