Time has not been kind to the Fantastic Four. Bringing the famed team to film has been attempted many times and still hasn’t found much success with the public. Marvel Studios decided to give it a go one more time, and appointed Jon Watts, the director of all three MCU Spider-Man films, to take on this seemingly cursed project. Watts has since stepped down as director, with the choice being motivated by his desire to distance himself from superhero films.
“Making three Spider-Man films was an incredible and life changing experience for me,” Watts said in a statement. “I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I’m hopeful we’ll work together again and I can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life.”
In a separate statement, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that working with Watts on the Spider-Man films “has been a true pleasure.” He went on to say, “We were looking forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU but understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.”
Disney and Marvel Studios have been pretty clear with their intentions to continue the Tom Holland Spider-Man franchise and there’s no word on whether or not Jon Watts will come back on to direct those future projects. However, with Tom Holland taking a much needed break from his physically demanding, back-to-back action film marathon and the focus shifting towards newer characters in the Marvel rolodex, Watts will have more than enough time to decide.
Don’t worry, Watts will be booked and busy until then. He’ll be writing and directing an Apple TV+ film (that Apple Studios fought tooth and nail for at an auction last September) starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt as rival “fixers” who get booked for same job and is set to produce a new film in the Final Destination horror franchise for New Line Cinema and HBO Max.
There has not been any formal announcement in regards to Watts’ replacement.
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