Marvel Studios has now found its writers to deliver the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
Matt Shakman will direct from a screenplay by Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer.
They have been involved with the project for some time, even before Shakman was tapped as director. The pair have been outlining where the next series of movies will fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige.
Feige previously disclosed that the reboot 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.