In December 2020 Marvel Studios announced that Jon Watts would be in charge of directing the new Fantastic Four movie – 29%; at that time the filmmaker had directed Spider-Man: Homecoming – 92% and Spider-Man: Far From Home – 82%, and both were huge box office hits well received by critics. In December 2021 Watts released his third installment of Spider-Man, Spider-Man: No Way Home – 92%, and became one of the highest-grossing films in history. However, today it has been revealed that he will no longer be in charge of the reboot of The Fantastic Four.
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After the successful Spider-Man trilogy, why didn’t you want to direct a new Marvel Studios movie? According to information from Variety, Watts wanted to get away from superhero movies, perhaps temporarily, and perhaps plans to return to independent film; in the beginning he was responsible for El Payaso del Mal- 44%, a horror film with touches of comedy, and Cop Car – 79%, a thriller/road movie starring Kevin Bacon.
In the past, Marvel Studios has lost its directors, but it was almost always due to creative differences, as happened with Patty Jenkins in Thor: The Dark World – 66%, or Scott Derrickson in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Now it seems that it was a well thought-out decision, from a director who has spent several years dedicating himself fully to a superhero. Kevin FeigChief Creative Officer of Marvel, stated in a statement (via Variety):
Collaborating with Jon on the ‘Spider-Man’ movies has been a real pleasure. We were eager to continue our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU, but we understand and support his reasons for walking away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.
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The Fantastic Four is one of the most famous superhero teams of all time, and in the past, when the rights were in the hands of 20th Century Fox, we had two adaptations, both failed, although the second one was the worst received by critics. and the fans. The first, Fantastic Four (2005) – 27% and Fantastic Four and the Silver Slider – 37%, they didn’t stand out in the slightest, but they weren’t as controversial as Fantastic Four either – 9%, by Josh Trank, whose production was involved in numerous controversies.
Marvel Studios may soon find a new filmmaker to take Watts’s place, as happened with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessa film for which they found Sam Raimi, an experienced director with a Spider-Man trilogy in tow.
Aside from the official logo that has been released by Marvel Studios, there is no further information about the Fantastic Four, and despite the fact that fans have many perfect actors for the main roles, there is no news about it. In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness It is known that the Illuminati, a group of superheroes that among its members counts Mr Fantastico, will appear, but that is in the comics, there is no guarantee that we will see the character in the movie.
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