Marvel’s Fantastic Four Reboot Is Already Copying 1 Brilliant MCU Phase 4 Trick

  • Marvel Studios has confirmed the main cast for The Fantastic Four, and hinted at the project being set in the 1960s.
  • Marketing material for The Fantastic Four is reminiscent of WandaVision's era-themed title cards.
  • Marvel Studios is right to copy what worked in WandaVision for The Fantastic Four.
Marvel Studios has already been copying one of Phase 4's most popular projects with the release of the first poster for the MCU reboot of The Fantastic Four. Kevin Feige first teased the Fantastic Four's debut in 2019, and after years of speculation and rumors surrounding the main cast, The Fantastic Four's first poster finally confirmed the line-up on February 14. Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Joseph Quinn and Ebon Moss-Bachrach will portray Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm, respectively, in Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four, which appears to be taking on a new style for the MCU.
Hopes are high that Marvel Studios' adaptation of the Fantastic Four will be far more successful than 20th Century Fox's previous attempts at bringing Marvel's First Family into live-action. 2005's Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel received a mixed reception, while 2015's Fantastic Four reboot was a commercial and critical failure, so there's a lot of pressure to finally get the Fantastic Four right. Luckily, Marvel Studios already appears to be taking inspiration from previous MCU successes with the development of The Fantastic Four, as well as taking beats from what made Marvel's First Family so popular in Marvel Comics.
Related 10 MCU Characters The Fantastic Four Could Meet In The 1960s Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four reboot has been speculated to be set during the 1960s, meaning the team could meet several iconic MCU characters. The Fantastic Four’s Marketing Is Already 1960s-Inspired Marvel Studios released the first poster for The Fantastic Four on Valentine's Day, and while this image confirmed the main cast for the highly-anticipated upcoming project, it also uncovered more about the style of the movie itself. The team's costumes and home decor are reminiscent of the 1960s, and Ben Grimm's Thing can be seen reading a copy of LIFE Magazine from December 1963, implying that The Fantastic Four will be set in the MCU's past. Marvel Studios has designed a new '60s-inspired logo for the project, harking back to the Fantastic Four's debut in Marvel Comics back in 1961.
After being introduced in The Fantastic Four #1, the team, dubbed Marvel's First Family, became revolutionary, as this was the first time this intense family dynamic had been explored in a superhero team. The Fantastic Four are dysfunctional, flawed, human, fallible and deeply relatable, despite having superhuman abilities. This kind of grounded nature will surely be adapted into the live-action MCU, and The Fantastic Four's first poster proves this, while also suggesting that Marvel Studios may be taking the best trick from a popular Phase 4 project to really push anticipation for the Fantastic Four in the MCU's Phase 6.
The Fantastic Four Poster Is Repeating WandaVision’s Best Trick Close While a direct connection hasn't been established by Marvel Studios, The Fantastic Four's poster and new logo are reminiscent of the various title cards featured in Phase 4's popular WandaVision series on Disney+. Set not too long after the events of Avengers: Endgame, WandaVision saw Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff inadvertently construst a mystical Hex surrounding Westview, New Jersey, in order to bring back her lost love, Paul Bettany's Vision. This trapped the town's residents in a sitcom-style world, with each episode of WandaVision exploring a different era of television, inspired by each decade from the 1950s until the present day.
The Fantastic Four's poster and new logo are overtly inspired by the 1960s, perhaps taking inspiration from WandaVision's themed episodes. Previous historical projects in the MCU haven't really been marketed in this way, as the 1995-set Captain Marvel, 1940s-set Captain America: The First Avenger, and even Eternals, which explored a lot of Earth's history, didn't lean into their timeline setting in their marketing. The fact that The Fantastic Four is, however, perhaps suggests that Marvel Studios is learning from its recent mistakes, and hoping to capture some of WandaVision's magic for the introduction of Marvel's First Family in Phase 6.
WandaVision AdventureDramaActionSuperhero WandaVision, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first TV show on Disney+, first aired in 2021. The series kicked off the MCU’s Phase 4 and brought back Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch, and Paul Bettany as Vision. WandaVision strayed away from Marvel’s typical formula, this time formatting itself more like a classic sitcom as Wanda struggles to cope with the death of Vision. 
Release Date January 15, 2021 Directors Matt Shakman Showrunner Jac Schaeffer Why Copying WandaVision Is A Great Choice For Marvel Studios In the wake of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios hit a bit of a lull, with Phase 4 being perhaps the most divisive chapter of the MCU since it began in 2008. However, there were still some widely acclaimed projects, and WandaVision was perhaps Phase 4's most popular installment, meaning it's a very good choice for Marvel Studios to take inspiration from WandaVision when marketing upcoming projects. This especially applies to The Fantastic Four, as there is a lot of pressure to get the MCU reboot right. By taking what worked in WandaVision and putting it in The Fantastic Four, Marvel Studios could be onto a major success.
The Fantastic Four is currently scheduled for release on July 25, 2025, as part of the MCU's Phase 6.


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