We are still counting the days to when Marvel will finally have their first family back. After three movies, with the latest donned a failure by critics, is it time for Fox to give up the film rights of the Fantastic Four? Many say yes, and even Miles Teller would like to return if such a thing transpires. The question is, like in the case of mutants and the X-Men: How do you introduce the Fantastic Four to the MCU? The simple answer is to introduce them as new players to the superhero game, but after two origin stories and a bad Galactus, there are many more interesting ways to bring them home. Today we’ll explore four ways that Marvel could introduce the Fantastic Four to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
4. They’ve Been On A Mission In Outer Space
What better way to introduce a team of heroes whose origin is tied to the cosmos, than to have them come home from a great cosmic adventure. This scenario could be perfectly created with the Guardians of the Galaxy. We could then see the Fantastic Four make their return back to Earth when Thanos starts causing havoc during the Infinity War. It would probably be the case that some of the Avengers wouldn’t know who the Fantastic Four are, but, as many fans have stated before, a simple line from Tony Stark or Nick Fury could fix that. It could go something like this: “Mr. Richards, we thought we lost you forever.” To explain their absence all these years, the Four could’ve been on a mission in space that went south. Of course, being the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist that Tony Stark is, he could’ve had a hand on the mission, or most likely, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury.
3. Back From The Future
In the ongoing fight for Earth against Thanos in the upcoming Avengers movies, the Fantastic Four could make their appearance coming from an apocalyptic future where Thanos won. Their reason to return to the past of course, would be to aid Earth’s mightiest heroes and stop the apocalypse from happening. Depending on how time travel and the concept of time is presented and explained in the MCU, that Fantastic Four from the future could probably cease to exist after they defeat Thanos, as it could’ve been Thanos's interaction with Earth that would have lead to their transmutation and powers. This is a different route from the comics for an origin story of the Fantastic Four, but once their future versions help the Avengers save the future, their present versions could then start us off with the Marvel Fantastic Four origin movie we’ve all been waiting for. It could as well introduce us to time traveler Kang the Conqueror.
2. The Grandmaster
We will see the Grandmaster (played by Jeff Goldblum) next year in Thor: Ragnarok, but his inclusion in the MCU opens up many possibilities, especially one that could perfectly create the introduction of the Fantastic Four. Since we’ll see some sort of the Planet Hulk storyline play out in the movie, and probably a version of Contest of Champions to some degree, what if Grandmaster has captured the Fantastic Four and added them to his contest? Not only would we see the Hulk battle it out against Thor, but we could see Thor and the Hulk be the ones to save and actually introduce the Fantastic Four to the MCU. It would be a neat way to bring them home (and a funny nod to Fox, as having them tucked away — incarcerated by Grandmaster — could be an allusion to Fox’s ownership of their film rights). Like theory No. 4, a line from Tony, or Bruce Banner, could jolt the Avenger’s memory on the Four and later on, in Phase 4, we could have a Fantastic Four origin movie.
1. Different Realities And Galactus
If the Fantastic Four’s film rights return to Marvel, that could also mean that they’d also receive the rights to the Silver Surfer and Galactus. The Fantastic Four could then, by the ways of Doctor Strange or another reality-altering hero or Infinity Stone, make an appearance from another dimension within the multiverse once the fight with Thanos was over. In light of defeating Thanos, the Fantastic Four could then assure the Avengers that they’ve got bigger problems: Galactus, who’s coming to devour that reality’s Earth (Similar to FF: Rise of the Silver Surfer). This could set up Marvel’s Phase 4, making Galactus the Big Bad villain while formally introducing us to Marvel’s first family.
One thing to note is that in all of these scenarios, the Fantastic Four would be already existing in the MCU (new cast too), which leaves us wondering then, where is Doctor Doom? If the Fantastic Four return to Marvel and the heroes are introduced in some capacity like we’ve discusses today, then, remember that underwater prison from Captain America: Civil War? That’s a good place to start speculating on his whereabouts (or Latveria, but that would be too simple).
What do you think though? Can you think of any more interesting ways that the Fantastic Four could be introduced to the MCU? Leave your thoughts down in the comments!