This Funny & Sneaky Avenger Will Reportedly Introduce the Fantastic Four Into the MCU: What Will Become of the Family of Explorers?

How will the Fantastic Four join the Marvel Cinematic Universe— the primary question on fans’ minds ever since the Fox/Disney merger placed the previously mishandled family of explorers under Kevin Feige’s watchful eye? 

While theories concerning the beloved web-slinger have surfaced, as well as a possible Doctor Doom gateway via Black Panther 2, new information suggests that Ant-Man 3 will be responsible for paving the Fantastic Four entrance. So, who says so, and why does such an entrance make sense? 

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According to Marvel insider Mikey Sutton — announcing his latest scoop to Geekosity: All Things Pop CultureAnt-Man 3 will be responsible for introducing the beloved Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and the Thing. So much for Paul Rudd’s demotion to Disney+ series following Ant-Man and the Wasp; that rumor is slowly fading into the abyss where it belongs. 

Details provided concerning the Fantastic Four in the MCU

When it comes to the Fantastic Four, getting the story right is essential, and a solid entrance goes a long way. First impressions last, which may be why choosing the MCU’s funny guy to introduce the team is a smart move. What makes for more humor than a bunch of scientists and an ex-con trying to figure out the details of the Quantum Realm? According to Sutton, the plan is as follows: 

Each Fantastic Four movie will find them journeying into a strange lands, worlds, or dimensions.  Insiders tell me that the origin will be tweaked. What they’re talking about is the FF acquiring their powers while on a mission into  the Negative Zone. Whether the Negative Zone is actually the Quantum Realm remains to be seen but the possibility of that is high; if so, that could place their introduction in Ant-Man 3.

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So, it looks like the origin story will be tweaked, avoiding the intergalactic mission that goes awry, which should come as no surprise. Hollywood installments focusing on the team have proven that this origin tale does not transfer well to the silver screen — it often lacks both believability and entertainment value. So, a mission to the Negative zone, which may turn out to be the Quantum Realm, could leave Ant-Man bumping into the family of explorers who, after time, become a family of superheroes. 

What will become of the Fantastic Four in the MCU? 

If Sutton’s claims turn out to be true — and the Fantastic Four installments focus on journeys far and wide — they could bump into various Avengers for mash-ups in a fashion similar to the Guardians of the Galaxy. 

They would theoretically learn how to employ their gifts for combat with each passing installment. Meaning, they would start out as discoverers and scientists, as Sutton explains. They would not immediately be a combat ready crew of supers.

And, if rumors surrounding Doctor Doom in the MCU turn out to be true, it goes without saying that the Fantastic Four will be there for the epic battle that awaits.

And finally, in the comics, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four have multiple run-ins; thus, here’s to hoping the web-slinger teams up with the Fantastic Four in the future, finding a mentor in Reed Richards. Spider-Man and Reed Richards could easily develop a professor-pupil dynamic, as both are technologically gifted and scientifically inclined.