Fantastic Four movie finds its writers

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Marvel’s first family is finally coming home. Marvel Studios are developing a new Fantastic Four movie which will kick off Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. WandaVision‘s Matt Shakman signed on to direct the movie, and Deadline has now reported that Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer will be writing the script.

Insiders told Deadline that Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer have actually been involved in the Fantastic Four movie even before Matt Shakman came onboard. The pair have been “outlining where this next series of films will fit into the [MCU] alongside Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.” Kaplan and Springer will join forces with Shakman to further develop the script while the search continues for the perfect group of actors to play Reed Richards, Sue Richards, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm.

Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer aren’t exactly well known at this time, but they’re said to be one of the “hotter screenwriter teams in town.” They’ve sold a number of spec scripts over the last year, including Disaster Wedding for Warner Bros., a comedy set to be directed by Palm Springs helmer Max Barbakow.

As this will be the third Fantastic Four movie (or fourth if you count the unreleased ’90s movie), Kevin Feige has said that they won’t simply be retelling the team’s origin yet again. “A lot of people know this origin story,” Kevin Feige said. “A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before?” As the Fantastic Four have decades of history behind them, Feige admitted, “We’ve set a very high bar for ourselves with bringing that to the screen.Fantastic Four will be released on November 8, 2024.

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