What’s the status of Marvel’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie? Marvel Studios confirmed an MCU Fantastic Four movie during their panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, after years of anticipation and excitement about the former Fox characters joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Prior to this, 20th Century Fox owned the film rights to the Fantastic Four, and the studio made multiple attempts to launch a full-fledged series based on the property: Tim Story's Fantastic Four in 2005, which spawned the sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot in 2015. But now that Disney owns 20th Century Fox, the Fantastic Four rights are back in Marvel Entertainment's hands. And so, Marvel Studios is gearing up to launch their own Fantastic Four movie in the near future.
Here's everything we know so far about Marvel Studios' upcoming Fantastic Four movie reboot, including its potential release date, who could direct, and how the superhero team - consisting of Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and The Thing - can be incorporated into the MCU.
Marvel's Fantastic Four Movie Release Date Info
We predict that Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie will release in July 2023. The MCU's Phase 4 will take up the entirety of 2020 and 2021, which means Phase 5 will presumably launch in 2022. But considering that there are other projects that are far along in development - with actors, writers, and/or directors attached, such as Blade, Black Panther 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - it doesn't seem like Fantastic Four will release in 2022 since it doesn't have a cast or crew yet. So, 2023 seems like the best bet.
Peyton Reed Wants To Make Fantastic Four
Ant-Man and The Wasp director Peyton Reed has expressed interest in Fantastic Four. Reed originally pitched his idea for a Fantastic Four movie to Fox back in 2002, with the film being set in the ‘60s. Specifically, Reed noted that “I developed it for about a year and we went through some different permutations and some different writers, but yes, one of the big ideas was a set-in-the-’60s thing that at the time was structurally gonna be basically like [The Beatles’ 1964 comedy-musical] A Hard Day’s Night, where we were not going to even deal with the origin story.”
At the time, Reed had only released his debut feature, Bring It On, starring Kirsten Dunst; a massive box office hit. Nearly two decades later, Reed has directed both Ant-Man and Ant-Man and the Wasp, with the latter earning more than $622 million in theaters. Since Ant-Man 3 seems to have been canceled, Reed could easily transition from that film series to Fantastic Four. And if Reed does indeed land the job for Fantastic Four, he may have to re-think the ‘60s setting to better align with the current MCU timeline. But Reed does seem like an ideal candidate to direct the (presumably) Phase 5 film.
Marvel May Have Teased Fantastic Four In Spider-Man
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, the final sequence shows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and MJ (Zendaya) in front of the old Avengers Tower, which is being renovated. A sign reads “We Can’t Wait to Show You What Comes Next” and “1 > 2 > 3 >?”. It's believed that this was Far From Home's Easter egg for Phase 4, but the question mark could easily refer to the Fantastic Four as well. After all, the Avengers Tower's new owner could be Reed Richards, who may be transforming it into the Baxter Building.
Marvel Hasn't Cast The Fantastic Four Yet
The new Fantastic Four cast hasn’t been decided yet, but we can probably eliminate past performers from the conversation: Ioan Gruffudd (Mister Fantastic), Jessica Alba (Invisible Woman), Chris Evans (Human Torch), Michael Chiklis (The Thing), Miles Teller (Mister Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Woman), and Jamie Bell (The Thing). Casting the MCU's Fantastic Four is something that would most likely come later in development, with Marvel first looking to get the ball rolling with a writer and director