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Spider-man: No Way Home director, Jon Watts, steps back from Fantastic Four project at Marvel

May 4th, 2022 by Marc Comments

Bit of an upset for the MCU this week, gang.

As we’ve known for a while now, Jon Watts, director of the three MCU Spider-man movies, has been attached to direct the MCU’s Fantastic Four movie (here) but, joining Fast X’s Justin Lin who walker from the Fast and Furious franchise earlier this week (here), he’s no longer attached to the project.

However, unlike Lin, it seems that Watts is just stepping back as he needs a break from the Marvel pressure, having just delivered the Spider-man trilogy.

Marvel heads Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito said in an accompanying statement: “Collaborating with Jon on the Spider-Man films has been a true pleasure. We were looking forward to continuing our work with him to bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU but understand and are supportive of his reasons for stepping away. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again at some point down the road.”

While Watts’ next project was set to be Fantastic Four, we understand he’s working on an Apple TV thriller starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney. We fully expect the Fantastic Four to move ahead as planned with a new talent behind the lens although no release date has ever been touted.

We’re also hearing that Watts is still attached to the next Spider-man outing in the MCU.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….