A few years back, Marvel Studios officially announced their Fantastic Four film for the MCU. Many fans assume that Marvel’s first family will appear alongside Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man: Quantamania. As far as their standalone film, we have no cast or director. Well, now according to a rumor from The Direct, WandaVision director Matt Shakman will direct the film. Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts was initially tapped to direct the movie but has decided to step away from directing in the MCU following the competition of his Spidey trilogy.
There’s been a few names tossed around for Fantastic Four director including Ant-Man director Peyton Reed and John Krasinki who appeared in Dr. Strange: Multiverse of Madness as Reed Richards. Krasinki has been the fan favorite to be the director of Fantastic Four and play Reed Richards. It wouldn’t have been his first time doing both as he both starred in and directed A Quiet Place. It would appear that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Fiege is looking to keep it in-house if Shakman is indeed the director.
Shakman being the director means he’s familiar with the Studio and what they want. WandaVision was one of the most watched Disney+ Marvel original shows and tied directly into Multiverse of Madness. He understands what the studio wants and how they operate. This wouldn’t be a bad hire at all. Most of his work in directing deals with television, so this is a big leap. This is also a different ball game. Handling some of the most legendary characters in Marvel’s history. They’ve had two failed attempts critically from 20th Century Studios when it was owned by Fox. The films starred Jessica Alba and Chris Evans, and then there was the film with Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller. Both sets were ultimately terribly received by the public.
Up next, Shakman has the Godzillaspinoff series he is working on for Apple TV+ and a Star Trek prequel in pre-production. He’s a highly sought-after talent, and Marvel seems to want to keep him around. While this is still a rumor at this time, t isn’t far-fetched if he is indeed the director because Disney seems to like directors they’ve worked with previously for big projects. We may find out on Disney+ Day which is coming September 8th since the hire was supposed to be made after Labor Day originally.
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