Following the financial and critical failure of Fox’s 2015 Fantastic Four reboot the future of that franchise is pretty unclear, with the scheduled date for it’s sequel, June 9 of this year, having come and gone with no word from the studio.
While rumors have been circulating since that point that Marvel Studios could get the franchise back, such rumors growing after Sony & Marvel reached a deal to share Spider-Man, that possibility has now been fully shot down.
In an interview with French website AlloCiné, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige dispelled any notions of the Fantastic Four coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe at any point in the near future. His remarks on the matter come at the 5:30 mark of the video.
“No plans with the Fantastic Four right now,” Feige said. “No discussions about it.”
This news is sure to disappoint many fans who have been waiting for a Fantastic Four film redemption after the three that Fox has done flopped. At the same time, it makes a lot of sense that there aren’t plans at the moment.
Bringing in Spider-Man had a noticeable shifting effect on Marvel’s Phase Three plans, as they had to move back multiple films on the schedule to accommodate this new film to fit a time table acceptable to their partners at Sony. Making another deal with Fox that is similar would mean further altering of plans to their future film slate, which is currently a secret.
While that could be one reason they don’t have a plan in place for working on the film, another is that just like with Daredevil, which Fox once had the rights to, if Marvel waits long enough Fox will potentially just give Fantastic Four and all it’s associated characters back to them. All of these deals that Marvel signed with companies for film rights before they founded Marvel Studios come with end dates.
If the studios holding the rights don’t make films, or at least have a film in production, by a certain point the rights will revert back to Marvel/Disney. With Fox fully focused on expanding the X-Men universe, even working with Marvel for the TV shows Legion and Gifted, it is possible that they’ll just let FF right lapse instead of making a fourth attempt to make the property work.