Director Matt Shakman himself discloses that filming for MCU’s Fantastic Four will start to film early next year. As Marvel Studios announced that the feature will arrive in theatres on February 14, 2025, it’s just a bit over two years before it finally happens.
Fans of Marvel’s First Family have long awaited their arrival into the MCU. Last year, we got a glimpse of Mr. Fantastic and the highly satisfying sight of John Krasinski as Reed Richards. Although things didn’t end well for the guy from another universe, it is still an incredible fan-casting moment fulfilled for many.
Fantastic Four Fully Stretches To Start Next Year
After Doctor Strange, fans expected the production to swiftly move along and start its development and then filming. In an interview featured in Collider, Shakman not only addressed the casting rumours going around but, more importantly, gave an update as to when production will actually start.
As soon as Kevin Feige introduced F4 in the MCU slate a long, long while ago, fans eagerly anticipated what was to come. Many took liberties in imagining the storyline and wondering about who the actors would portray the roles. Thankfully, before things get too crowded on the list, Shakman shared:
All the casting stuff you see is just rumors. We are early in our process there. We have nothing to announce right now, and certainly, when we do we’ll let you know.
Do I look at this as ‘no news is good news’? Yes, I do. On the upside, this shows that the production is not in a hurry to get things done. Taking time on the steps to get there, deliberate steps would mean that they are preparing for something everyone would be happy to see in the end.
Besides, Shakman is preoccupied with other projects, such as The Consultant and another series featuring Godzilla and the Titans. Also, the director seems to be clearing up his schedule to focus on Fantastic Four afterwards. When he was asked if there are other projects down the line, he answered:
I don’t think so. You know, I’m still finishing up the Godzilla project you were mentioning. We’re in post on that, and have a few more months on that. Fantastic Four is pretty much my life until Valentine’s Day of 2025.
The Godzilla project entering the post-production phase will mean it could be ready by the end of the year at the earliest. After which, that would be the time he would focus on Fantastic Four. But this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have a storyline building up in his mind already.
The Fantastic Four Director Has No News And No Cast …Yet
While he isn’t stating further details on the project, there is a high chance that the story is deep in the works by now.
The many movies featuring the Fantastic Four in the past have given people ideas on what could work for the team’s entry into the MCU. Definitely, the main source material would still be the comics. It’s just really a great time to be a comic book fan for Fantastic Four these days.
Knowing that in a year or so, people will get to really see them come home to Marvel at last. Something that was just pretty much wishful thinking before the great merger happened. Now, it isn’t a wish anymore. It’s really going to happen. Just hoping that they will do fantastically in delivering the newest live-action Fantastic Four.
At the rate things are going for the award-winning director, shooting for Marvel’s First Family could very well begin near the end of 2023 or early 2024. Some say it may be cutting the schedule close to the premiere date. But then again, things can change up as anything can still happen.
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