After years of speculation and fan expectation, Marvel Studios is finally making progress on a Fantastic Four movie. First, the studio confirmed that Matt Shakman, whose body of work includes The Boys, Game of Thrones, Succession, and WandaVision, will direct at the recent D23 Expo. Now, Deadline has reported that the studio has also hired Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer to write the script.
Deadline claimed that the writers have been involved with the movie for a while. Apparently, they had been working with Marvel Studios President and producer Kevin Feige to fit the Fantastic Four franchise into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If Deadline’s sources are to be believed, their involvement predates Shakman’s appointment by several months.
The four of them – Kevin Feige, Matt Shakman, Jeff Kaplan, and Ian Springer – will now meet and align their visions for the project. While Kaplan and Springer have both been involved in many projects before this assignment, including The Last of the Romantics and the upcoming Disaster Wedding, Fantastic Four will be their biggest to date.
Feige confirmed that Fantastic Four will launch Phase 6 of the MCU when it is released in 2024, with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars coming six months and one year later respectively. This marks it as an important part of the universe.
At the moment, Marvel has not announced any cast members for the film. However, fans of the series have made some recommendations of the actors they believe will fit be perfect for the roles. One such name is Penn Badgley, as fans have recommended him for the role of Reed Richards, the leader of the Fantastic Four. Other names being touted are Jodie Corner of Killing Eve as Sue Storm, Cillian Murphy from Peaky Blinders as Dr. Doom, and Bryce Dallas Howard from Jurassic World as Invisible Woman.
Marvel has shown it is willing to listen to fans when it comes to casting with John Krasinski’s role in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as the prime example. It is quite possible that fans will get their wishes and Marvel will cast their recommendations. Nevertheless, fans can rest assured the team will put together a team of talented actors that fit their roles very well, even if they don’t get their first choices.
While there is a dearth of information on the movie at the moment, there is a lot of time between now and the movie’s 2024 release date. If all goes to plan, the Fantastic Four will arrive in theaters on November 8, 2024.