‘Fantastic Four’: Rumor That Steven Spielberg Will Direct Film Debunked

The film still doesn't have a director.

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A recent rumor that claims Steven Spielberg will direct Marvel Studios’ upcoming Fantastic Four reboot has been debunked.

Marvel Studios will be reintroducing the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an upcoming reboot that remains undated at this time. Originally, Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts was attached, but parted ways with the project on good terms. As of right now, no one has been named to direct the upcoming film, but a recent rumor claimed that Steven Spielberg may be eyed to bring Marvel’s first family to life in the MCU.

According to recent reports, Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios are seeking more “established” filmmakers to take on Fantastic Four, given that Feige may not want to oversee an entire shoot, and trusts filmmakers with plenty of experience like Sam Raimi to take the reins on certain projects. With that in mind, the rumor in which Steven Spielberg may take the director’s chair arose, which naturally led some fans curious about the prospect.

However, the rumor was quickly debunked by Variety’s Adam B. Vary:

Steven Spielberg is a bit busy.

If you’ve been living under a rock for over the last four decades, Steven Spielberg is perhaps the most-popular film director of all-time. Widely-considered to be a pioneer in crafting the prototypical modern blockbuster with his film Jaws, his filmography boasts some of the most-iconic in cinematic history, with one of his classics E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. He recently got nominated for another Academy Award for his achievement in directing a new adaptation of the legendary musical West Side Story, and his upcoming film The Fabelmans is set to be released in November.

Although the prospect of Steven Spielberg directing the Fantastic Four is certainly something to be excited about, this rumor is certainly untrue. Either way, a new film from one of the best filmmakers of all-time is always something to look forward to, whether or not its a big blockbuster.

The Fantastic Four were first directly addressed in Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in which John Krasinski is shown to play Reed Richards AKA Mr. Fantastic in Earth-838 as part of The Illuminati. Given that this variant is killed by Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), it looks likely that Krasinski won’t be the official version of the character in the upcoming reboot.

Here is the synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:

The MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

Directed by Sam Raimi from a script written by Michael Waldron, the Marvel film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, with Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, and Patrick Stewart.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in theaters now. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the future of Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four, as well as the upcoming films from Steven Spielberg, and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Source: Variety

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