We Know Just Who We Want to Direct the MCU’s Fantastic Four…
With the unfortunate news that Jon Watts has exited the production of the upcoming film, we know just who wed choose to direct the MCU’s Fantastic Four.
There are few projects in the upcoming slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is as intriguing as the upcoming reboot of Marvel’s first family.
The Fantastic Four are, without a doubt, one of the most important creations in the vast history of Marvel comics, and were at one time some of the most popular characters in the company’s history.
Marvel’s first family is made up of four unique characters joined by their love of one another, and the superpowered side effects of a space endeavor gone wrong; with Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm transforming into a superhero team on par with some of the industries best.
The iconic team was already adapted a couple times before, first with the iconic Tim Story-helmed franchise that saw Chris Evans make his blockbuster film debut as Johnny Storm in what was an unremarkable first attempt.
Things only got worse, however, when 2015 saw Josh Trank attempt to make a gritter version of the team that ultimately failed; being regarded by many as one of the worst comic book adaptions of all time.
Many Marvel fans had high hopes when Spider-Man mastermind Jon Watts was called upon to birth the team into the MCU; which will no longer be the case, as Watts and the MCU have chosen to go their separate ways.
With that parting of ways, and Watts exiting the project, the question of who will direct the upcoming first film is a vital decision for the MCU’s final Phase Four film.
Well, we know just who we want to direct the MCU’s Phase Four; and he has some experience in the world of superhero films.
Brad Bird is a revered name in the world of animation, bringing iconic classics like Iron Giant and Ratatouille to the big screen; but first made a name for himself with the massive hit, The Incredibles.
Bird is the perfect visionary choice for the Fantastic Four; he understands the playfulness of cinema that lends itself so well to adapting a team made up of a man-made of plastic, a woman who can turn invisible, a human flame, and a rock man.
What has defined the exceptional tenure of Bird’s filmmaking career is his ability to balance the necessary heart and drama that will make a film work, with the almost zaniness that doesn’t take the brevity of the story seriously enough to cripple the premise.
Technically speaking, it is also Bird’s camera usage in an animated film that made him such a renegade early in his career; He brought tricks of live-action filmmaking to the medium of animation that widened the horizons of the generation that succeeded him.
This, partnered with Birds proven track record in handling big-budget live-action filmmaking, make him the perfect choice to bring this iconic superhero family to the screen in the MCU.
When it comes to who will direct the MCU’s Fantastic Four, what better choice is there than the man who is responsible for the adored film franchise centered around a superhero family?
Brad Bird is the only choice.