After losing his director in 2021, Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie is quickly gaining momentum in 2022. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Reed Richards (aka Mister Fantastic) has been officially introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and recent reports indicate that the studio is actively looking for a big-name director to take on the project.
Now, a new leak reveals a few more exciting details about the MCU’s plans for Marvel’s first family and how this version of the Fantastic Four could fit into the company’s larger continuity.
Fantastic Four Leaks reveal a name and location
The Ronin reports that Disney has formed a new Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) called 4vibes Productions that will focus on the production of Fantastic Four. This is fairly standard in the industry, but the name here seems like a strong indication that F4 is taking this crucial next step. The report also notes that the film will be shot primarily in the UK, at either Pinewood UK Studios or Longcross Studios.
That might not sound like a big deal, but it might be more important than you think. For one thing, the fact that Disney formed this LLC suggests that despite the early hiccups of losing director Jon Watts, Fantastic Four proceeds without real delays. There’s no official release date yet, but assuming filming starts this year, we should be looking at the film by summer 2024.
But the bigger deal here might be where Fantastic Four is filmed. It’s not uncommon for Marvel to shoot in the UK, but it puts the film in interesting company. Above all, Doctor Strange im Multiverse of Madness was also filmed in the UK. Considering the film starred John Krasinski as a multiversal variant of Reed Richards, could that mean Krasinski will return to play the character in the main MCU continuity? It’s definitely possible.
Fantastic Four and Kang the Conqueror
Even more interesting is what comes next. Ant-Man: Quantumania Also filmed in the UK and premiered in early 2023. The film is set to star Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, a time-travelling new Marvel villain who many believe will play a major role in the MCU, much like Thanos. Could it be that Kang will also play a role Fantastic Four?
In the comics, Kang is often associated with this superhero team – and he may or may not actually be a distant descendant of Reed Richards. So again, it’s definitely possible.
As Marvel’s Fantastic Four With plans taking shape, there’s no telling how the film will fit into the MCU’s larger ambitions, but it’s already shaping up to be one of the most important films of the post-endgame Epoch.