Fans of Marvel’s ‘Fantastic Four’ series have had quite a lot of difficulty watching their beloved characters recreated for the big screen. After Marvel reclaimed the rights from Fox, there was considerable hope for a comeback after three films received poor reception. Those expectations were dashed today when Marvel had a major setback for the film.
How the Fantastic Four reboot came to be:
For many years, the Fantastic Four were unavailable to the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 20th Century Fox owned the movie rights to both Marvel’s First Family and the X-Men. This is no longer an issue, thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Fox. An MCU-set Fantastic Four revival was formally confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, and fans were ecstatic to watch the MCU version. Jon Watts was announced to be directing the relaunch around a year and a half later. However, that is no longer the case, as the director has now quit the project.
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Why Director Jon Watts quit Fantastic Four:
Jon Watts has stepped down as the director, but it’s not due to any kind of feud with Marvel Studios. Instead, having spent more than 5 years on the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man series, the director just needs a vacation from the superhero world. In a statement released by Deadline, Watts commented regarding his departure from the next Marvel film: “Making three Spider-Man films was an incredible and life-changing experience for me. I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I’m hopeful we’ll work together again and can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life”.
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Marvel’s take on Jon Watts’s departure:
In a comment, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige noted that working on the Spider-Man trilogy with Jon Watts was a great delight. Sure, he and the other Marvel Studios execs were excited to collaborate with Jon on Fantastic Four. They are, however, respectful of his motives for standing down and would like to work together again in the future. While Watts wishes to take a break from superheroes, this doesn’t imply he will be absent from the field indefinitely. A fourth Spider-Man film is now in development, and Marvel Studios are certain to bring Watts back.
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