According to Kevin Feige, Marvel's next Fantastic Four movie won't be another origin story.
Warning: Doctor Strange 2 spoilers!
As for the X-Men, the arrival of the Fantastic 4 in the MCU has been expected since the takeover of Fox by Disney. The Fantastic Four movie was made official in December 2020 with Jon Watts directing, but since then the director of the new Spider-Man trilogy has pulled out of the project which has still not found a taker. No screenwriter has been announced and no cast members either.
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Alone Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness paved the way with the appearance of John Krasinski's Red Richards aka Mr. Fantasticwho is however not guaranteed to reprise the role to play an alternate version of the character. While we thought the event would be an opportunity to learn more about the film, the recent San Diego Comic-Con didn't make any concrete announcements about it, with the panel simply stating that it will open Phase 6. of the extended universe and will therefore be part of the conclusion of the Multiverse saga.
But more recently, Marvel boss Kevin Feige gave an interview to The Hollywood Reporter in which he dropped a first detail on the script by revealing that the film will not be yet another origin story like the previous adaptations: “< strong>A lot of people know this origin story. A lot of people have the basics. How could we take it all back and bring something to it that hasn't been seen before? We set the bar very high by bringing this to the screen.”
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The Fantastic 4 being popular heroes who have largely infused popular culture since their creation in 1961 (to the point of having an equivalent at Pixar with The Incredibles), Marvel will therefore opt for the same approach as with Spider-Man: Homecoming which overlooked the events that led to Peter Parker becoming Spider-Man. More recently, Warner and DC have also chosen to skip the well-known origin story of Bruce Wayne in The Batman to focus on the early years of vigilante activity in Gotham.
Marvel's film should therefore do without the famous space mission that exposed the group of scientists to a massive dose of cosmic rays and put them straight into costume to fight the bad guys and save the world (or worlds). For now, Fantastic Four is scheduled to be released in French theaters on November 6, 2024, just six months before Avengers: The Kang Dynastydirected by Destin Daniel Cretton.