One of the most eye-catching scenes in the trailer for 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four reboot involved Ben Grimm dropping out of a plane into a battle scene. When that shot - and the subsequent battle - didn't show up in the finished film, many fans were puzzled, especially considering the lack of action in the movie as a whole. Now, Entertainment Weekly has pieced together an account of what would have taken place in that scene, and offers some speculation as to why it didn't make the final cut.
The scene would have taken place after the Four were taken to a government base, following Ben Grimm as he takes down a group of terrorists. It would have lead directly into Tim Blake Nelson's Dr. Allen touting the Four's value as weapons to his government peers.
According to EW's account, the scene would have opened on a Chechen rebel camp, with terrorists loading weaponry into trucks. Suddenly, an attack plane drops an object into the camp - the Thing. This would have been the moment briefly glimpsed in the trailer.
By EW's source, as the terrorists open fire on the Thing, their bullets bounce off his rocky exterior, and he slowly, deliberately wades through their ranks taking out terrorist after terrorist. When the last of the enemy soldiers flee the scene, U.S. troops arrive to finish the job, giving Thing a wide berth as he departs in a helicopter.
As for why the scene was cut, EW's unnamed source has no concrete reason, leading the trade to speculate. Among the possible explanations are tension between 20th Century Fox and director Josh Trank over budgetary concerns involved with the scene, or that Trank simply refused to include it in the film's final cut.
Despite Fantastic Four's dismal box office performance, Fantastic Four 2 is currently scheduled for a June 2, 2017 release.