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Fantastic Four To Introduce Alternate Timeline To MCU Multiverse, Filming Starts In August In London

Insider Daniel Richtman shares insights into The Fantastic Four's placement within the MCU Multiverse
Insider Daniel Richtman shares insights into The Fantastic Four’s placement within the MCU Multiverse (Photo Credit – IMDb)

In contrast to many Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, The Fantastic Four is set to unfurl in a separate timeline, veering away from the established continuity. Insider Daniel Richtman, renowned for reliable intel shared on his subscription-based Patreon account, hints that the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot will reside in an alternate universe apart from Earth-616. If accurate, this marks the second MCU flick to venture into an alternate reality, following Deadpool & Wolverine, expected to explore the X-Men Universe under 20th Century Studios.

Richtman also discloses that principal photography for the much-anticipated film is slated to kick off in August, with London, England, as the backdrop. This revelation echoes Marvel Studios’ teaser of The Fantastic Four’s 1960s setting via its casting announcement artwork.

Marvel Studios initially announced The Fantastic Four in July 2019, appointing Matt Shakman, director of WandaVision, to helm the reboot in August 2022. Progress was slow thereafter, with Marvel offering scant updates, especially regarding casting. Online speculation buzzed for months about potential cast members for Marvel’s beloved quartet, with various names swirling repeatedly. Finally, on Valentine’s Day 2024, Marvel Studios officially unveiled the casting of Pedro Pascal Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic, Vanessa Kirby, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Joseph Quinn as, Sue Storm as Invisible Woman, Ben Grimm as The Thing, and Johnny Storm as Human Torch, in The Fantastic Four.

Currently, Marvel Studios has stayed quiet about the enemy that will face the Fantastic Four in their MCU debut. Fans are eager for Doctor Doom‘s inclusion, a recurring character in previous live-action adaptations. Joseph Culp portrayed him in the unreleased 1994 film, followed by Julian McMahon in the 2005 original and its 2007 sequel, and Toby Kebbell in 2015. However, speculation suggests Doctor Doom might not appear in The Fantastic Four, with rumours hinting that Galactus could assume the role of the primary antagonist in the reboot. Reportedly, Antonio Banderas and Javier Bardem are among Marvel’s top choices for the role.

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