One of the many projects announced back at the Marvel Studios panel at the San Diego Comic-Con was that it would finally be bringing the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a brand new movie.

Since then, there’s been a number of delays due to the pandemic, strikes and a general slowdown in Marvel’s production, the film has been delayed a few times.

Earlier this year on Valentine’s Day, the cast for the film was announced, revealing that Pedro Pascal would be playing Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic, Vanessa Kirby would play Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Ebon Moss-Bachrach is going to be play Ben Grimm/The Thing, and that Joseph Quinn is playing Johnny Storm/Human Torch. 

Also starring in the new film will be Julia Garner as Silver Surfer, Paul Walter-Hauser, John Malkovich, Ralph Ineson, and Natasha Lyonne.

Following the release of this image, many speculated that this Fantastic Four team might not necessarily be set in the main timeline that the other Marvel films have been.

During a recent appearance on the first episode of The Official Marvel Podcast, Kevin Feige gave a little bit more information on the upcoming movie.

“It is a period film, and there was another piece of art we released with Johnny Storm flying in the air making a 4 symbol. There was a cityscape in that image.  There were a lot of smart people who noticed that that cityscape didn’t look exactly like the New York that we know or the New York that existed in the 60s in our world. Those are smart observations, I’ll say…”

Currently, “Fantastic Four” is scheduled to be released in cinemas on July 25th 2025 and Kevin Feige has confirmed that filming is set to begin at the end of July, after the San Diego Comic-Con.

“Our director, Matt Shakman has already moved to London, and we start filming at the end of July. Funny story, we start shooting the Monday after Comic-Con.  We start filming the day after on Fantastic Four.  I’m extremely excited because those characters are mainstays, are legendary pillars of the Marvel Universe that we’ve never gotten to play with or explore in any significant way apart from [Doctor Strange in the] Multiverse of Madness and a few fun teases before, in the way we’re doing that film. So, I’m extremely excited.”

Roger’s Take:  With filming set to only begin at the end of next month, I would be very surprised if “Fantastic Four” keeps its July 2025 release date, since trying to turn this entire project around in a year seems very optimistic.  I could easily see it getting bumped back into November for “Blade’s” release date.   I also wouldn’t be surprised if the entire cast would make an appearance on the stage during the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con and maybe a first look at the cast in their suits teased at the D23 event in August.

Do you think “Fantastic Four” will make its Summer 2025 release date?  Let me know on social media!

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Roger Palmer

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