Matt Shakman's latest Fantastic Four collaboration with Marvel Cinematic Universe has the filmmaker bringing out his inner child.
The Fantastic Four franchise was created from the 1961 comic book by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. It follows a group of astronauts named Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Susan Storm, and Human Torch, who acquire superpowers after being exposed to cosmic radiation, and use their gift to save the world.
The success of the comic would lead to an animated series, successful sequels, and a mediocre reboot years later. In 2019, Marvel purchased the rights to Fantastic Four after purchasing 20th Century Fox. Talks about a new Fantastic Four film soon began after actor John Krasinski played the character Richards in the 2022 film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Shakman explained why this franchise was important to him during an interview with Collider on February 8. He said, aside from being a Fantastic Four fan, he is also honored to work with the actors and actresses who will portray the beloved characters.
Shakman's admission comes a day after the filmmaker revealed details about the new Fantastic Four members. While speaking to ComicBook, Shakman stated that while there will be no announcement on who will be a part of the franchise for the time being, he is "excited" that the news surrounding the project has prompted fans to be active on the topic on social media.
Fantastic Four is scheduled to release in theaters in 2025, despite limited information about the cast.