Marvel is once again looking for a director for its next The Fantastic Four film, which will introduce the iconic group of superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Deadline notes that Jon Watts pulled out of the project. The reason for leaving Watts, who became a favorite within the MCU after directing a trilogy of Spider Man films that culminated in the huge success No coming home, he is said to want a break from superhero movies for the time being. There is no drama between the director and Marvel,
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“Collaborating with Jon on the Spider Man movies has been a real pleasure,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Co-President Louis D’Esposito said in a statement. “We looked forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU, but understand and support his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.
Meanwhile, Watts said that “doing three Spider Man films was an amazing and life-changing experience. I am forever grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I hope we will work together again and I can’t wait to see the incredible vision of The Fantastic Four brought back to life. »
Loosely inspired by Marvel The Ultimate Fantastic Four comedy series, the previous The Fantastic Four The 2015 film starring Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan was mired in controversy from the start, including a controversial tweet from director Josh Trank sent on the film’s opening day lamenting the quality of the final cut. The film only earned $56 million at the domestic box office with a worldwide total of $167 million. It would have cost around $120 million to manufacture.
Before this version, Tim Story made two big budget versions, those of 2005 The Fantastic Four and 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which grossed a total of $619 million worldwide. Roger Corman sadly produced a completed but shelved version of The Fantastic Four in 1994 which was never intended to be seen and was only made to secure future release rights, although bootlegs widely exist.