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Kevin Feige Shares Plans for Marvel's "Fantastic Four"

Sun 31 Jul 2022 | 10:51 AM
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Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige shared insight into the studio's approach to the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.

In an interview with THR, Feige disclosed that Marvel wouldn't be going with the superhero team's origin story.

"A lot of people know this origin. 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," he stated.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1198"]Lee and Kirby's Fantastic Four (1961) Lee and Kirby's Fantastic Four (1961)[/caption]

The Fantastic Four was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961 and is often referred to as "Marvel's First Family".

The team comprises Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic, Sue Storm aka Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm aka Human Torch, and Ben Grimm aka The Thing.

They gained superpowers alongside their archenemy Doctor Victor Von Doom aka Doctor Doom, after being exposed to cosmic rays during an experimental space flight.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Fantastic Four (2005)  Fantastic Four (2005)[/caption]

The team's origin story was depicted on the big screen in the mid-2000s. The 20th Century Fox created two movies 2005's "Fantastic Four" and its 2007's sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer".

The movies were directed by Tim Story and starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] "Fantastic Four" (2015)[/caption]

In 2015, Fox rebooted the "Fantastic Four", with a cast that included Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell. However, the Josh Trank-directed movie was panned by critics and audiences.

When Disney acquired Fox's entertainment assets in 2019, it paved the direction for the superhero team to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Marvel first teased its version of Fantastic Four in 2019 at San Diego Comic-Con. That same year, it was revealed that Jon Watts had been tapped to direct the movie. However, Watts exited the project earlier this year.

The studio has not announced a replacement for Watts or made any casting announcements.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="2441"]John Krasinski as Reed Richards John Krasinski as Reed Richards[/caption]

John Krasinski was recently seen playing a version of Reed Richards in "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness". There wasn't, however, an announcement of Krasinski reprising the role in Marvel's upcoming Fantastic Four movie.

"Fantastic Four" is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 8, 2024. The movie will mark the start of Phase 6 of the MCU.