It’s being reported that the upcoming Fantastic Four movie is going to see the iconic Marvel superhero team be originally from the 1960s. Now, I must say that as it stands, this is just a rumour. However, we have been doing some digging of our own, and we’re hearing that the most recent iteration of the script did include this particular plot point.
So, according to the rumour, which we first saw over on CosmicBook.news, the movie was going to be set in the 1960s, or at least part of it would be. They were actually reporting on something that had been stated by the insider, Daniel Richtman.
According to Richtman, Marvel Studios’ upcoming Fantastic Four movie will be set in the past 60s. Richtman then continued:
They will be a team out of time. Neither Kang nor Doom is the villain. Kang will be in the movie but he’s there to connect the group to the two Avengers movies. It’s not strictly an origin story but we’ll see.
The Fantastic Four team might be from the 1960s in the MCU
Full disclosure, this report was from November 2022, and it seems as though the plan has changed somewhat since then. It seems as though the brunt of the movie will no longer be set in the 1960s. However, the Fantastic Four team will still be from that era.
But how does that work? Well, we’re now hearing that the latest version of the script actually had the Fantastic Four be from the 1960s, and then they go and explore the Multiverse for decades and end up coming back to Earth 616, and that would explain their long absence in the MCU.
However, it does have to be said that if this rumour is indeed true, then it would make the Fantastic Four rather old, and we’ve been hearing that Marvel was looking to cast younger actors in the roles.
So, what could all this mean? Perhaps people age differently in the Multiverse, or perhaps there’s a bit of time travelling involved, and with the whole TVA storyline that’s going on in the MCU right now, that theory tracks. We also saw time travelling elements in Avengers: Endgame’s plot, which was really quite fun.
Will time travel be involved?
I have a feeling that there might be a sort of ‘fish out of water’ storyline with the Fantastic Four team in this movie. That could be quite an exciting direction for them to take with these characters. And, as I stated above, it would explain why they haven’t been around in the previous Marvel movies and save us from yet another Fantastic Four origin story movie.
We do have to keep in mind the fact that the movie’s writer has recently changed. It was recently revealed that Marvel had hired Avatar: The Way Of Water scriptwriter Josh Friedman to rewrite Fantastic Four’s script.
The movie’s first script was written by Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer. It’s being reported that Friedman’s hire, “signals a potential change in tone”. Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer were the previous writers on the project, and Friedman’s hire signals a potential change in tone. Kaplan and Springer are pretty new scriptwriters, and they are mostly known for their comedic scripts.
Is the film still in ‘development Hell’…?
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The movie is being helmed by WandaVision director, Matt Shakman, who stepped into the role after the movie’s original director, Jon Watts, left the project due to “creative differences”.
The movie has been in a sort of “development Hell” for quite some time, and it does seem as though Marvel really wants to get this one right. They kind of have to. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I think that the Fantastic Four movie and its reception, both from critics and moviegoers, will be pivotal for the future of the MCU.
The Fantastic Four movie still has a release date of February 14th, 2025, and is set to kick off Phase 6 of its storytelling universe. It’ll be interesting to see if they are able to stick to that release date.
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