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‘This would break the box-office’: Steven Spielberg Rumored to Direct MCU’s Fantastic Four, Fans Claim MCU is Following DCEU For More Artistic Freedom

One of the most prolific directors of our time, Steven Spielberg has directed some of the most iconic films in cinema history, including Catch Me If You Can, Jaws, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, and many more.

The director has been known to challenge our expectations and release innovative plots, spanning both human history and science fiction. He explored the history of slavery in Amistad and the existence of free will with development in technology in Minority Report.

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Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln was on the verge of being moved to HBO for release

The Fantastic Four report

The Oscar-winning director has gone on to work on many original scripts, in league with directors such as James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and more. So we would be hard-pressed to see him work on a studio-controlled project, but rumors suggest otherwise.

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Steven Spielberg along with Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and George Lucas.

According to comicbookmovie.com, the Saving Private Ryan director is being courted by Marvel’s Kevin Feige to direct one of Marvel’s films. According to comments by Marvel, they’re opting to select directors with a unique vision, ideal for Steven Spielberg.

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Even though nothing is confirmed, the Fantastic Four reboot is looking for a new director after it lost director, Jon Watts. This is similar to how Sam Raimi was swooped up for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, so if the rumors are to go by, we could see Steven Spielberg direct the next Marvel film.

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John Krasinski is likely to permanently replace Miles Teller in the new reboot.

Fans suspect Marvel is repeatedly taking the independent director route in an attempt to mimic DC’s strategy of letting directors just do their thing. James Gunn made the well-received The Suicide Squad and its spin-off show Peacemaker, for DC.

Steven Spielberg and Marvel Collaboration

The director has refrained from directing comic book films in the past and has a nuanced take on the why some comic-book. At the Cannes Film Festival, Steven Spielberg commented:

“I love the Superman of Richard Donner, The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan, and the first Iron Man, but [the] superhero film that impressed me most is one that does not take itself too seriously: Guardians of the Galaxy.”

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Steven Spielberg is rumored to be in talks to direct the next Marvel film

Furthermore, the director described the Superhero genre as a passing fad rather than a mainstay of the industry, he stated in an interview with the Associated Press:

“We were around when the Western died and there will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western…. I’m only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture.”

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In his first screenplay credit since A.I. Artificial Intelligence in 2001, Steven Spielberg is set to release a film based on his own childhood. This semi-autobiographical film is set in post-war Arizona starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, and Paul Dano.