‘WandaVision’ Director Matt Shakman Eyed For Marvel’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot

There’s still a lot that we don’t know about Marvel’s introduction of the Fantastic Four into the MCU. We know the film will arrive in November 2024, kicking off what looks to be an incredible Phase 6. But who is going to star in it? Certainly not John Krasinski despite his appearance as Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And who will direct it now that Jon Watts has stepped aside? Well, we could have the answer to the latter question.

According to Deadline, Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s already helmed a key project for Marvel. He was the director behind their hit WandaVision series that really launched the MCU at a high level on Disney+ with 23 Emmy nominations and 3 victories.

So what does this mean for the upcoming Star Trek movie that Shakman is attached to? Possibly nothing, or it could mean that film is still a long way off.

As for other directors in the Fantastic Four mix, THR says Michael Matthews, director of the terrific Love & Monsters, and Reid Carolin, Channing Tatum’s creative partner and one-time Gambit director, were in contention.


Travis Hopson
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