Why Did Marvel Remove Two Fantastic Four Films From Disney Plus?


It’s been revealed that two Fantastic Four films (2005’s Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer) have been removed from Disney Plus in the United States. This means that the only Fantastic Four left on the streaming platform is Josh Tranks FANT4STIC.

That is easily one of the worst comic book movies ever made, but I won’t go into what happened with Josh Tranks Fantastic Four movie in this article. I wanted to discuss what Marvel removing the two previous Fantastic Four movies from Disney Plus means for the future of Marvel’s first family.

Well, it’s already been revealed that Marvel Studios is working on a new Fantastic Four film. This was revealed by Marvel’s President, Kevin Feige at last year’s Disney’s Investors Day event. Feige also revealed that the movie was going to be directed by Spider-Man director, Jon Watts.

It has been long speculated that Ant-Man’s Peyton Reed was going to get to direct the film – mainly because he’s said on multiple occasions that he would love to bring the Fantastic Four to the big screen. However, Watts got the Fantastic Four movie gig, and Reed got to make Ant-Man 3 (Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantomania).

Why did Marvel remove 2005 and 2007’s Fantastic Four movies from Disney Plus?

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So, what does Marvel getting rid of the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies mean? It means they don’t really want people watching those movies. They don’t want the brand to be diluted by the previous movies. This also means that Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four film shouldn’t be on the streaming platform for much longer. At least, that’s what I expect will happen.

All the previous Fantastic Four films were made by 20th Century Fox and if you are to look at the Marvel movies on Disney Plus, they’ve all been put under the heading ‘Marvel Legacy Movies’. I’ve always thought they could leave them up on there for people to enjoy at their own leisure.

However, it looks like Marvel Studios is very keen for audiences to forget about the previous Fantastic Four movies and look towards the new, shiny one which is just around the corner. Now, if those movies had been any good, then they might have ended up staying on Disney Plus.

Looking ahead to the MCU’s Fantastic Four picture


Credit: 20th Century Fox

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I mean, all the X-Men films are up there, and the majority of them were pretty good (barring X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: Apocalypse which were all pretty bad). It’s going to be interesting to see in which director Marvel decides to take the First Family in.

Will they go ‘by the book’, or will they decide to mix things up a little? I’m thinking they’re going to ‘Marvelise’ the Fantastic Four franchise and turn it into a real winner. The Fantastic Four deserve to be on the big screen and we deserve a genuinely good Fantastic Four movie. They’ve all pretty much been stinkers up until this point, and the comics are so important and so legendary that it’s literally a travesty that they’ve not been brought into the MCU yet.

Are you looking forward to watching the new Fantastic Four film when it’s released in cinemas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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