10 Things The MCU Needs To Do With The Fantastic Four

Fourth time's the charm...

Marvel Fantastic Four
Marvel Studios

Marvel fans everywhere are waiting with baited breath for any updates on the production of the first family of comics' introduction into the MCU. We have a *general* idea of when it's going to happen, but even that is up in the air. Everything else is a mystery.

This has made a lot of fans very justifiably nervous, because the Fantastic Four have flopped on the big screen not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES now. Whether due to a lack of money, studio obsession with trend chasing, or flat out not getting the FF on a fundamental level, fans of the FF have seen pretty much every way this upcoming film can go wrong.

So what should Jon Watts and his team do?

Well, there's a lot we don't know about the production, as well as the general pitfalls that come naturally with making any kind of film, but there are some things that, while not surefire recipes for success, are definitely a good place to start. Here are the 10 things that just kinda need to be there.

10. A Changing Roster

Marvel Fantastic Four
Marvel Comics

One of the more unique aspects of the Fantastic Four is the fact that the roster is in a constant state of change, pretty much all the time. Whether it's because Ben Grimm has turned human again for the millionth damn time, or in the case of when the roster first changed - because Sue was pregnant and on maternity leave - the Fantastic Four books have never been afraid to fundamentally change the roster of the team.

Hell for a time Black Panther and Storm took Reed and Sue's place and at one time Spidey had his own Fantastic Four team with Hulk, Wolverine, and Ghost Rider.

While the movies should absolutely start with the original four, they should also share in this willingness to shake up the team in order to build the supporting cast and come up with new, fun team dynamics.


John Tibbetts is a novelist in theory, a Whatculture contributor in practice, and a nerd all around who loves talking about movies, TV, anime, and video games more than he loves breathing. Which might be a problem in the long term, but eh, who can think that far ahead?