Fantastic Four is set to make its big debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe during Phase 6, which was partially revealed during San Diego Comic-Con. However, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that the anticipated MCU film won’t be another origins story, following in the footsteps of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Feige confirmed that the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot won’t be yet another origins story as that has been told twice in prior adaptations. Instead, the film will likely take a few notes from Spider-Man: Homecoming, which started off with Peter Parker already having acquired his abilities, skipping his entire origins in the process – an origins story many fans are already quite familiar with.
Feige commented on the decision to gloss over Fantastic Four‘s origins, stating:
“A lot of people know this origin story. A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before? We’ve set a very high bar for ourselves with bringing that to the screen.”
In a way, Feige is right. The origins story of the Fantastic Four has been told twice before, first in the 2005 film and again in the 2015 reboot (both of which were critical flops and in the case of the latter, a box office flop too).
Jon Watts, who directed the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy, was originally set to direct Fantastic Four but dropped out. Additionally, John Krasinski, who appeared in a cameo role as Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is unlikely to reprise his role for the upcoming reboot. According to that film’s director, Sam Raimi, Krasinski was only added as fan-service and wasn’t an indication or confirmation of his role in the MCU at large.
The Fantastic Four reboot will release on 28 November 2024.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter