Rumors continue to circulate about Fantastic Four , and My Time to Shine Hello confirms one of the most recent:
Adam Driver would still be in contention to play Reed Richards . Instead, it seems that Penn Badgley , rumored months ago, is out of the race. In any case, if we are to believe this source, the cast announcements should arrive before D23 (expected from 8 to 10 September).
The mysterious twitter user – whose scoops have often proved to be true – also says that the film’s antagonist will be Galactus , no less.
— MyTimeToShineHello (@MyTimeToShineH) January 27, 2023
Indeed, he himself had revealed that the film would be a space adventure with the Silver Surfer , so the Eater of Worlds seems like the ideal opponent. Fans probably expected to see him as a big threat to the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe , but Galactus , despite his enormous power, has never been a real big bad of some Marvelian cross-over. On the contrary, he was born as an enemy of the Fantastic 4 , and he isn’t even really “bad”: he consumes planets because driven by hunger, representing a sort of incarnation of nature (which, as such, is superior to the human concepts of good and evil ).
Galcatus also appeared – so to speak – in the finale of Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer , where he was famously portrayed as some sort of cloud with the vague likeness of the character.
Of course, these are just rumors, so let’s take them with a grain of salt. The American release is expected on February 14, 2025 , while production will probably only start at the beginning of 2024. We will keep you updated.
Fantastic Four was in the hands of Jon Watts , but the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequels has decided to give up to take a break from superhero films. Matt Shakman – the same as WandaVision – seemed the ideal replacement in the eyes of Kevin Feige , who already trusts him, and therefore will entrust him with the production without having to supervise it personally (as he did with Sam Raimi for Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness ).
Marvel Studios has hired Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer to write the script. Their filmography is not very rich, consisting only of Bert and Arnie’s Guide to Friendship and The Last of the Great Romantics . However, the two are considered one of the most popular writing teams of the moment: last year they sold several spec scripts (screenplays written on their own initiative, not commissioned by any studio), including the comedy Disaster Wedding . Another script of theirs to be made is K-Pop: Lost in America .
Still no news regarding the cast. John Krasinski played a variant of Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness , but we know that sometimes the variants look different than those of Earth-616. Furthermore, Krasinski ‘s casting seemed like a one-off solution from the beginning , to wink at the campaigns of fans (who had wanted him in the role of Richards for years ). For Mr. Fantastic the name of Adam Driver circulates , but it is only an indiscretion without confirmation.