Joss Whedon. Remember when he was the golden boy of the MCU? One of the main architects behind Phase One. Then came Avengers: Age of Ultron and a little bit of the shine rubbed off. A rumored falling out with Marvel Studios led him to taking over the doomed Justice League film next and ever since then he has been exiled from comic book films.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe now moves enters a post-Avengers existence, now heroes will be coming into the spotlight. The biggest one on track to come out, the Fantastic Four. And Whedon might be the one to help bring Marvel’s first family back to the big screen and into the MCU for the first time.
On his YouTube show, John Campea said he’d heard that Joss Whedon met with Marvel Studios about bringing Marvel’s First Family into The MCU. He stresses this may simply have been a casual conversation or a brainstorming session, but there is also a possibility that Whedon is lining up the project to direct.
Campea has been an online presence for many years and is sure to have amassed some solid sources, but he has been known to spout nonsense in the past, so it’s probably best not to put too much stock in this until we hear more.
Another recent rumor claimed that John Krasinski has also met with Marvel about an upcoming project, which obviously led to speculation that he might be in line to play Reed Richards. The Quiet Place director did cheekily reference “playing a superhero” in a YouTube video, which has since rather ludicrously been reported as having something to do with this (the video was posted the day before the rumor hit).
Now personally, if I was going to have Joss Whedon direct another Marvel property it’d be X-Men, but the idea of him possibly working on a Fantastic Four reboot is intriguing.