WandaVision director Matt Shakman in talks for Fantastic Four


Marvel Studios is looking to reunite with WandaVision director Matt Shakman for its upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, which is one of the most anticipated entries in the recently announced Phases Five and Six.

The filmmaker will be well known to fans for his work on Marvel’s first Disney Plus series, which pays homage to classic sitcoms in a bizarre story about Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and her android beau Vision (Paul Bettany).

The show was a huge hit and garnered numerous Emmy nominations, including one for Shakman himself in the Directing a Limited Series category. So it’s no surprise that Marvel is eager to join forces again.

It will also fuel rumors that the Fantastic Four reboot is a period piece – some have speculated it could be set in the 1960s – given Shakman’s experience telling stories in the style. of this time.

Fantastic Four will be a sort of origin for Marvel’s First Family, consisting of Reed Richards (Mr Fantastic), Sue Storm (The Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Thing).

The characters have yet to be officially introduced to the MCU as their movie rights belonged to 20th Century Fox prior to the Fox/Disney merger, which saw Fantastic Four, X-Men, and related characters return under the Marvel umbrella.

Since then, actor John Krasinski has made a guest appearance as an alternate universe version of Reed Richards (in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness), but it’s not yet clear if he will continue in the role in the future. ‘coming.

John Krasinski as Mr. Fantastic Disney/Marvel Studios

Shakman isn’t locked down yet, either, but the talks are progressing to such an extent that he’s been forced to drop out of the upcoming Star Trek 4, which hasn’t yet started filming, due to a dispute over filming. schedule (via The Hollywood Reporter).

“Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we regret that the time has not come for him to direct our next Star Trek film,” Paramount Pictures said in a statement.

“We are grateful for his many contributions, excited about the creative vision for this next chapter, and look forward to bringing it to audiences around the world.”

Confirmation of Shakman’s involvement in Fantastic Four could come on Disney Plus Day, when the studio is expected to have treats and surprises in store for fans.

Fantastic Four is set for release on Friday, November 8, 2024. Check out more of our cinematic coverage or visit our TV guide to see what’s on tonight.

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