Marvel Studios Says They’re Courting Big Names for Fantastic Four


The Marvel family is getting bigger. Marvel Studios is reportedly courting “big names” to direct the Fantastic Four reboot bringing the superhero family of Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige announced Tom Holland’s Spider-Man director Jon Watts would direct the reboot during Disney’s Investor Day in December 2020, but Watts officially stepped away from the MCU in April.


Feige is now reportedly considering an established filmmaker to helm Fantastic Four after recruiting Sony’s Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi to replace Scott Derrickson on Doctor Strange 2.


In a series of tweets, Deadline’s Justin Kroll reported Fantastic Four is “easily Marvel’s top [open directing assignment]:



Marvel Studios’ strategy in recent years has been to hire talent creating their first blockbuster for the studio, such as Joss Whedon, the Russo brothers, James Gunn, Cate Shortland, and others, with different degrees of success, similar to Jon Watts’ plan before reinventing Spider-Man.



Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito stated of Watts’ amicable departure from the Fantastic Four in a statement:


“We were looking forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU but understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.”


Fantastic Four has yet to receive a release date or cast announcement. The first member of the Fantastic Four to appear in the MCU was John Krasinski, who played a multiverse version Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It’s unknown if Krasinski will repeat that role in Marvel’s Fantastic Four.



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