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    Marvel Reboots Fantastic Four—Does That Mean No More Jessica Alba?

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    Comic book geeks, rejoice!

    Marvel is unveiling a new Fantastic Four graphic novel this month dubbed Season One, which updates the superhero quartet with a 21st century twist.

    But does that mean we'll be seeing Jessica Alba and her fellow original cast members Ioan Gruffud, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans suiting up for more big-screen adventures?

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    That's still up in the air (more on casting possibilities below). But here's what we know for sure.

    Fantastic Four: Season One, which debuts this month, was written by Glee and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, collaborating with artist David Marquez. Their goal: provide a modern-day makeover to the classic characters' origin story by incorporating technology that just wasn't available when Mister Fantastic, Invisible Girl, the Human Torch and The Thing hit newsstands in the '60s.

    So instead of clunky land lines, the foursome use cell phones. And, in a nod to ever-present social media, after taking on Mole Man for the first time as a team, Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch) ends up trending on Twitter.

    The tweaks don't mess with the Fantastic Four's essential DNA, but according to USA Today, enable young readers not accustomed to the retro world they were conceived in a way to enjoy them today, especially thanks to the inclusion of contemporary pop-culture references like Mad Men and Cloverfield.

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    "If you're a new fan, you can start your journey into comics with Season One and if you're a seasoned fan you'll find some thrilling new insight into your favorite characters," said Tom Brevoort, Marvel SVP/Executive Editor.

    Similar Season One series will follow this spring for the likes of Spider-Man, X-Men, Daredevil and Hulk (and could reinvigorate those feature franchises as well).

    So what does this reboot mean for the future of the Fantastic Four film franchise?

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    Marvel isn't commenting, but Variety reports that Chronicle helmer Josh Trank is 20th Century Fox's No.1 choice to relaunch the series, which so far consists of 2005's Fantastic Four and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which grossed a combined $620 million at the worldwide box office.

    A script is also in the works by Michael Green, who co-wrote last summer's poorly received Green Lantern, but it's unknown whether it'll take its cues from Season One. (Worth noting, however: The previous installments are both set in modern-day times.)

    As for whether Alba and company will reunite for the new film, as of press time, that seems, um, a stretch.

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