Fantastic Four Director Matt Shakman has denied claims that Marvel has already cast the main roles for the upcoming film.
Talking to collider (Opens in a new tab)Shakman played down speculation that Marvel had hired actors to portray the iconic super-team in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Marvel finally announced that it was developing a Fantastic Four MCU movie in July 2019. Since then, industry insiders, MCU leakers, and more casual fans have associated each major star with a role as Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch, and The Thing.
However, Shakman tried to quell the fuss over those rumors about a Marvel Phase 6 movie. When asked if he could confirm or deny any of the rumors circulating online, he said, WandaVision The director replied, “We’re early in our operation there. We have nothing to announce right now, and sure enough, when we do we’ll let you know.”
Addressing the rumors in more detail in an interview with ComicBook.com (Opens in a new tab)Shakman added, “There’s so much, man! It’s so amazing. I also learned from it.” WandaVisionIt’s great to see the level of fan engagement with this material. I’ve been reading Fantastic Four Comics since I was a kid, I love these characters, and I love the chance to bring them into the MCU…but yeah, I don’t have answers for anyone today about casting. “
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Marvel Fantastic Four The movie is still two years away from being released, with the MCU movie set to debut in theaters in February 2025. Principal photography on the superhero movie won’t begin until early 2024, according to Shakman (per detour (Opens in a new tab)), so Marvel has plenty of time to hire the right actors for each role.
That hasn’t stopped MCU leakers and fans, though – including them, admittedly – from speculating who will play the film’s legendary heroes and primary villain.
In January 2022, we reported that Marvel was apparently ready to cast a spin Fantastic FourThe iconic quartet. Of course, we—along with everyone else—jumped the gun. However, in the 12 months since then, rumors about who will star in the movie have increased exponentially.
May 2022 saw Bryce Dallas Howard linked as The Invisible Woman – also known as Sue Storm – with jurassic world The star of the series is forced to deny her involvement. Five months later, Adam Driver (star WarsAnd Marriage story) as a potential candidate to play Doctor Doom, The Fantastic FourBiggest opponent, or Mr. Fantastic / Reed Richards.
In the lead-up to Marvel’s D23 Expo in September 2022 speculation has come to a head. Many MCU insiders have suggested that Marvel is set to reveal who each member of the supervillain will be playing at the event.
The list of stars associated with the project seems to be stacked as you would expect. The cast associated with the project – Deep Breathing – has included John Krasinski, Penn Badgley, John David Washington, Emily Blunt, Lily James, Alexandra Daddario, Eiza Gonzalez, Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling, Jason Segel, Jamie Dornan, Melissa Benoist, Natalia Dyer, and William Jackson Harper.
Even Chris Evans, best known for playing Captain America in the MCU between 2010 and 2019, has been rumored to be playing Johnny Storm/Human Torch again — Evans has played the character in Fox’s two films. Fantastic Four films. American radio host Howard Stern played a joke on Marvel fans, too, by suggesting he play Doctor Doom in the MCU.
Unfortunately, the only one Fantastic Four It was the announcement of the D23 exhibition that confirmed Shakman to lead the project. The confirmation came four months after Shakman was tapped to direct an MCU flick, and just two months after legendary director Steven Spielberg apparently set out to make it instead.
We get it – everyone (including me) is excited to see Marvel Comics’ first superhero team make their debut in the MCU. However, the overwhelming amount of speculation surrounding the film has been over the top, and it has fallen to the film’s director to try and calm us all down.
Certainly, Shakman’s comments could be a form of misinformation. Marvel may have met up with some A-list stars to talk to them about joining its movie franchise, and negotiations could be in an advanced stage with one or more of them as well. But, with filming not set to begin a year, Marvel may still be looking for suitable candidates before they officially begin the audition process.
For now, though, the old (not so much) adage, “Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet,” holds true. Hopefully, we’ll get some official casting details at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con or D23 Expo.
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