Marvel’s First Family is – finally – heading into the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
That’s right, a new Fantastic Four movie is on the way – and with Disney’s acquisition of Fox, it means this one will be a part of the MCU. The universe is about to get bigger with Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic), Sue Storm (Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (Human Torch) and Ben Grimm (The Thing).
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige broke the news as The Walt Disney Company’s Investor Day presentation was wrapping up, revealing that Jon Watts was on board to direct. Watts is a solid and safe choice for the studio, seeing as he delivered them two hit Spider-Man movies with Homecoming and Far from Home and is also attached to direct the shaping-up-to-be-massive Spider-Man 3. Watts made his feature debut with 2014 horror film Clown and followed it up with Kevin Bacon-starring 2015 thriller Cop Car.
As it’s still early in the project, there’s no official word on casting, screenwriting, or even what year we can expect this new Fantastic Four movie to hit cinemas. One thing we can speculate on with Marvel’s track record: this may be the first great Fantastic Four movie.
The Fantastic Four have had a bumpy (to put it nicely) screen history. The Jack Kirby and Stan Lee-created characters received a widely derided film adaptation in 1994, made oh-so poorly by Constantin Film to ensure they didn’t lose the film rights. That film is on YouTube in full if you’re so inclined. Two Chris Evans and Jessica Alba-starring adaptations came in 2005 and 2007 from director Tim Story (Ride Along) – and although they received negative reviews, they performed decently at the box office. And of course, there’s Josh Trank’s infamous 2015 effort, Fant4stic, which was panned across the board and failed at the box office.
Jon Watts will direct the new feature film for Marvel's First Family, Fantastic Four! pic.twitter.com/Eu26ghxbGT
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