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Not only is Marvel Studios’ upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four one of the MCU’s most anticipated films, but it’s also one of its most mysterious.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the MCU version of Marvel’s first family since the studio acquired the film rights back in 2019.
Since then, the film has gained a director, lost him to Lucasfilm’s Skeleton Crew, and gained another, all while revealing (and promptly dispatching) a Multiversal version of Mr. Fantastic, played by fan-favorite cast John Krasinski, in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Following Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, audiences have learned more about this future film; and now, Marvel is finally revealing the reboot’s writers.
As reported by Deadline, Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer are on board to write the MCU reboot of Fantastic Four.
Kaplan and Springer recently penned the Warner Bros.’ comedy Disaster Wedding, which is currently in development and helmed by Palm Springs director, Max Barbakow.
Reportedly, the writing team has been working on the reboot of Marvel’s first family, as well as mapping out the MCU’s future path, before director Matt Shakman signed on to the anticipated project.
While Marvel Studios has yet to announce the cast for Fantastic Four, the film is set to release on November 8, 2024, launching Phase 6 of the MCU.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has also confirmed that the reboot will not be an origin story.
The fact that Kaplan and Springer have been working on Fantastic Four, as well as the future of the MCU alongside Kevin Feige, is huge news.
And, for those concerned about the MCU’s lack of connectivity and plan for moving foward, it should be a relief.
Not only is the Fantastic Four an important project for the Marvel Studios brand, especially since Fox’s previous two attempts failed, but the film is set to launch the phase of the MCU containing Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Since Feige had the writing duo map out this film and what follows ahead of signing on Shakman, Fantastic Four won’t just a single director’s creative vision. Instead, fans should expect a huge piece of the MCU’s future game plan.
This might also be one of the reasons why Kaplan and Springer won’t be writing an origin story for the reboot.
As to why Feige and Marvel Studios chose this particular up-and-coming team to pen Fantastic Four and potentially beyond remains to be seen. But hopefully, those reasons will be evident come 2024.
Fantastic Four is set to release on November 8, 2024.