Ever since The Walt Disney Company purchased 20th Century Fox — now 20th Century Studios — in 2019, Marvel fans have been chomping at the bit wondering when the Fantastic Four will make their debut in Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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While certain MCU series and movies, like Owen Wilson and Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, have given clues about Feige and Co.’s Fantastic Four reboot, an exact timeline for when Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic, Susan Storm Richards/Invisible Woman [Girl], Jonathan Storm/Human Torch, and Benjamin Grimm/the Thing will join the MCU has not been announced.
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John Krasinski, however, has expressed major interest in becoming Marvel Studios’ Reed Richards, but his real-life wife, Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns, Jungle Cruise) is not nearly as excited about the prospect of being cast as Sue Storm, though it would thrill fans.
Now, a Marvel Comics writer has spoken out about his opinion of what should happen with the Fantastic Four’s entry into the MCU — and he doesn’t think much about Marvel’s first family should change.
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Per a new report:
In the Winter 2021 issue of Disney’s D23 Magazine…it was revealed in an interview that Fantastic Four comic writer Dan Slott is in the dark as much as anyone else when it comes to Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four.
Slott gave his explanation for why the Fantastic Four worked, saying they were “a Super Hero family, but they were like your family:
“Stan [Stan Lee] and Jack [Jack Kirby] created this family that was a Super Hero family, but they were like your family—they argued, complained, they got on each other’s nerves, and they messed up all the time. No one had seen anything like that.”
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Slott went on to share that he isn’t interested in seeing a “woke” Fantastic Four group — instead, he believes the classic characters who “changed comics” will “go on for another 60 years” without major alterations. The comic writer shared:
“I believe that with the Fantastic Four, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. They don’t need to change. They’re timeless. They’ll adapt and be relevant.”
The Fantastic Four first appeared in “The Fantastic Four #1” in November 1961. Marvel officially describes the iconic family as:
Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Susan Storm, and her brother, Johnny Storm, were forever changed during an experimental space flight that exposed them to cosmic rays, which gave them super human powers and abilities. In the aftermath of their incredible journey, the four pledged to stay together as a team. They quickly became media sensations, and their celebrity status only grew as they explored the uncharted regions of the universe and confronted evil wherever they found it. But the Fantastic Four are more than just Super Heroes—they’re the first family of the Marvel Universe.
Do you agree that the Fantastic Four are “timeless”?