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WandaVision Director Lands Fantastic Four Job

Matt Shakman reportedly set to direct the MCU’s Fantastic Four



Fantastic Four

The Marvel Cinematic Universe phase six will kick-off on November 8, 2024 with the release of the Fantastic Four and up until now there was a vacancy at director. This has now changed.

It has been revealed Matt Shakman will direct the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Shakman is known for his directing of WandaVision, the first MCU television show to hit Disney+ in 2021. He as also directed episodes of The Great, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fargo, and Game of Thrones. The WandaVision director was schedule too direct the 2023 Star Trek film, but has opted to work with Marvel instead. Paramount confirmed this saying “the timing didn’t align” for Shakman.

“Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we regret the timing didn’t align for him to direct our upcoming Star Trek film,” Paramount said. “We are grateful for his many contributions, are excited about the creative vision of this next chapter and look forward to bringing it to audiences all around world.”

Fantastic Four was originally set to be directed by Jon Watts known for his work as director on Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home. Watts is the creator and showrunner of the upcoming Star Wars: Skeleton Crew Disney+ series. Word is that Watts wanted to take a break from the world of superhero films.

Kevin Feige, President at Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, has noted the Fantastic Four film will not be an origin story like it’s two prior films under the 20th Century Fox banner. Little else is known about the film other than it will be part of the sixth phase and release in November 2024.

Shakman will use his success on WandaVision to bring a new feel to the reboot of Fantastic Four and regain the superhero team’s credit.

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Werewolf By Night Special Presentation Preview

The Werewolf By Night special presentation will premiere on Disney+ on Friday, October 7  just in time for the Halloween season.



Werewolf By Night Special Presentation
(Marvel Studios)

The Werewolf By Night special presentation will premiere on Disney+ on Friday, October 7 just in time for the Halloween season.

A secret group of monster hunters gather at Bloodstone Castle following the death of their leader and engage in a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic, which will bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.

Werewolf By Night, also known as A Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: Werewolf by Night, was co-directed by Michael Giacchino and Jaycob Maya. Giacchino is widely known for composing music for The Batman, Thor: Love and Thunder, Spider-Man: No Way Home, Jojo Rabbit, and so many more.

Gael García Bernal (Station Eleven, Old) stars in the title role of Jack Russell / Werewolf by Night along with Laura Donnelly (Tolkien, The Nevers) as Elsa Bloodstone and Harriet Sansom Harris (Licorice Pizza, Memento) as Verusa. Additional monster hunters include Al Hamacher as Billy Swan, Eugenie Bondurant as Linda, and Kirk Thatcher as Jovan, while Jaycob Maya, Daniel J. Watts, and Leonardo Nam appear in undisclosed roles. Also slated to appear in the special are Ulysses Bloodstone, Elsa’s monster-hunting father.

Members of the Time Variance Authority are expected to appear in the Werewolf By Night special presentation connecting it to another Disney+ series, Loki.

The Werewolf By Night special presentation will last 60 minutes and will share continuity with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the debut trailer we got our first glimpse of Man-Thing joining the MCU. Man-Thing previously made a Marvel appearance in the 2005 film, prior to the release of Iron Man in 2008 and the MCU.

The Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation is based on the Marvel Comics character by the same name. Werewolf By Night was created by Roy Thomas, Jeanie Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Mike Ploog. He first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #2 (February 1972).

Set those spooky calendars for October 7, 2022 as we get our first special from the minds of Marvel Studios on Disney+.

Werewolf By Night Special Presentation Trailer

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2024 Fantastic Four Film Grabs Writing Team

The 2024 Fantastic Four Marvel Cinematic Universe film has found its writing team with the hiring of up-and-coming screenwriters.



Fantastic Four
(Marvel Studios)

The 2024 Fantastic Four Marvel Cinematic Universe film has found its writing team with the hiring of up-and-coming screenwriters Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer.

The duo will join director Matt Shakman on the film to start forming what the movie will look like when it’s released as part of the sixth phase of the MCU slate of films. The relatively unknown writers penned the in-development film Disaster Wedding from director Max Barbakow. Deadline’s report suggests Kaplan and Springer have been working on the film for a moment, even before the hiring of Shakman as director.

Fantastic Four‘s creative team have a big challenge ahead of them as the first few attempts at the film with the super team have all fallen short. The Fantastic Four are some of the oldest and most beloved teams in Marvel Comics history and deserve a film that lives up to the teams lore. The 2005 film was dreadful and the sequel in 2007 also failing. Josh Trank, Jeremy Slater, and Simon Kinberg attempted a reboot in 2015, when 20th Century Fox still owned the rights, which was one of the worst rated comic book movies of all-time.

The MCU reboot will hit theaters as the first film in phase six on November 8, 2024 setting up what will end up being one of the greatest years in MCU history. At least that is the hope for Marvel and comic book movie fans around the world.

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28 Worst Rated Comic Book Movies Of All-Time

Some movies are not only the worst rated comic book movies of all-time, but are also some of the worst overall movies.



Worst Rated Comic Book Movies
(The Punisher / Lions Gate)

Some movies over the past number of years are not only the worst rated comic book movies of all-time, but are also some of the worst overall movies.

Movies on our list include movies which have source material based in a comic book. Some movies didn’t fit our bill, but are still bad movies. Most of the films on this list are from the big-two Marvel and DC Comics.

We base the worst rated comic book movies of all-time list on Rotten Tomatoes critic scores and some rankings include multiple movies as they tied for critic scores at the time of this list.

#18 – Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score: 29%

Worst Rated Comic Book Movies of All-Time

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Released: March 25, 2016

It’s been nearly two years since Superman’s (Henry Cavill) colossal battle with Zod (Michael Shannon) devastated the city of Metropolis. The loss of life and collateral damage left many feeling angry and helpless, including crime-fighting billionaire Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck). Convinced that Superman is now a threat to humanity, Batman embarks on a personal vendetta to end his reign on Earth, while the conniving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) launches his own crusade against the Man of Steel.

You would think Batman and Superman in the same film would not let the flick end up on the worst rated comic book movies of all-time list. Guess not.

The Punisher

Released: April 16, 2014

This dark action film, based on the comic book series, follows FBI agent Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) as he transforms into the vengeful Punisher after criminals murder his family, including his wife and son. Castle is gravely injured in the attack and believed to be dead by Howard Saint (John Travolta), the crime lord who ordered the hit. Following his recovery, Castle becomes a heavily armed vigilante who will stop at nothing to exact revenge on Saint and dismantle his underworld empire.

Punisher: War Zone

Released: December 5, 2008

Frank Castle, aka The Punisher (Ray Stevenson), turns the streets of New York City red as he wages a one man war against the crime syndicate responsible for the death of his wife and two kids. Aided by his trusted sidekick, Microchip (Wayne Knight), he almost kills Billy Russoti (Dominic West) and leaves him horribly disfigured. Billy renames himself Jigsaw and with the help of his crazed brother Loony Bin Jim, recruits criminals from every corner of the city to do battle with Frank.

Both punisher films end up on the worst rated comic book movies of all-time list. Luckily the saved the character with the Netflix series.


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