Fans believed that comic book writer Dan Slott, to some degree, had knowledge of what Marvel Studios has planned for upcoming projects related to characters he's written for, such as She-Hulk or the Fantastic Four. However, Slott assured fans that when it comes to Marvel Studios revealing any secret plans or news to him, "I'll be as surprised as everyone else."
So, unless Slott became a consulting producer, like Matt Fraction, on She-Hulk or Fantastic Four, he is just as much in the dark as the rest of the fans.
However, this hasn't stopped people from asking Slott directly about his potential involvement with future Marvel Studios projects.
Fantastic Four Writer Dan Slott Not in the Know
In the Winter 2021 issue of Disney's D23 Magazine obtained by The Direct, 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 and Jack 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."
The comic writer described these four characters as "timeless" and that "they don't need to change:"
"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."
When asked about Marvel Studios' top-secret Fantastic Four, he denied any knowledge of it, saying, "I have no knowledge of anything, and if I did I wouldn't say anything."
Slott finished by stating that the Fantastic Four "changed comics" and that "they'll go on for another 60 years:"
"The Fantastic Four changed comics. The thing that was so great about Marvel is that it changed the way we look at Super Heroes. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created the perfect Super-Hero team 60 years ago. And I'm sure they'll go on for another 60 years."
Marvel Studios Keeping Plans Secret
The level of secrecy from Marvel Studios hasn't gone unnoticed by fans over the years. Unfortunately, some see it escalating to a level of self-parody, such as Lauren Ridloff of Eternals being handed new script pages for the film in the dead of night by a man in a trench coat.
It isn't a surprise that Marvel Studios would keep its cards so close to the chest, even from writers and artists at Marvel Comics. Although, it doesn't help that the film studio doesn't particularly treat comic book talent all that well, both in compensation and appropriately crediting them for their impact on the adaptation.
Fans will have to wait quite a while until they see Fantastic Four in theaters and see if Slott eventually gets his foot in the door or not.