The San Diego Comic-Con ’22 has been a warehouse of surprises. We know that Fantastic Four will launch Phase 6 of Marvel Studios’ production franchise. We are also aware of the entire Phase 5 line-up that will comprise MCU movies and series like Quantumania, Secret Invasion, GotG Vol. 3, Echo, Loki [S02], The Marvels, Blade, Iron Heart, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, Daredevil: Born Again, and finally, Captain America: New World Order.
Kevin Feige has been dropping names at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. He has been up to his neck with chats and announcements of tying up Phase 4 and where Phase 5 is leading us. However, he has been suspiciously quiet about the much-anticipated news of the Fantastic Four reboot that will establish itself as the first in-MCU movie of the four superheroes.
What Can We Expect From MCU Phase 6’s Fantastic Four?
Imprimis, the Fantastic Four movie will not be the first of its name to be produced. We have had two previous ones that can already be counted as commercial successes. The first movie was released in 2005 and had a team of four astronauts (Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, and Michael Chiklis) who have gained extraordinary abilities after being hit by cosmic radiation encounter fight the evil Doctor Doom. The second movie that came out in 2015 followed a similar plot and starred Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell.
Having established an origin story thoroughly by the 20th Century Fox movie and its decade-old predecessor, Marvel Studios will seemingly take a more efficient route in which the story will pick up from the established group of scientists-turned-superheroes and follow a path similar to the one applied in 2016’s Civil War Spiderman. This is to say that the team will subvert the plot of origin and foundation of the group and already find them in action when the plot begins.
Kevin Feige’s Plan With the Fantastic Four Reboot
The Phase 6 starter film had originally planned to move ahead with its Spiderman-famed director, Jon Watts, however, that was scrapped leading to a film that has no leads and no director at its helm at the moment. Given that the movie will follow a timeline considerably past the formative years of the superhero squad, it may yet feature seasoned actors among the protagonists.
Speaking of the film, Kevin Feige has said:
“A lot of people know this origin story. A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before? We’ve set a very high bar for ourselves with bringing that to the screen.”
This is clearly in tandem with what Feige’s MCU did with the Spider-Man storyline where we were introduced to a teenage Spider-Man who is already an established superhero web-slinger from Queens with no Uncle Ben in the picture to drive them toward the inevitable impetus of the nexus origin event. Whether we will find a multiversal Reed Richards in the form of John Krasinski remains to be seen, given that the actor had only exclusively appeared for a short-lived, ill-fated cameo. Further news about the Fantastic Four reboot may be shared in the upcoming September 10th D23 panel.
Fantastic Four is scheduled for release on November 8, 2024.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter