Report: New Fantastic Four director not expected to be announced “anytime soon”; Marvel Studios considering “big names” for it

By Stephen Ippolito | June 2nd, 2022

Some interesting news regarding Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four director search broke in the early hours of the morning today. In a thread of Tweets, the very reliable Justin Kroll at Deadline said that the studio is not expected to announce a replacement for Jon Watts “anytime soon.” Kroll also said that the studio, specifically President Kevin Feige, is looking at “big names” for the position.

As you can see, Kroll says that he heard from a source that said he doesn’t think a decision will be made until after Labor Day (September 5). Funny enough, the Disney D23 Expo event in Anaheim begins a few days later, on September 9. Could it be a coincidence, or could the studio be targeting the Expo to make an announcement? Time will only tell.

The part about why Feige and company are considering an A-list name is also interesting. It seems that they want someone with a good track record and can trust to get a shoot done without having to keep a close eye on them. Their latest film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, is an example of that. Sam Raimi, best known for the original Spider-Man trilogy, also came in as a replacement and did a solid job. With his responsibilities expanding the last couple of years to include Disney+ shows, it makes sense why Feige would want someone he can trust more then ever.

Sadly, one thing that Kroll didn’t give any update on is the casting. Those who saw Multiverse of Madness know that a certain fan-favorite actor suited up as another universe’s Reed Richards (AKA Mister Fantastic). However, it’s unclear if that actor will return to play the MCU’s version of the Fantastic Four leader.

It’s obviously unknown when Fantastic Four will arrive in theaters. If I had to guess, it probably won’t be until summer 2024, maybe even 2025.

Who do you want to direct Fantastic Four?  

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