According to reports at The Direct and now confirmed in the trades, WandaVision producer and director Matt Shakman is the new favorite to helm the new Fantastic Four at Marvel Studios.
Rumors and speculation have seen several big names linked with the project. Steven Spielberg’s name was even in the mix, but that was likely to have just been internet generated over-excitement. Michael Matthews (Love and Monsters) and Reid Carolin (Dog) met with Marvel about Fantastic Four but according tot he industry press the discussions are looking good Shakman beginning in earnest.
Shakman would replace Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts who exited the project in the Spring, having decided he needed a break from superheroes, so removed himself. This came after his three Tom Holland-led Spider-Man movies for Marvel and Sony got good reviews and made excellent money. Spider-Man: No Way Home is the sixth-highest grossing movie of all time, on $1.89 billion in a pandemic.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said at the time:
“[We] understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.”
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is producing. In an interview in The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month, Feige has revealed it will not follow the previous adaptions approach. It’s not going to be an origin story.
“A lot of people know this origin story,” he said. “A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before? We’ve set a very high bar for ourselves with bringing that to the screen.”
The new Fantastic Four kicks-off to Marvel’s Phase 6 plans, with the movie locked for November 8th 2024.