Marvel’s First Family is finally coming to its Cinematic Universe.
During the Disney Investor Day presentation, Marvel Studios Boss Kevin Feige revealed Jon Watts, the director behind the recent Spider-Man film series, will helm Fantastic Four. Based on the comic book devised by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, it will introduce the long-missing characters to the milieu of the Avengers.
Sadly, Feige offered little more information on the project, but confirmed an number of casting decisions, like Hailee Steinfeld co-leading the upcoming Hawkeye Disney+ series. In fact, plans for direct-to-consumer content took up the bulk of Feige’s time. Beyond the expected confirmations of Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk castmembers, the studio chief also added Tim Roth and Mark Ruffalo to the cast of She-Hulk.
He also unveiled a new set of series: Secret Invasion, featuring Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) as they face a quiet incursion of the Earth by a sect of Skrulls; Ironheart, focusing on Ri Ri Williams (Dominique Thorn); and Armour Wars, a series starring Don Cheadle (as War Machine).
Additionally, Marvel will shoot The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special concurrently with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and feature Groot (Vin Diesel) in his own animates shorts; collective called I Am Groot.
Feige also made it clear he will not recast T’Challa for Black Panther II, but offered no other details about the project. But in illustrating how the Disney+ programs will feed back into the features, he announced Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani and WandaVision‘s Teyonah Parris will co-star with Brie Larson in Captain Marvel 2. He also revealed the title of the third Ant-Man film — Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania — and confirmed Kathryn Newton will join the cast as Cassie Lang.
Notably, the studio chief did not confirm recent Spider-Man casting reports or Oscar Isaac‘s participation in Moon Knight. But considering how long the studio waited to confirm Steinfeld’s part in Hawkeye, this isn’t so much of a surprise. He did tip his hat to the possible return of Daredevil (Charlie Cox) by mentioning She-Hulk lead character Jennifer Walter’s (Tatiana Maslany) day job as a lawyer could lead to a familiar face opposing her in court.
The Marvel announcements reflect Disney’s pivot to its Disney+ strategy, and while it still seems like Marvel wants to be in the movie business, their TV slate looks to be just as thrilling.