With the appearance of John Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans are excited about the entry of the Fantastic Four into the MCU.
The studio has revealed some of its plans for Phase 6 of the MCU. The updates about Phase 6, have made it clear that it will take off with Fantastic Four and end with two Avengers movies. This Phase will be officially called The Multiverse Saga of the MCU.
Phase 4 will conclude with the She-Hulk and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Phase 5 of the MCU will conclude with the release of Thunderbolts in 2024. Phase 6 will start with the Fantastic Four.
Reed Richards in Doctor Strange
So far we have seen only one member of the Fantastic Four in the MCU, and that is Reed Richards or Mr. Fantastic. The character is referred to as the smartest man alive in his universe supposedly he is the one who created the Ultron bots shown in the movie.
These bots were totally under control just like how Tony Stark planned them to be, but the character was not able to showcase much of his abilities with Wanda defeating the Illuminati. Reportedly, the appearance of the actor John Krasinski was also just to satisfy the fans with the years of fan casting.
Fantastic Four into the MCU
Fantastic Four will release on November 8, 2024. In 2020, the studio head Kevin Feige announced that soon the Fantastic Four will be entering the MCU as well. But with the announcement, he also said that the movie will not be an origin story.
Instead of that, they can be introduced via other films, similar to the introduction of Black Panther and Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War. As the studio has announced that the Fantastic Four will be the first movie to release in Phase 6, we can be introduced to this team anywhere in Phase 5 of the MCU.
Most theories about their introduction include, Fantastic Four being stuck either in the quantum realm or somewhere in the vast and unexplored multiverse. During Phase 5 they will somehow end up coming out of there and joining the rest of the superheroes.
Fans’ Reaction to F4 Not Having an Origin Story in the MCU
However, fans don’t seem to take the decision very well. There are several trolls going around Twitter making their own Fantastic Four cast and how would they explain the Fantastic Four to the new fans joining in on the MCU? Being the first team in the MCU and bringing a revolutionary at a time, when the industry was dying.
The team was first introduced in November 1961 and became a massive hit. The comics were quite popular for decades and even got their first movie in 2005. The comics also introduced many pillars of the Marvel Universe including Dr. Doom, Silver Surfer, Galactus, Black Panther, and the Inhumans.
Disappointed fans are taking up Twitter to troll Marvel. One user shared a tweet saying, “Telling my kids this was the Fantastic Four,” with an image of Wanda, Vision, Billy, and Tommy.
The Cast and Crew of Fantastic Four 2024
John Krasinski’s appearance and the years of fan casting have made some rumors about who will be the lead cast of the 2024 movie. Marvel has yet not confirmed any of the following information yet.
As in Doctor Strange 2, John Krasinski played the role of Mr. Fantastic, many believe the studio testing the actor in the role and may cast him in the same role for further projects. With this, the role of Sue Storms or the Invisible Women is expected to be portrayed by Emily Blunt, Zac Efron as Johnny Storm, and Jai Courtney as Ben Grims.
When Kevin Feige announced the movie in 2020, John Watts was supposed to direct the film, but after the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, he decided to take a break from the superhero segment.
For now, Marvel has also not specified any director for the movie. Many believe that Peyton Reed, who pitched some ideas for a Fantastic Four movie in 2020, may get a chance to direct the movie.
With already three movies out on the superhero team, Marvel is not planning a movie based on their origin story. This has left fans unsatisfied and they want the studio to do justice to the characters.