Spider-Man director, Jon Watts has exited the MCU’s “Fantastic Four” Reboot after stating he was feeling “superhero fatigue” from directing 3 Spider-Man films starring Tom Holland for Disney/SONY. This leaves Marvel’s first family reboot film without a director.
Nothing sinister here; Watts just needs a break from the superhero realm after completing the Spidey trilogy with Tom Holland and Zendaya. He had expected to make Fantastic Four his next film, the third feature iteration of that franchise and first since Disney acquired Fox, which controlled the franchise. Watts has spent the better part of the last decade directing and promoting the Spider-Man films, after being hired off Cop Car, a small-budget indie thriller that premiered at 2015 Sundance. He needs a breather.
Both Watts and Marvel confirmed his exit, and said that it is amicable.
Said Kevin Feige, president, Marvel Studios and Louis D’Esposito, co-president, Marvel Studios: “Collaborating with Jon on the Spider-Man films has been a true pleasure. We were looking forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU but understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.”
Watts said that “Making three Spider-Man films was an incredible and life-changing experience for me. I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I’m hopeful we’ll work together again and I can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life.”
So with that said, who should step in and sit in the Director’s chair? Well fans have campaigning for “A Quiet Place” actor/director John Krasinki to not just direct but also star as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic and his real life wife, Emily Blunt, to star as Susan Storm/Invisible Woman. However, Blunt was rather…well Blunt when shooting down those fan rumors and said “No one wanted to see her as a superhero.”
Well, you got a legion of rabid Marvel fans who would disagree with you Emily.
What do you think? Who would you want to direct the Fantastic Four film for Marvel Studios? Let us know in the comments.