Marvel’s first family is getting a reboot yet again but with Jon Watts stepping away from the project, Fantastic Four remains in the hunt for a new director for the movie that will be part of the fourth phase of the MCU.
During Disney’s Investor Day in 2020, it was officially announced that Fantastic Four will be getting an MCU reboot with the director of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, Jon Watts, attached to the project. However, in April 2022, Jon Watts stepped down on the project and the Fantastic Four reboot was left with a search for a new director.
According to Deadline reporter Justine Kroll, his sources say there is a large pool of choices for Marvel Studios to choose for the director’s seat of the Fantastic Four reboot which includes “big names” in the industry. However, the studio is “not even close” to trimming down their choices and the process may still take some time.
The Fantastic Four, also known as Marvel’s first family, debuted in 1961 with their very own The Fantastic Four #1 created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee. The team got superpowers when they got exposed to cosmic rays during an outer space scientific mission.
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The members of the Fantastic Four are Reed Richards a.k.a. Mister Fantastic who can elongate his body at will, Sue Storm a.k.a. Invisible Woman who gets invisible and projects force fields, Jonny Storm a.k.a. Human Torch who turns his whole body with flames and fly, and Ben Grimm a.k.a. Thing who has a stone-like body giving him superhuman endurance, strength, and durability.
To date, there is no cast attached to the reboot though Mister Fantastic already debuted in the MCU with an alternate reality version of him from Earth 838 played by John Krasinski in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. There is no confirmation yet whether Krasinski will remain as the MCU’s Mister Fantastic from Earth 616.
Fantastic Four MCU reboot has no release date yet.
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