Marvel Studios' Fantastic Four movie is officially confirmed by Kevin Feige with Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts to helm. For many years, the film rights for Marvel's First Family belonged to 20th Century Fox, with the studio launching two separate live-action film franchises based on the Marvel Comics characters. The Fantastic Four rights were regained by Marvel Studios last year with the finalization of the deal for Disney to acquire Fox's movie and TV assets. However, since Marvel Studios wasn't able to begin developing a film until the deal was officially closed, there's been little movement on an MCU movie.
While Fox still held the rights, 2005's Fantastic Four introduced audiences to a somewhat goofy take on the titular team. It was enough of a hit for the cast to return in 2007 for the sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. When that series stalled out, Fox tried again in 2015 with Josh Trank's infamous Fantastic Four, which was a critical and financial flop. At San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Feige teased the development of an MCU Fantastic Four movie, and now the project has been confirmed.
As announced by Feige during the Disney Investor Day 2020, Marvel Studios' Fantastic Four is moving forward, with Watts set to direct. Watts has worked closely with Marvel Studios over the last few years, directing the MCU movies Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. He's also set to direct Marvel and Sony's untitled Spider-Man 3, which is currently filming. Additionally, Marvel unveiled a logo for their Fantastic Four; check it out below.
Jon Watts will direct the new feature film for Marvel's First Family, Fantastic Four! pic.twitter.com/Eu26ghxbGT— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Since no plot or casting details were revealed, nor was a screenwriter announced, it's unclear how exactly Watts' Fantastic Four movie will shape up. However, based on Marvel Studios' track record, it's unlikely this new Fantastic Four movie will be as goofy as the 2005/2007 movies, nor will it be as dark and gritty as Trank's 2015 film. It may fall somewhere in the middle, but probably veer closer to a light-hearted, family-friendly film. Watts' work on the Spider-Man movies have helped to relaunch another Marvel franchise that had previously been the subject of two concluded film series, so he seems uniquely qualified to tackle Fantastic Four, and his directing sensibilities have made for some of the most beloved Spider-Man movies of all-time.
Still, it remains to be seen when this Fantastic Four movie will release. Marvel Studios has a whole lineup of films slated for the next few years, and with no MCU movies releasing in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be even longer until Watts' project makes it to the big screen. Of course, Watts is currently working on Spider-Man 3, and likely won't start on Fantastic Four until his web-slinger movie is complete. As such, it may be quite some time until further updates on Marvel's Fantastic Four movie arrive. At least now the movie is confirmed and has a director. Next, Marvel needs to find a screenwriter, and Fantastic Four can continue into the next stage of development.
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