It has been a big week in crazy Marvel rumours. There is a lot to cover.
First up Kingsman filmmaker Matthew Vaughn has thrown his hat in the ring to direct Fantastic Four. He told ComicBook.com:
“I’ve always loved the idea of doing Fantastic Four as it was originally written… I actually think that Fantastic Four, as a nice piece of IP, is in theory as big as Spider-Man.”
No idea what happened to his Flash Gordon then?
On the subject of Spidey, an interesting rumour has come out, via Movieweb, that Disney is considering making a huge offer to Sony to bring Spider-Man properly back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What makes us raise an eyebrow is the amount mentioned. $5 billion. That’s more than Disney paid for all of Star Wars and more than they paid for all of Marvel Studios back in 2009.
Running a little counter to that, Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal is still apparently getting work. This is despite Sony collapsing around her ears and the Sony email hack showing levels of incompetence and general executive behaviour that would simply have not been tolerated in any other industry.
Now she has teased plans for the Sinister Six in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, telling ComicBook.com:
“These villains we now have in our universe happen to be characters that are in the Sinister Six. There may be something that happens with that.”
Away from Spider-Man, Black Widow has wrapped production. Some recent set photos show William Hurt’s General Ross making a brief appearance in the film, his fifth time on screen in a Marvel feature.
Potential future James Bond Richard Madden has gone double-denim as Ikaris for the Eternals as these set photos show.
Finally, Ryan Coogler confirms he has only just begun outlining the story of the Black Panther sequel and so it isn’t expected to shoot until early 2021.