Fantastic Four is one of the Marvel Comics’ oldest and most beloved properties, and many fans wish that it be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In an interview with Screenrant, Scott Derrickson, director of the MCU’s most recent film, Doctor Strange, agreed.
“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,” Derrickson said. “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.”
There is a problem: the movie rights to Marvel’s “First Family” are actually owned by Sony, not Marvel Studios.
It gets even more complicated: Sony will lose the rights unless they make a Fantastic Four movie every few years. They made one in 2005, with a sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, in 2007. While most fans find them middling, Sony’s most recent attempt, in 2015, was a complete bomb, leading many to question if they will even try to make another.
Sony also used to own Daredevil, but sold the rights back to Marvel. They still retain the rights to Spider-Man, but Marvel is essentially “renting” it back, allowing an MCU flick with the webspinner this year. So maybe there’s a chance that the Fantastic Four will join them after all.