Last December, during Disney Investor Day, Kevin Feige unveiled the reboot of Fantastic 4 produced by Marvel Studios, literally sending fans into a frenzy.
In the past few hours, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has unveiled its future plans and obviously stands out among these the highly anticipated new Mr. Fantastic movie, Invisible Woman, the Thing and the Human Torch, which although still lacking a release date should presumably close Phase 4 of the MCU. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, former director of the acclaimed films of Spider-Man con Tom Holland, but what can he add to the franchise after the success of the Avengers?
Considering the wait for the return to the big screen of these characters, not exactly exalted in the cinema with the previous films, it is reasonable to expect a show equal to, if not superior, to the films of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and companions: after all, the Fantastic 4 are among the most loved superheroes ever by fans of Marvel comics, and to say that the film looks ambitious would be an understatement. And the timing of their release seems to want to mount the wait: considering a release window for the ‘end of 2023’, fans will have to overcome ten films before making it to the Fantastic 4 (eleven if Captain America 4 with Anthony Mackie will be made instantly to ride in the wake of Falcon & The Winter Soldier). Phase 4 would therefore become the largest film series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with twelve films included Captain America 4 e Fantastic 4.
But aside from these speculations, the myth of the Fantastic Four lends itself to enormous films to say the least: not even the Avengers probably can enjoy a gallery of characters and villains as large as that of the First Family of Marvel, with opponents of the caliber of Doctor Doom, Galactus, Kang and Annihilus considered among the strongest (and most popular) of the publishing house. Not to mention the importance that the Fantastic Four themselves have played in the history of Marvel, comparable (if not superior) to that of the Avengers: in short, so far the Avengers franchise had no equal for Marvel Studios, but the Fantastic Four have all the credentials to offer the public a great alternative.
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