Writers announced for Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four

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Interest in Marvel’s Fantastic Four remains high as the studio announces the writing duo tackling the MCU take on Marvel’s First Family.

Although we’ve already had four Fantastic Four films, none of them were really that fantastic. The brace of Fox films in the noughties never set the world alight and the 2015 reboot was even less well received. What’s more, you may have heard of the 90s version produced by Roger Corman – that was never even intended for release. Cinematically speaking, Marvel’s First Family have gotten something of a raw deal throughout the years, but fans will be hoping that is all set to change with the 2024 release of Fantastic Four, the debut of the group in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

We’ve known for a while that WandaVision’s Matt Shakman will be helming, the filmmaker having exited the coveted director’s chair on Star Trek 4 to take up the reins on Fantastic Four. We now know who will be penning the project too, with the announcement that writing duo Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer are attached to write the script.

The duo are behind the spec script for Disaster Wedding, which is currently in development at Warner Bros. Palm Springs director Max Barbakow is attached to direct that one. The pair also wrote the Rebel Wilson comedy K-Pop: Lost In America, which is also in development. Whilst it’s very, very early days to be drawing any kinds of conclusions from the announcement, the drift of those projects are largely comedic, suggesting that the more recent comedic tone of the MCU may be set to continue. 

That’s a lot of conjecture though, not least because Matt Shakman directed the darkest and most emotionally-wrenching MCU TV series that we’ve seen yet, that being WandaVision. Whichever direction the project moves in, it will have lots of eyes on it as we move towards that release date of Nov. 8, 2024.

The Hollywood Reporter

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