It’s always been kind of bizarre, and a little wrong, to watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe without the Fantastic Four. But out of nowhere, new rumors may have revealed plans for a Fantastic Four film due in 2022 that will hopefully correct what’s been a ten-year aberration in Marvel fandom.
Earlier this year, Disney acquired key assets from 21st Century Fox, enabling Marvel Studios to use the Fantastic Four and X-Men. There’s been a lot of chatter about when those two groups might appear, and a new rumor indicates the Fantastic Four might appear quite soon.
According to GWW, Marvel Studios is eyeing a 2022 release date for the Fantastic Four’s debut. Ant-Man and The Wasp director Peyton Reed is reportedly pushing to direct with a pitch set in the 1960s and involving both the Quantum Realm and, potentially, Black Knight.
While the Fantastic Four are one of the pillars of Marvel Comics, their success has yet to transfer beyond the publishing division partly due to the film rights held by 20th Century Fox. But with the popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the new acquisition by Disney, it’s safe to say that producer Kevin Feige is eager to introduce the Invisible Woman, Mister Fantastic, the Thing, and the Human Torch to a wider audience.
The report from the GWW mentions that Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed is pitching his own concept for the characters, which we’ve known for a while now because Reed has never been shy about his love for the characters.
Nothing about this news is surprising, but the three-year timeline is the only major revelation in this new development. It’s basically a shot in the dark, all things considered.