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There aren’t many directors who can claim to have made three MCU movies at once. In addition to the Russo brothers, who even have four of them under their belt with «Captain America 2+3» and «Avengers 3+4», as well as James Gunn and Peyton Reed, whose third parts of «Guardians Of The Galaxy» and «Ant -Man” are yet to be released, so far only Jon Watts deserves that honor. The director of all previous MCU Spider-Man films was supposed to be directing “ Fantastic Four ”. Now he has announced his exit from the project, Deadline reports .
At the end of this article you will also find important information about the cinema releases of «Ant-Man 3» and «The Marvels». Those have been postponed.
Jon Watts is taking an MCU hiatus
Watts justifies his decision by simply wanting to take a break from the superhero business, but at the same time promises a return to the MCU:
«Making the three Spider-Man films has been an incredible and life changing experience for me. I am forever grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I hope we will work together again in the future.”
MCU boss Kevin Feige should be saddened by this departure, as Jon Watts has already directed some of the highest-grossing Marvel films ever without creative differences ever being reported, as has been the case with some other directors in the history of the franchise. According to Deadline , however, Feige is understanding: «Of course we were happy to bring the ‘Fantastic Four’ to the MCU with him, but we understand and support his reasons for stepping down. We are optimistic that at some point we will have the opportunity to work together again.”
The director, who has only made one feature film (“Cop Car”) alongside the “Spider-Man” adventures, already has the next exciting project in the pipeline. Jon Watts will direct an as yet untitled gangster thriller for Apple starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney , for whose rights one of the biggest bidding wars of the last year has broken out:
Jon Watts is directing a new thriller starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney
This is what «Fantastic Four» is about
Fantastic Four introduces the titular superhero squad to the MCU, consisting of the rubbery Mister Fantastic, the invisible Invisible Woman, the fiery Human Torch and the rock-hard The Thing. There are still no details about the plot of the MCU film, and a theatrical release has not yet been announced.
The quartet of heroes had previously been released in two versions: the first with 2005’s » Fantastic Four » and the direct sequel » Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer » in 2007 (back then, «Captain America» Chris Evans played the hero Human Torch). And then again in a reboot with a completely new cast in 2015. But this » Fantastic Four » film, from which the cover picture of this news comes, is so bad that the FILMSTARTS editors voted it the worst Marvel film of all time .
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Theatrical releases of «Ant-Man 3» and «The Marvels» postponed
And one more Marvel news at the end: The two upcoming films «Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantummania» and «The Marvels» aka «Captain Marvel 2″ have swapped their theatrical release dates. » Ant-Man 3 » starts in Germany on February 15, 2023 and » The Marvels » follows on July 26, 2023.
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