Kevin Feige Reveals Fantastic Four Won’t Be an Origin Story

Marvel Studios showed off an exciting future at Comic-Con San Diego, revealing a number of new projects headed to both Disney+ and theaters through 2025. One movie fans already knew about Comic-Con was The Fantastic Four, but Kevin Feige had some new information to share about the highly anticipated MCU entry. Feige announced The Fantastic Four will serve as the starting point for Phase 6 and is set to premiere on November 8, 2024. The Marvel boss also told The Hollywood Reporter how the studio hopes to bring Marvel’s First Family into the MCU in a unique way:

“A lot of people know that origin story. A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something they’ve never seen before? We’ve set a really high bar for ourselves by carrying this on the screen. .”

Feige isn’t wrong to say that audiences are already very familiar with the Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios’ 2024 film will, ironically, be the fourth big-screen iteration of Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm. Tim Story made a pair of The Fantastic Four films in the mid-2000s, with the main characters being played by Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans. Although there is a certain nostalgia for the films, they were made in a pre-Iron Man world, so their quality was a far cry from the current times and age of comic book movies.


20th Century Fox tried to reboot the franchise in 2015 once the MCU had taken off, but Josh Trank’s version of the Fantastic Four was heavily criticized by critics and audiences alike. Feige and company will have their place on the super team over the next couple of years, and it looks like Marvel understands what that would mean for fans if a high quality The Fantastic Four the film is added to the MCU pantheon.

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How will the Fantastic Four be introduced in the MCU?

Feige’s Comments on the MCU The Fantastic Four not being an origin story opens up a number of different possibilities for how the movie might come together. Introducing Reed, Sue, or Johnny in projects prior to the 2024 movie could save Marvel from spending a significant amount of the runtime delving into each character’s backstory. There have also been fan theories that the MCU’s Fantastic Four will actually come from a different universe, ending up on Earth-616 through multiversal shenanigans. If Marvel goes this route, the studio could avoid the original film’s cliche of having heroes get their powers and learn how to deal with them. The Fantastic Four could also look like Spider-Man: Homecoming in that it’s hinted at how the team got their powers, but it’s not actually shown during the film. There are plenty of ways The Fantastic Four can differentiate itself from other franchise startup films that have been produced within the MCU.

The Fantastic Four slated to hit theaters in just over two years, so there’s plenty of time for Feige and the rest of the MCU mastermind to figure out the story behind the Phase 6 launch. Obviously, having a director attached will go a long way to shape the movie, and Marvel is still looking for the right person to replace Jon Watts in the director’s chair. After not receiving any substantial updates at Comic-Con, D23 in September could be where the director and the Fantastic Four themselves are revealed to the world.

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