Why the Fantastic Four is the MCU’s Most Important Project
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con allowed Marvel Studios to once again take the stage at Hall H and explore what’s to come from the massive film franchise, but it is abundantly clear, that the Fantastic Four is the MCU’s most important project, and it isn’t particularly close.
There was so much excitement from fans with Marvel returning to that stage after the vents two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there was endless anticipation for what could be shown for the very first time, as fans anxiously awaited every single announcement.
Marvel went above and beyond in terms of how much they showed to fans, with the studio not only showcasing. restructured and redefined Phase Four, but also gave a glimpse into the near, and far more distant, future; uncovering their panels for Phase Five and Six.
It was, perhaps, the biggest Comic-Con event in Marvel’s illustrious history with the proceedings, and it pointed to a bright future for a film universe that has seen its most inconsistent year of projects yet; but with the ambitious future laid before us, it is becoming clear that one project holds more weight.
Throughout everything that was shown, and what we know about where the Marvel Cinematic Universe is headed, it is no longer avoidable that the incoming Fantastic Four is the MCU’s most important project; and it isn’t particularly close.
The MCU is currently in a state of flux; following the events of Avengers: Endgame, and fans saying their goodbyes to some of the franchise’s most beloved figures, there has been a sense of aimlessness to which the entire franchise has moved forward, and it isn’t simply due to a lack of villains.
Thanos wasn’t what was holding the MCU together, Robert Downy Jr., Chris Evans, and these amazing heroes were, and with them now gone, and characters like Thor and Doctor Strange not connected with audiences in the way that those before them had, the Fantastic Four becomes vitally important.
In the Fantastic Four, Marvel must find heroes capable of carrying the mantle of popularity that was held by those Original Six Avengers; with only Spider-Man coming close, but becoming more complicated as Marvel doesn’t own that character, and must orchestrate when Sony allows him to be used.
This casting of Marvel’s first family and their arrival in the Marvel Universe is not just important for entertainment sake, but they could become the new lynchpins of the Marvel universe as we know it; the Fantastic Four are the most important MCU project, and they can’t afford to mess it up.