Expect 4 times the action and 4 times the fun in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie - Fantastic Four!
After Marvel announced in July 2019 that the First Family would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there has been a constant flow of rumors and speculations about them. As the need to learn more about the new Fantastic Four version has increased, fans have gotten more excited about the possibility of Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben joining forces with The Avengers or X-Men. Luckily, we don't have to go any longer without any news, for Kevin Feige recently confirmed that Fantastic Four is already in development as potentially a part of Marvel's Phase Four.
Fantastic Four first appeared in comic books in November 1961, telling the story of a team of four adventurers who took part in experimental space exploration. After being exposed to cosmic radiation, they gained powers that they used to save the world and the universe.
Dr. Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, can shapeshift by stretching, deforming, or compressing his body parts. Sue Storm, aka Invisible Woman, can turn, well, invisible. She eventually learns how to use force fields. Reed and Sue get married.
Table of Contents
- Fantastic Four Release Date: When Will the Movie Come Out?
- Fantastic Four Cast: Who are the Actors Included in the Movie?
- Fantastic Four Crew: Who are the Creatives Behind the Scenes?
- Fantastic Four Plot: What Will be the Movie's Story?
- Fantastic Four Trailer: Is There a Trailer for the Next MCU Movie?
- Where to Watch Fantastic Four : Where Can I Watch the Movie?
Sue's brother, Johnny Storm, also called the Human Torch, can engulf his entire body in flames, fly, control, and absorb fire nearby. The last member of the team was Benjamin Grimm, whose whole body turned into stone, giving him superhuman strength and endurance.
Now that we caught a glimpse of a possible Mr. Fantastic in Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, here is everything we know about the Fantastic Four to keep you going until the release.
Fantastic Four Release Date: When Will the Movie Come Out?
Rejoice! MCU's Fantastic Four will kick off Phase 6 upon its release on November 8, 2024. The movie's release date was announced during the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con.
The movie was first announced during the San Diego Comic-Con in 2019, but production may have been delayed because of Covid.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Marvel Cinematic Universe already has a set of movies that will be released in the next couple of years. The slate includes Thor: Love and Thunder (coming out on July 8, 2022) and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (coming out on November 11, 2022).
The other movies are Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, which will be released on February 17, 2023. Guardians of the Galaxy will come out on May 5, 2023, and The Marvels will premiere on July 28, 2023.
MCU Fantastic Four Starts Phase 6
Fans expected Fantastic Four to be a part of Phase 4 because it was initially announced during the 2020 Disney Investor Day, but it seems Marvel Studios has other plans.
Fantastic Four may set up the premise for the shows and films in Phase 6. Reed Richards, Sue Storm, John Storm, and Ben Grimm may have gotten their powers through an incursion, given the events in the current shows within the MCU.
Fantastic Four Cast: Who are the Actors Included in the Movie?
There have been no announcements about the cast of the new MCU Fantastic Four. We can expect more information about the movie by 2023, once production has started.
John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
Potential Spoiler Up Ahead
Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness gave a sneak peek of who could be Mr. Fantastic. We will be talking about the premise of the movie, but we will try to keep the spoilers at a minimum.
When Dr. Strange arrived at Earth-838, he was captured and presented to the Illuminati, a collective of superheroes who used to include Dr. Strange from that reality. The members of the Illuminati are Peggy Carter's Captain Carter (as played by Hayley Atwell), Mordo (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), and Maria Rambeau's Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch). It also included Black Bolt (Anson Mount) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart).
Perhaps the character who received the most applause when revealed was John Krasinski, who played Mr. Fantastic.
John Krasinski has always been a fan favorite to play the Smartest Man Alive. He has expressed that he would be game to play the character in a Fantastic Four movie, and fans have been holding on to this ever since. There have even been requests for his wife, actress Emily Blunt (famous for her movies Edge of Tomorrow and Mary Poppins), to play Sue Storm.
Is his cameo in Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness confirmation that John Krasinski will play Mr. Fantastic? If it was, the biggest issue they would have to address is his death when the Scarlet Witch turned him into elastic noodles. However, this would have been Earth-838's Mr. Fantastic, so does this mean there is a Mr. Fantastic in Earth-616? Spider-Man No Way Home showed us that different actors might play the same character because of three different Spider-Mans played by Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire. Does this mean we may see another actor play Mr. Fantastic?
Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail
By August 2022, we hear more casting rumors for Fantastic Four. Word on the street is that the studio recently approached Penn Badgley (You) about playing the Smartest Man Alive for the movie, but there have been no confirmations so far.
As for actresses who could play Sue Storm, there have been many names thrown around like Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Kirby, and Phillipa Soo, but the favorite so far is Elizabeth Lail, who already worked with Badgley in the series, You.
Fantastic Four Crew: Who are the Creatives Behind the Scenes?
Jon Watts was first brought into the project to direct the Fantastic Four after directing the Spider-Man MCU films, but we recently learned that he had to opt out. There have been rumors that John Krasinski will be directing Fantastic Four instead of playing the lead role, but this has not been confirmed either.
Fantastic Four Director Confirmed During the D23 Expo 2022
Many fants waited for updates and announcements about Fantastic Four during the annual D23 Expo event and they were not disappointed. During the Marvel panel, we learned that the final director for the film was Matt Shakman, after he opted out of directing a Star Trek movie.
Fantastic Four Writers
Deadline reported that Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer would be penning the newest Fantastic Four movie.
Fantastic Four Plot: What Will be the Movie's Story?
As of writing, the possible plot of the Fantastic Four movie has not been released yet. Though because this is the first Fantastic Four movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the chances are that it will be an origin story.
The movie may show us how Dr. Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Benjamin Grimm became the Fantastic Four.
The movie could also introduce us to the villains of the Fantastic Four franchise. The main antagonist for the Fantastics is Doctor Doom, who is considered one of the smartest supervillains in the entire Marvel Comic Book universe. The movie may also show us how he came to be and how the rivalry between him and the Fantastic Four started.
Fantastic Four Trailer: Is There a Trailer for the Next MCU Movie?
There is currently no trailer for the new Fantastic Four movie. While we wait for the official trailer, you can find the trailer for the last Fantastic Four iteration here:
Where to Watch Fantastic Four: Where Can I Watch the Movie?
MCU's Fantastic Four will be available first in theatres. After the movie has completed its theatrical window, it may start streaming on selected sites.
The Fantastic Four is a hallmark franchise that ushered in many of the best superheroes we know today. It was the first collaboration between comic book legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, which may explain why they are called the Fantastic Family. Peel your eyes for more news, or return to this page as we keep you updated on all things Fantastic.