The time has come, Marvel is bringing the “Fantastic Four” into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and all is right in the world. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige confirmed the new movie at comic-con, but the studio stopped short of announcing a premiere date, cast, or title.
The “Fantastic Four” movie rights were part of the FOX and Disney deal, and the movie is the first former FOX property to join the MCU since the acquisition. Now we just need those X-Men.
Despite being one of the longest-running and iconic superhero groups in the Marvel library, FOX had mixed success with the franchise. The first “Fantastic Four” movie released in 2005 and featured Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans (who later went on to become Captain America), Michael Chiklis, and Julian McMahon. The movie, directed by Tim Story, opened at number-one at the box office with a $56M debut and went on to make over $330.5M worldwide. Tim Story returned to direct the sequel in 2007 called “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” with Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, and Julian McMahon reprising their roles. The cast added Kerry Washington, the voice of Lawrence Fishburne, and Andre Braugher. The sequel did not beat the original, making $58M on opening weekend, and grossing $289M worldwide.
FOX put the franchise on ice until 2015, when “Fantastic Four” hit theaters. Josh Trank directed the reboot, with Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan (who went on to star in Black Panther) Jamie Bell, and Kate Mara. The movie was not a success, only making $25M on its opening weekend before leaving the box office with $167.9M worldwide.
San Diego Comic-Con runs from Thursday July 18th through July 21st, and you can find more SDCC Headlines to stay on top of the announcements and trailers.
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