Sooner or later, Matthew Vaughn will sign onto another superhero film. The Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman director has been the fan-favorite choice for a number of in-development superhero films, from Man of Steel 2 to Green Lantern. But, if Vaughn himself got to choose, he’d pick the Fantastic Four in a heartbeat.
Vaughn recently spoke with ComicBook.com at New York Comic Con, and said the following about Marvel’s first family:
“Yeah I’ve always loved the idea of doing Fantastic Four as it was originally written. I mean it’s one of my favorite comics and I actually think that Fantastic Four, as a nice piece of IP, is in theory as big as Spider-Man. I think those, the values of Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, I think those are the reason, if you’re a kid, you can imagine being a part of the Fantastic Four family and you can imagine being Peter Parker. So yeah, I think Fan-Four would be the one that would excite me the most.”
Vaughn makes a great point that the Fantastic Four could be just as big as Spider-Man if they managed to get the property right. In fact, the same could be said for a number of superheroes. Take Aquaman for example; he was ridiculed as a lame character with dumb powers until James Wan and Jason Momoa made him into a badass with a $1 billion solo film. 20th Century Fox never managed to portray the Fantastic Four (or the X-Men for that matter) accurately, but if anyone knows how to elevate the source material it’s Vaughn.
Marvel Studios hasn’t announced any plans for the Fantastic Four, beyond a brief tease at Comic-Con this year. We know that Noah Hawley has a Doctor Doom script written, and there’s been rumors of a Silver Surfer film, but nothing has been made official. I think Vaughn would be a great choice to bring the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and would be interested to see who he casts as the team.
Who would you like to see direct the Fantastic Four’s entrance into the MCU? Who’s on that director wishlist?