After playing an important role in the launch of the Marvel Studios limited series Wanda Vision, Matt Shakman may be ready to help launch one of the studio’s most prized cinematic properties. Sources tell Deadline Shakman is in preliminary talks to direct Marvel’s new movie The Fantastic Four Photo.
Rumors have swirled in recent weeks that he was in the running for the job, and insiders are now telling Deadline that while no formal offers have been made, initial talks have begun and things are going well. good direction. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige produces.
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Shakman replaces Jon Watts, who parted ways with the project in the spring. Watts was going out Spider-Man: No Coming Home, which had just become the sixth highest-grossing film in worldwide box office history at $1.89 billion and needed a break from the comic book realm. Marvel quickly began looking for his replacement, coming across a number of candidates and thought the search could continue well into the fall.
That said, we always thought Shakman was the guy to beat given how comfortable Feige was with him after Wanda Visionwhich not only successfully launched Marvel’s limited series strategy for Disney+, but also earned multiple Emmy nominations, including Best Director for Shakman.
The Fantastic Four has been an anticipated property for MCU fans since the time Disney acquired Fox and absorbed all of its assets; those included The Fantastic Four. Ever since fans have been wondering when they’ll get this new series of films, and Feige delivered this answer at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, saying the film would kick off Phase 6, dropping Nov. 8, 2024. This will be followed by two avengers movies: Avengers: Kang Dynasty on May 2 of that year, and Avengers: Secret Wars only six months later.
Shakman is replaced by UTA and Artists Firsts.