Well, that must have been one hell of a retreat that Marvel threw. Whatever was planned out there, Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts has decided to walk away from Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four.
Fantastic Four was his next project but, according to Deadline, he has decided he needs a break from superheroes so has decided to remove himself. This comes 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 says in a statement:
“[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.”
It could have been worse. It could have been “creative differences” and the type of situation that is currently costing Universal $1million a day on the currently director-less Fast X.
Watts will stay on the Clooney and Pitt-led Fixers for Apple Studios. Fantastic Four remains in the next phase of the MCU and it was rumored that some teases for the entry of Reed Richards and co would be included in the upcoming Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.