Fantastic Four
Is this new clay mask too drying for my skin? ©20th Century Fox

We’re currently well into Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where things have taken a decidedly intergalactic turn. After the fantasical, trippy world of Doctor Strange (see our review), we’re awaiting the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel and Thor: Ragnarok, both of which take place in space.

So it only makes sense for directors to start looking at the rest of the Marvel universe to see what else they can bring into the fold. We’ve already got the Inhumans coming to small screens sometime this year, but there’s another famous family whose name has cropped up recently – one with an indelible connection to the Inhumans.

While speaking to Screen Rant, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson was asked who he wants to see next in the MCU:

“My answer is this: I still have hope that Fantastic Four can be properly brought into the MCU because a lot of Doctor Strange – that’s the comment I read the most during that. I love those characters and I think that they still deserve another shot at finding a true home in the MCU. I still have hope for that. That’s my honest answer.”

That might be his honest answer, and it makes sense. In the comics, the Human Torch dated Crystal of the Inhumans, who even joined the FF for a time. Mr Fantastic and Inhumans leader Black Bolt also have a long-standing friendship.

But the reality isn’t as simple as that. Fox has owned the rights to the Fantastic Four since the 1990s, and many felt that 2015’s disastrous reboot (see our review) was just a cheap shot at ensuring the rights stayed with them.

I for one would love to see the rights go back to Marvel. It shouldn’t be too hard to integrate them into the MCU in its current state with Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet coming up. But that’s never going to happen.

Do you want to see the Fantastic Four in the MCU? Tell us!

  • Pfftttsss the original Infinity War comic arc also involved the X-Men. Too bad Marvel had to sell the rights to that too.

    • A friend suggested that it might be good not to let Marvel have all the rights, so that the fans get a diversity of visions. But so far, only the X-Men/Deadpool have succeeded outside of the MCU – nic

    • Well, one can only wish that Fox would at least share custody. lol

  • Personally I welcome this move. Fox needs to sell the rights back to Marvel Studios to avoid another fiasco.

    • Depends whether Fox is will to compromise like Sony did – nic