At the 2020 Disney Investor Meeting, Kevin Feige officially announced a Fantastic Four film being directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home Jon Watts.
Sadly, that’s all Feige revealed about the project on Thursday. We have no idea who’s writing the film, who will star in it, or even what the target release date is at this point. What we do know, at long last, is that Marvel Studios is making a major effort to rope the Fantastic Four into its storytelling, and they’re bringing a trusted directorial voice along for the ride.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961, the Fantastic Four were not just Marvel’s first superhero team, but the very birth of the Marvel Universe itself. The adventures of Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing were the launching pad for a whole host of key Marvel concepts, including everything from the Skrulls to Doctor Doom to Black Panther and the Inhumans.
The most recent big-screen incarnation of the characters came in writer/director Josh Trank’s poorly-received 2015 version at Fox, and the news that Disney would be buying Fox assets — including rights to Marvel characters — was met with a sense of both anticipation and cautious relief among fans who were hoping the Fantastic Four would finally get the Marvel Studios treatment. Alas, we may have to wait a bit longer to see them onscreen — but at least we now know that Feige and company have made them a priority.