Fantastic Four movie cast, release date and everything we know so far

Fantastic Four movie cast, release date and everything we know so far

Finally, the entire Fantastic Four will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Over the years, there has been some teasing and dripping of information about Marvel’s “First Family.” But with a release date finally on the ever-expanding Marvel movies release calendar and a director in the talks, a third incarnation of the property finally seems to be happening for real. Here’s everything we know about the Fantastic Four movie, which we’ll continue to update as more information is revealed.

When is the Fantastic Four movie coming out?

Announced from the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, the Fantastic Four movie will kick off Phase 6 of the MCU on November 8, 2024.

Who directs?

In 2020, Marvel studio head Kevin Feige announced Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s Jon Watts would direct the film. But in April 2022, Watts stepped down and took a break from superhero movies. From 26 August Wandavision and It’s always sunny in Philadelphia director Matt Shakman was in talks to direct the film. Sorry to everyone who thought Steven Spielberg might take the job.

Who was cast?

No one has been officially cast yet, but persistent rumors of the frontrunners for the roles continue to circulate. you and Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgleyfor example, keeps popping up in rumours. gambling sites have tabulated odds of which actors are most likely to be cast. Front-runners for Reed Richards include John David Washington and Dan Stevens, while Zac Efron and Anthony Ramos top the odds for Johnny Storm. For Sue Storm, Lily James and Samara Weaving seem like popular picks (although when John Krasinski was still a legitimate frontrunner, Emily Blunt was there too). Stephen Graham and Dean Norris are top picks for The Thing.

Image: Marvel Studios

What we do know is who is not will be in the movie. We can rule out anyone from previous Fantastic Four movies, especially Chris Evans and Michael B. Jordan, who both played Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch), and who both play different characters in the MCU. In addition, while The office‘s John Krasinski portrayed an alternate universe Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnesshe probably won’t reprise the role in the main MCU.

More information may be revealed at the D23 Expo on September 10.

What will the movie be about?

Feige has revealed that this reboot would not be an origin story.

Wait, hasn’t there been a Fantastic Four movie already?

There have been multiple Fantastic Four movies, but no official entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe yet. There was an unreleased 1994 version and a 2005 version starring Jessica Alba and Chris Evans (which also got a sequel in 2007). And in 2015, Fox tried to make another Fantastic Four movie. It did not go very well.

Fantastic Four poster with laser beam

Image: 20th Century Fox

So why did it take so long to make?

Well, for a long time Disney didn’t legally own some of the A-list Marvel characters, including X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four. The MCU wasn’t able to use Spider-Man until 2016, as the character is from Sony.

In 2017, Disney agreed to acquire 21st Century Fox, and then-Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four would eventually be integrated into the MCU. The acquisition was completed in March 2019, and at that year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel studio head Kevin Feige officially announced the Fantastic Four film.

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