There are quite a few characters that True Believers want to see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While previously lesser known characters like Black Panther, Jessica Jones, the Runaways, the Inhumans, and Cloak & Dagger are getting some play thanks to the House of Ideas’ various platforms, there are a few iconic characters that are still off limits with very little chance of appearing. Sure, you should never say never since Ghost Rider was able to appear on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and Spider-Man is starring in his very own Marvel Studios movie after debuting in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ last year, but things don’t look so hot for Marvel’s First Family or the Children of the Atom. Although, fans can continue to dream, even if they’re the fans that happen to be the ones shaping the world of Captain America, Iron Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and more.
In a recent interview with Screen Rant where he was asked about which Marvel character he’d like to see as part of the MCU next, ‘Doctor Strange’ director Scott Derrickson shared that he would love to see the Fantastic Four interact with the Avengers or the Defenders just as much as any other Marvel fan. Though he first started to talk about Marc Spector’s fan favorite vigilante alter ego, he quickly changed the topic to Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and the Thing:
“I mean, there’s a lot of discussion about Moon Knight maybe coming into the MCU. I think that’s a good idea. I dunno… Actually, scratch that answer. Here’s my answer. My answer is this: I still have hope that Fantastic Four can be properly brought into the MCU because a lot of Doctor Strange – that’s the comment I read the most during that. I love those characters and I think that they still deserve another shot at finding a true home in the MCU. I still have hope for that. That’s my honest answer.”
Derrickson also makes an interesting point regarding the Sorcerer Supreme in relation to the Fantastic Four. Now that Stephen Strange has firmly established that there are other dimensions, it could be relatively easy to fit the Fantastic Four origin into the MCU. The version where they travel through space and get their powers is a little played out at this point, so it wouldn’t hurt to try and tackle the interdimensional angle once more. After all, that might be the only thing worth saving from the horrendous 2015 reboot from Josh Trank. And with the next phase of Marvel Studios’ slate rapidly approaching, it would seem only right for the Fantastic Four to debut during Phase Four, right? The stars are about to align, so let’s hope that Marvel can work with 20th Century Fox like they did with Sony so that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one step closer to finally becoming complete.
How would you introduce the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? If it were to happen, could you see them being introduced in another film prior to starring in their own adventure similar to Spider-Man? Or would you rather see one more version of their origin story? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments.