The MCU’s Fantastic 4 film formally has a release date set for November 8, 2024. More than 18 months after the movie was first revealed to be in development during Disney Financier Day 2020, this new outing is now the lead-off player for Stage 6 as the MCU moves towards a full-scale Multiversal war.
After 3 solo films from 20th Century Fox that ranged from “okay for the age” to “universally hated,” Marvel Studios has a golden opportunity to bring Marvel’s First Family into the exact same universe as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. However considering just how much anticipation is constructing for their intro into the MCU, lots of are questioning – could the Fantastic 4 show up prior to their own solo film?
One character has actually already done just that, with John Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic enjoying his cameo minute along with the Illuminati in this year’s Physician Strange in the Multiverse of Insanity. While the jury is still out on Krasinski’s casting as the MCU’s Earth-616 variation of Reed Richards, he became the very first Great domino to fall in terms of the team transitioning to Marvel Studios from Fox.
And the biggest reason that the MCU could present this major group prior to their very first solo film? It’s occurred in other places in the MCU also.
Significant MCU Introductions
Marvel Studios has a flair for developing supporting characters building up to leading hero status. Sam Wilson did it prior to ending up being Captain America and Loki did it in the Thor trilogy before his solo Disney+ series. However there is one specific example of a motion picture that brought not one, however two, future leading males into the MCU in non-headliner roles: 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
This epic threequel provided fans their first taste of the late Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa, who was among the most essential pieces of the story behind Chris Evans’ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Male before his time in Black Panther. In an even smaller sized function was Tom Holland, who finally brought Peter Parker to the MCU a year before he handled his very first solo motion picture with Spider-Man: Homecoming.
With these two heroes having actually been set up to play crucial roles in future MCU stories, Marvel Studios eased them into the story to get them in prior to they would play leading functions in their own franchises. This opens up the door for Marvel to do the exact same thing with the Great 4, specifically because Feige verified that their own motion picture will not be an origin story.
Looking at that theory, here are 4 tasks that Marvel Studios could utilize to present the MCU’s take on the Great 4.
4 MCU Projects That Might Feature the Great Four
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
Marvel Studios will have a chance to totally check out the Quantum World more deeply than ever in Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly’s 3rd Ant-Man motion picture, properly subtitled Quantumania. With some significant plot points and story details entering this huge threequel, there could be a simple door through which the Wonderful Four might enter for their MCU debut.
Often handling outer space and the Quantum Realm in their comics adventures, Ant-Man 3 could realistically have Marvel’s First Family stuck in the Quantum World, especially with their solo film validated to avoid their origin story. This might be a way for the MCU to easily work them into the existing narrative without a substantial explanation for where they have actually been throughout their extended lack.
Also of note is that this movie’s main villain, Kang the Conqueror, has some noteworthy ties to the Fantastic 4’s Reed Richards in the comics. Kang is likewise referred to as Nathaniel Richards, the core variation being a 31st-century descendant of Reed, which Marvel Studios might easily utilize to include more drama and enjoyment to that hero/villain relationship in future motion pictures.
Take a look at what fans saw from Kang in the first video from Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, shown at San Diego Comic-Con.
Loki Season 2 (Summertime 2023)
Season 1 of Loki introduced fans to the MCU’s Multiverse for the first time while likewise ending the series with an Alternative of Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror, He Who Stays. Given the styles and characters set out in this series, who’s to say that the Fantastic 4 couldn’t make their MCU debut in the increasingly deep Disney+ series?
First and foremost is the fact that the group has an important connection to Jonathan Majors’ He Who Remains from Season 1, as the initial Kang, Nathaniel Richards, is a descendant of Fantastic 4 team leader Reed Richards. That Alternative verified that he was a variation of a 31st-century researcher just as Nathaniel remained in the comics, providing credence to that relationship remaining in location for the MCU too.
Furthermore, this program completely explored the idea of alternate universes, leading to the idea that the Fantastic Four might be stuck someplace out in the large and undiscovered Multiverse. Kang might potentially be keeping them trapped and out of the “Sacred Timeline” as a part of his prepare for Multiversal domination, and Season 2 might offer the God of Mischief the opportunity to discover them as he tries to help the Time Variance Authority repair Season 1’s mess.
While details on Loki Season 2’s plot remain under covers, some of the very first pictures from the set in London have just recently come online.
The Marvels (July 28, 2023)
The Great Four are popular for investing lots of time both on Earth and taking a trip through the cosmos, very likewise to The Marvels’ prominent character, Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers has had a few looks in the comics beside Marvel’s First Household, which might end up potentially pertaining to fruition on the big screen as well.
The Marvels will almost certainly take all 3 of its leading stars into deep space, with Kamala Khan having actually switched locations with Carol in Ms. Marvel and Monica Rambeau relatively on her escape of Earth’s environment after WandaVision. With the Fantastic Four now validated for their own debut to start Stage 6, there’s a golden chance to include them in a sequel to Marvel’s billion-dollar box-office struck from 2019.
On top of those apparent points, there is still the unanswered question about whom the “aerospace engineer” is from WandaVision, which might still turn out to be Reed Richards if Marvel goes that route with Monica. After a lot theorizing during that Disney+ program, there’s no other way to forecast if it will occur, however there’s likewise no other way to definitively reject that Reed and his team could show up with that connection still in play.
Before Captain Marvel’s next MCU appearance in The Marvels, have a look at the new match that she wore in Ms. Marvel’s post-credit scene.
Thunderbolts (July 26, 2024)
For the last option in this list, we now have a look at unquestionably the wildest option in Marvel Studios’ Thunderbolts.
The Thunderbolts and Fantastic 4 aren’t groups that would usually be connected with one another, one being a group of secretive extremely villains working for the federal government and the other being … well, the Fantastic Four. But there’s one crucial element to both of their releases that might line Marvel’s First Family up for a look in this unique trip – the Spiritual MCU Timeline.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige verified that Thunderbolts would be the final motion picture in the MCU’s Phase 5, with Fantastic Four kicking off Phase 6 just over three months later on in 2024. Seeing that these 2 movies will bridge the middle and final Stages of the Multiverse Legend, it would seemingly make good sense to present a team as huge as the Great 4 in the movie preceding their own solo getaway.
In all likelihood, this alternative would present or tease the group in throughout among Thunderbolts’ post-credits scenes, continuing the same pattern from Captain Marvel’s tease in Avengers: Infinity War or Blade’s line of discussion in Eternals. The Great 4 would easily be the biggest MCU characters to make that sort of look, which could make Marvel Studios push for them to be introduced in a tease like that simply to build anticipation for their solo film.
While Thunderbolts is still some time away from going into production, see what John Walker actor Wyatt Russell said about potentially signing up with the film’s cast.
When Will the Fantastic 4 Join the MCU?
No brand-new addition to the MCU because Spider-Man has gathered as much attention from fans as the Fantastic Four, especially given that Marvel Studios gained back the rights to utilize the team from 20th Century Fox. And even if the group doesn’t make a full MCU appearance prior to their Stage 6 solo film, they are now validated to sign up with the MCU in just over 2 years.
The Multiverse and the universes appear to be the group’s easiest access points into the enduring Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they might likewise merely join in a more detached post-credit scene in the motion picture right before theirs. No matter what alternative Marvel selects, the First Household will be a force to be reckoned with as they lastly make their debut along with Marvel’s greatest heroes and bad guys.
Marvel Studios’ Fantastic 4 will launch in theaters on November 8, 2024.