The last time the Fantastic Four were seen on screen was 2015 in Josh Trank's disastrous reboot of the franchise. Had Tim Miller directed Deadpool 2, The Thing and the Human Torch would have shown up to lend the Merc with the Mouth a helping hand, but thanks to the Disney/Fox merger, Marvel First Family are now heading to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There's been no word on when exactly they'll first appear, but it's expected to be sooner rather than later, especially after Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige name-dropped the heroes at last year's San Diego Comic-Con (whereas the X-Men were only referenced as "mutants").
The future is definitely looking brighter for the Fantastic Four now they've returned "home," but the big question on the minds of many fans is how the team can be brought into the MCU. In the comic books, they were introduced before The Avengers and Spider-Man, but they're now entering a world which has already been established, and that makes it hard to predict where exactly they'll fit in.
Here, though, you'll find ten compelling theories and explanations for how the Fantastic Four can join this shared world and finally get the big screen treatment they deserve...