SPOILERS FOR DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS!!!!
Last week, we got the news that Spider-Man: No Way Home director Jon Watts officially dropped out of the new Fantastic Four film. This is one of the MCU movies I am most excited for, and, while I think Jon Watts is a good director, there are certainly more exciting people that could direct that movie. Here are my top five picks for possible directors of Fantastic Four. And this is a second warning, but there are spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness here.
5. Guy Ritchie (Aladdin, Wrath of Man)
Guy Ritchie is one of the most distinctive directors out there. He always crafts entertaining movies that have a certain flair to them. He blends action and comedy really well. Aladdin is one of the best Disney live-action remakes, and I thought he did a great job with that. His action scenes are really entertaining. I feel like he'd be able to balance Marvel's first family really well. Obviously, he's not my top pick, but I'd be excited if he was announced as the director of this film.
4. Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol)
Brad Bird is, I think, a prime candidate to direct a Marvel movie. His career is more focused on Pixar movies, like The Incredibles and Ratatouille, but in the last ten years, he's done some Mission: Impossible, he did Tomorrowland, so he's able to do good live-action movies. The Incredibles franchise has two of the best superhero movies ever made, and they are a very similar group to the Fantastic Four, so I would absolutely love it if he were to direct this movie.
3. Steven Spielberg (Jaws, Jurassic Park)
Now, I doubt that this will happen. Spielberg is one of the greatest filmmakers out there, and Marvel doesn't tend to grab Oscar-winning directors for their movies. But I think he'd suit this movie perfectly. What Spielberg is good at is bringing a sense of fun, wonder, and emotion into his films. That seems like the right direction to go with Fantastic Four. There's no chance that Spielberg directs this movie. But it'd be awesome if he did.
2. Rian Johnson (Knives Out, Looper)
The first thing everyone thinks of when they hear Rian Johnson's name is The Last Jedi. While that movie is bad, Johnson is actually a world-class director. Knives Out is one of the best movies of the last ten years. Looper is a fantastic sci-fi thriller that has the mark of a great director splattered all over it. Johnson is one of the best talents that Marvel hasn't picked up yet. I'd absolutely love it if he did this movie.
1. John Krasinski (A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place Part II)
While any of the directors I've previously mentioned would be great...it's not even close. This pick seems so obvious. John Krasinski popped up in Multiverse of Madness as Mr. Fantastic, and he was awesome. He's been rumored to be that character for so many years. I'd love for him to be the main Reed Richards of the MCU, and, if he's going to be the leader of the Fantastic Four, he should direct the movie also. He's done an amazing job with A Quiet Place. There's no question who should direct this movie. It'd be so poetic.