Fantastic Four MCU release date, cast, trailer, plot, and more

Here's everything we know about The Fantastic Four MCU movie release date, including who might play Marvel's first family and who they will fight

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When is The Fantastic Four MCU movie release date? The team who put the four in Phase 4, Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four, are finally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Created by comic’s most dynamic duo, Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, their origin is pretty standard for the time.

Four astronauts – Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm – steal a rocketship and blast off into the unknown. While on their mission, their rocket is bombarded by cosmic rays, which bestows strange powers on the four. Not wanting this family to be shunned, Reed makes them into superhero team the Fantastic Four.

Fans have been eagerly anticipating the Fantastic Four’s MCU debut, so here’s everything we know about the Fantastic Four MCU movie release date and who will be in the superhero movie.

Fantastic Four MCU movie release date

The Fantastic Four MCU movie release date is set for February 14, 2025, and is the first film in Marvel’s Phase 6. The film was originally scheduled for release on November 8, 2024, but was delayed after news broke that Blade was delayed.

The Marvel movie was announced back in 2019 at San Diego Comic-Con, but those working on the film are keeping details close to their chest.

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Fantastic Four MCU movie cast speculation

We don’t know who will be in the Fantastic Four MCU movie cast, but we know who people want to play the team. Basically, people have been campaigning for years now for real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt to play Reed Richards (AKA Mister Fantastic) and Sue Storm (the Invisible Woman).

Krasinski, of course, played the character in Doctor Strange 2 but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play Earth-616’s version of the character. We do, however, think it’s very likely we will see John Krasinski as Reed Richards again the future.

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As for the Human Torch? Well, Dacre Montgomery is a name we see thrown about on social media a lot but we’d prefer Zac Efron to get the gig. Who could play The Thing? Well, we’d love to see Michael Chiklis come back, but the most inspired bit of fan casting we’ve seen is Jesse Plemons as the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing.

Recently rumours have started to fly that we may hear some official casting news soon. Jason Siegel (yes, the guy who played your favourite How I Met Your Mother character Marshall) is rumoured to play The Thing.

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Recently Dan Fogler, who stars in the Harry Potter movies prequel series, has thrown their hat into the ring. Fogler wrote on Twitter that he’d like to play The Thing; maybe he and Segel should fight for the role?

It was confirmed at D23 2022 that Matt Shakman would direct the series. It’s worth noting also, in an interview with The Digital Fix, Toby Kebbell said he would be open to reprising his role as Doctor Doom but doesn’t expect that call to come.

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Fantastic Four MCU movie plot speculation

At the time of writing, the Fantastic Four MCU movie plot is unknown, but there’s a good chance Marvel will continue its trend of moving away from showing traditional origins.

Instead, the studio appears to have worked under the presumption that audiences going to see these films have some knowledge of the MCU characters and according to Kevin Feige, that trend is set to continue.

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“A lot of people know this origin story. A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before?” Feige told The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve set a very high bar for ourselves with bringing that to the screen.”

We can’t imagine those making the film will be keen to use Fantastic Four villains seen in previous Fox Marvel movies. That means Marvel villains like Doctor Doom and Galactus are likely off the table but don’t worry, Marvel’s first family have plenty of bad guys they can battle.

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Who will be the Fantastic Four MCU villain?

You might think the obvious choice for a Fantastic Four MCU villain would be Doctor Doom, but we can’t see Marvel rushing to use the diabolical despot. The last two big-screen incarnations of the character have left a lot to be desired.

It wouldn’t shock us if Kevin Feige and the others involved in the MCU movie wanted to give the character a rest then, especially when introducing four new heroes to the MCU. The same goes for Galactus.

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Which villain will menace the four then? Well, the team has plenty of bad guys, but we think the most likely contenders to take on the team will be Super Skrull or The Wizard.

The Super Skrull is one of the Fantastic Four’s oldest enemies. Like others of his race, the Super Skrull can shapeshift, but he can also mimic the powers of the Fantastic Four, making him a deadly threat.

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The Wizard, meanwhile, is another old foe of the four. He’s basically a showboating scientist who grows jealous of the Fantastic Four’s fame and uses technology to battle them.

While he may not sound like a huge threat, he helped found the Frightful Four, a team of villains who became recurring foes of Reed and his family, and we can see Marvel Studios wanting to tee up further conflict down the road.

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