We’ve long wondered what the future has in store for the Fantastic Four project. Many were shocked when Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts stepped down from leading the charge on the project. There was some belief that it meant they may have found someone else to take over the project, but it looks like that might not be the case. In a little exclusive dropped late at night, Deadline’s Justin Kroll has offered a curious update on the film’s progress.
It looks like Fantastic Four is a top priority for Marvel Studios, but we shouldn’t expect an announcement anytime soon. They are currently going through a long list of potential candidates with a source hinting that they might take at least until labor day to find someone. Marvel is actively going after a mix of candidates as Kevin Feige and his team is also trying their chances with some big names. Kroll shared that:
There’s a lot riding on a successful adaptation of the Fantastic Four, as previous iterations haven’t been quite what comic fans nor movie-goers hoped for. The first version released in 2005 offered a comedic approach and even gained a sequel with Rise of the Silver Surfer, 2015’s Fantastic Four, also jokingly called Fan4stic, left a sour taste with viewers.
The fact that Feige is also looking to replicate what happened with Sam Raimi’s work on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness highlights that they further are focusing on giving their creative teams more freedom. This development has been seen since Feige moved away from Ike Perlmutter‘s influence and it highlights the lessons they’ve learned along the way. So, here’s hoping they can find someone to perfectly bring the Fantastic Four back to the silver screen.