A significant update has come out of San Diego Comic-Con on the long-gestating Fantastic Four reboot. It has been known that a new Fantastic Four movie was heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a reimagining of the group joining their fellow Marvel superheroes. At SDCC, the new film was officially given a release date of Nov. 8, 2024. No casting or plot information was divulged about the project, but now we know when it’s coming along with its specific place in the MCU’s Phase Five.
It had previously been expected that the new Fantastic Four would close out Phase Five of the MCU. Marvel’s plans for the MCU’s next phases were explained at SDCC which now shows how Fantastic Four has been set to kick off Phase Six instead. The Phase Five movies that are now on the board are Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Marvels, Blade, Captain America: New World Order, and Thunderbolts. Disney+ shows will also be a part of Phase Five including Secret Invasion, Echo, Loki season 2, Ironheart, Agatha: Coven of Chaos, and Daredevil: Born Again.
Fantastic Four Brings the Famous Foursome Into the MCU
The introduction of the Fantastic Four into the MCU was recently teased in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In the hit film, John Krasinski made a special appearance as Reed Richards after years of fans calling for his casting in that role. It was a fun surprise for fans and an interesting way of involving the group in the MCU years before the new Fantastic Four movie will hit theaters.
With that said, there’s certainly no guarantee that Krasinski will also be playing Reed Richards in the upcoming movie. The actor was playing a variant in Doctor Strange 2, so while he could theoretically come back as the MCU’s Mister Fantastic in Fantastic Four, Marvel could just as well cast someone different to play the character. In any case, no casting information has yet been announced for the movie that is in development. He will likely remain a popular choice for the part with fans, as will his wife Emily Blunt who many want to see play Sue Storm.
This will be the fourth Fantastic Four movie to hit theaters. One version was released in 2005 followed by the 2007 sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. A reboot unconnected to the MCU was also released in 2015, though the film infamously bombed. Even so, many fans can’t wait to see this new version finally hit theaters, though the wait till unfortunately be a little while.
Fantastic Four will be released in theaters on Nov. 8, 2024.