Marvel Studios Fantastic four is slowly moving forward, and there’s a good chance we’ll get an official presentation at the D23 Expo within the next few days. We’re hoping for director confirmation and, if we’re really lucky, an announcement on who will be playing Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Jonny Storm and Ben Grimm.
But for many, the question remains, who is the director the answer is practically already given. It’s always sunny in Philadelphia, Fargo and Game of Thrones Director Matt Shakman has established strong ties with Marvel Studios for his well-regarded work on WandaVision and the pieces seem to move into place for him to step into Fantastic four.
This may have been confirmed on “The Always Sunny” podcast, in which Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton seem to hint that the deal is done:
“Matt Schackman is one of the biggest directors in Hollywood right now. He signed to do Fantastic four.“
The trio continues to discuss Shakman’s refusal to direct the sequel Star Trek film for this project, so perhaps they know more about what their friend and colleague is up to than has been officially announced. Or, conversely, they may have simply read the same industry rumors as we have and are operating on the basis that they are true.
in any case, Fantastic four is set to release on November 8, 2024 and will mark the beginning of Phase 6 of the MCU. With just over two years to go, that means pre-production is set to take place now and filming is set to begin in early 2023. Expect some big news soon, so watch this space.