‘The Fantastic Four’: Storyline, Cast, Premiere Date & All the Latest Updates

New Fantastic Four Movie Casting Leaks
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Marvel Studios’ upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot stands out as one of the most anticipated projects in development. Not only will it revitalize the original movie series, but it will also bring Marvel’s first family into the MCU fold.

Official details about the film are scarce, with only the core cast confirmed. However, reactions to this cast have been widely varied. To navigate through the confirmed and rumored information and provide clarity, we’ve compiled this guide.

The setting of ‘The Fantastic Four’ will be an alternate reality

Rumors and artwork suggest that ‘Fantastic Four’ will unfold in an alternate retro-futuristic reality reminiscent of the 1960s. The team will already possess their powers and function as an established unit from the movie’s outset. It’s speculated that their initial adversary will be Mole Man.

Expectations are high for the inclusion of Franklin Richards and Valeria Richards in the film. However, there’s speculation that Franklin might be born in space, tying him somehow to Galactus. This connection could prompt the Fantastic Four to relocate to the new reality.

Rumors suggest that Doctor Doom might make an appearance in the film, albeit in a minor role towards the conclusion, serving primarily as foreshadowing for future installments. A few weeks ago, there was speculation about Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd) appearing, but those rumors were promptly dismissed.

It’s essential to note that the information provided is largely unofficial and based on rumors. The studio has yet to confirm any specifics about the upcoming movie, aside from announcing the main cast and sharing select artwork.

Nearly a month ago, on Fantastic Four Day, Marvel treated fans by releasing a list of free ‘Fantastic Four’ comics.

  1. Fantastic Four (1961) #1
  2. Fantastic Four (1961) #48
  3. Fantastic Four (1961) #49
  4. Fantastic Four (1961) #50
  5. Fantastic Four: Life Story (2021) #1

The initial comic introduced the team to Marvel’s universe, with issue #48 being notable for debuting iconic characters such as the Silver Surfer and Galactus. The following issues showcased the Silver Surfer’s defiance against Galactus. In the recent ‘Life Story’ comic, marking the team’s 60th anniversary, a distinctive narrative unfolded where the characters aged in real-time from the 1960s to the present day, providing a rich exploration of their history. Given this narrative backdrop, it’s highly likely that the movie will be set in an alternate version of the ’60s.

The primary cast has been revealed, but it has sparked controversy

The movie’s cast was widely speculated almost a year before the official announcement, largely due to leaks and rumors. However, the recent addition of Julia Garner as Shalla-Bal has stirred discontent among fans. Many fear that Disney’s focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion may compromise the fidelity to the source material. The current cast includes:

  1. Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic
  2. Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm aka Invisible Woman
  3. Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm aka Human Torch
  4. Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm aka The Thing
  5. Julia Garner as Shalla-Bal aka Silver Surfer of that reality
  6. Paul Walter Hauser in an undisclosed role
  7. Ralph Ineson as Galactus
  8. John Malkovich in an undisclosed role.
  9. Natasha Lyonne in an undisclosed role

The film is targeting a release date in 2025

“The Fantastic Four” is set to hit theaters on July 25, 2025. Filming is expected to commence in August 2024 at Pinewood Studios in London. Director Matt Shakman, recognized for his work on Marvel Studios’ Disney+ series “WandaVision” (2021), was initially in talks to lead the project. Kevin Feige officially confirmed Shakman as the director at the D23 Expo the following month. In September, Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer were named as the screenwriters. By March 2023, Josh Friedman had assumed script rewriting responsibilities, with Cameron Squires joining as a co-writer in October. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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