Ever since the Disney and Fox Merger last year, characters from the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchise were all set to return home to Marvel Studios. Between the two, it seems that Marvel's First Family will be the first to debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as such has already been teased by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in San Diego Comic Con last year. After that reveal, Feige shared in an interview that he is "extremely excited about those characters, and about bringing Marvel’s first family up to the sort of platform and level they deserve." This is promising news for the fans of the franchise especially after the underwhelming reaction to the last movie that premiered back in 2015.
Speculations have been rampant about the MCU's version of the Fantastic Four. Recently, fans were excited about the news that actor-director John Krasinksi, who is the fan's top choice to play Reed Richards, reportedly met with Marvel Studios for a multitude of projects. One would assume that one of the projects discussed is the upcoming Fantastic Four project, especially after the positive response of the fans and even Krasinski himself to the rumor of him potentially playing the leader of Marvel's first family. Meanwhile, another rumor has popped up that an ex-MCU director could have some involvement with the MCU's iteration of the Fantastic Four.
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Youtuber John Campea has been told from a source that conversations between Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios have occurred in the past two months involving the Marvel Cinematic Universe's take on the Fantastic Four. Campea admitted that he was unsure if these "conversations" with Whedon were a casual brainstorming session or if they were more serious about directing or writing the project.
WHAT THIS MEANS
As of now, we should take this rumor with a grain of salt, but it is fun to speculate about the possibility of Joss Whedon taking up the challenge of turning things around for the Fantastic Four on the big screen. Whedon is no stranger to superhero team-up films since he already directed the likes of The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Justice League. It would make sense for Marvel Studios to at least reach out to Whedon regarding a new live-action iteration of the Fantastic Four due to his experience in handling many characters in his stories. Whedon already stated in the past that he opted to not direct Avengers: Infinity War, believing that the franchise had gotten too big and that he wouldn't be able to handle all the moving parts - it is already a given that handling a lot of characters along with their respective arcs is a herculean task for any director. Whedon is no stranger to these types of movies and that might be the reason as to why he is among the likely options that will direct the MCU's take on Marvel's first family.
Some fans may believe that it is more likely for Whedon to return to direct an X-Men franchise film given that he already has experience with the characters courtesy of his Astonishing X-Men comic run. At the end of the day, it is up to Whedon if he will indeed return to the franchise.