The Fantastic Four made their comic book debut in the 1960s, and it’s possible their MCU debut will also happen in the 1960s. It was actually an idea that The ant Man director Peyton Reed came up with it. He pitched a Fantastic Four movie set in the ’60s, but Fox rejected the idea. Now He’s Still Not Directing The MCUs The Fantastic Four as Wanda Vision director Matt Shakman was hired for the job. But ever since we heard about the Fantastic Four in the MCU, rumors have suggested that some or all of their story could be set in the ’60s. who could have sown the seeds of the eventual The Fantastic Four movie in Quantumania itself.
The Fantastic Four in the 1960s
The latest rumor comes from insider Daniel RPK who tweeted that The Fantastic Four will be a period piece. He confirmed that Doctor Doom and Kang would not be the main villains. Here is what he tweeted:
#MarvelStudios Coming #Fantastic Four will take place in the past 60s. They will be a team out of time. Neither Kang nor a Fate is the villain. #Kang will be in the movie but he’s there to connect the band to the two #Avengers movies. it’s not strictly an origin story but we’ll see pic.twitter.com/E5t982ign9
—RPK (@RPK_NEWS11) November 16, 2022
This is not a new report however. The connection with Kang was always anticipated. And even Doctor Strange 2 gave us plausible evidence for the period.
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Past Evidence of the Fantastic Four Era
Multiverse of Madness somewhat teased the origin story of the Fantastic Four on Earth-616. During his encounter with the Illuminati on Earth-838, when Baron Mordo introduced Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange responded by saying “Didn’t you draw in the 60s? » This was obviously just a joke referring to the Beatles, as they were commonly referred to as the Fab Four. But that jab was too specific! Any joke could have been made around the Fantastic Four, but Marvel specifically picked a joke that identified the 60s. So maybe the members of Earth’s Fantastic Four actually existed in the 1960s.
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It has also been theorized that their powers come from the Quantum Realm itself. A few years ago, Erik Voss of New Rockstars came up with an elaborate theory on how Quantumania could set up the origin of the Fantastic Four. It was basically stating that people like Reed Richards and co were scientists in the 1960s. They were working on a way to reach the quantum realm and succeeded in doing so. But like Jane Van Dyne, they got stuck in there, which is why they’ve been absent from the MCU.
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They’ve been in the Quantum Realm since their disappearance and that’s what gave them their precise powers. Their presence could be involved in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Then we might see a few years of their time in the Quantum Realm in their movie. And at the end of that, Kang could push them out of the Quantum Realm and bring them to the present day, as Daniel RPK suggests. After that, we would see their involvement in Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
It would be interesting to see if this rumor and theory comes true when the Fantastic Four arrives on February 14, 2025.
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