The Fantastic Four film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe has officially set a release date for November 8, 2024. More than 18 months after the film was announced to be in development during Disney Investor Day 2020, this new film is now the lead-off hitter for Phase 6 as the MCU enters a multiversal conflict.
After three solo films from 20th Century Fox that ranged from "OK for the era" to "universally hated," Marvel Studios has a golden opportunity to introduce Marvel's First Family into the same universe as Earth's Mightiest Heroes. However, many are concerned that the Fantastic Four might arrive before their own solo film?
Mr. Fantastic, played by John Krasinski in this year's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, became the first Fantastic domino to fall in terms of the team's departure from Fox to Marvel Studios.
Is it possible that the MCU introduce this major team before their first solo film for the major reason? It's happened elsewhere in the MCU as well.
MCU Introductions That Are Monumental
Sam Wilson did it before becoming Captain America, and Loki did it before his solo Disney+ series in the Thor trilogy. There is one particular example of a film that brought not one, but two, future leading men into the MCU in non-headliner roles in 2016's Captain America: Civil War.
King T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman before his role in Black Panther, was revealed for the first time in this epic threequel. Tom Holland was the last person to bring Peter Parker to the Marvel Cinematic Universe a year before he took on his first solo film with Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Marvel Studios eased these two heroes into the narrative, allowing them to stay in before they would take leading roles in their own franchises, especially since Feige has stated that their own film will not be an origin story.
Here are four ideas that Marvel Studios might use to introduce the Marvel Cinematic Universe's take on the Fantastic Four.
Four Marvel Cinematic Universe Projects That Could Include the Fantastic Four
In Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly's third Ant-Man film, appropriately subtitled Quantumania, the Fantastic Four may have an easy entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Ant-Man 3 might have their first family stuck in the Quantum Realm, especially if their solo film is cleared to avoid their origin story. This might allow the MCU to easily work them into the existing narrative without requiring extensive explanation for where they've gone during their extended absence.
The main antagonist in this movie, Kang the Conqueror, has some noteworthy connections to Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four in the comics, with the core version being a 31st-century descendant of Reed, which Marvel Studios might use in future films.
Check out what fans saw from Kang in the first footage from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, shown at San Diego Comic-Con.
Loki's first season introduced fans to the MCU's Multiverse for the first time, while also ending the series with a Variant of Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror, He Who Remains. Given the themes and characters laid out in this series, who can say that the Fantastic Four would not make their MCU debut in the expanding Disney+ series?
First and foremost, the team has an important connection to Jonathan Majors' He Who Remains from Season 1, as the original Kang, Nathaniel Richards, is a descendant of Fantastic Four team leader Reed Richards, lending credence to the relationship in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In addition, this show explored the possibility of alternate universes, leading to the impression that the Fantastic Four might be stuck somewhere out in the vast and unexplored Multiverse. Season 2 may give the God of Mischief the chance to find them as he attempts to correct Season 1's woes.
While the plot of Loki Season 2 remains under wraps, some of the first photographs from the set in London have just been released.
The Fantastic Four are well-known for spending plenty of time both on Earth and in the cosmos, very similar to The Marvels' leading character, Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers has had a few appearances next to Marvel's First Family, which might come to fruition on the big screen as well.
With Kamala Khan having switched places with Carol in Ms. Marvel, and Monica Rambeau seemingly on her way out of Earth's atmosphere following WandaVision, the Marvels has a golden opportunity to include them in a sequel to Marvel's billion-dollar box office success in 2019.
After all of these obvious points, there is still the unanswered question who is the "aerospace engineer" for WandaVision, which may still be Reed Richards if Marvel goes that route with Monica. However, there's no way to definitivly deny that Reed and his crew may show up with that connection still in play.
Take a look at Captain Marvel's brand-new outfit that she wore in her post-credit sequence before her next MCU appearance in The Marvels.
We now look at Marvel Studios' Thunderbolts, the last option on this list.
The Thunderbolts and the Fantastic Four aren't teams that would normally be associated with one another, one being a team of government-sponsored super villains, while the other being...well, the Fantastic Four. There's one critical aspect to both of their releases that might allow Marvel's First Family to make an appearance in this special issue - the Sacred MCU Timeline.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that Thunderbolts would be the last film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 5, with Fantastic Four debuting just three months later in 2024. In the event that the two films will overlap the main and final phases of the Multiverse Saga, it seems natural to include a team as big as the Fantastic Four in the film preceding their own solo appearance.
In all probability, the Fantastic Four would be introduced or teased during one of Avengers: Infinity War's post-credits scenes, continuing the same trend from Captain Marvel's teaser in Eternals.
Watch what John Walker actor Wyatt Russell said about forming the cast of Thunderbolts while the film is still in the works.
When will the Fantastic Four join the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Since Spider-Man has received as much attention from fans as the Fantastic Four, it's notable that Marvel Studios has regained the rights to use the team from 20th Century Fox for the second phase of their solo film. They have now been confirmed to join the MCU in under two years.
The First Family may be a force to be reckoned with as they make their debut alongside Marvel's greatest heroes and villains.
The Fantastic Four from Marvel Studios will be released on November 8, 2024.