Scott Derrickson has been using his newly-elevated profile to sound off on all kinds of things lately. If you follow the director on social media, you’ve likely seen that he’s relishing the added exposure awarded to him thanks to his work on Marvel’s Doctor Strange. One interesting topic he was recently asked to give his two cents on was which character(s) he’d most like to see enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As you likely know, if you’re at a site like LRM, before there was a Marvel Studios, Marvel Comics used to pimp out there characters to different studios in order to get movies made. Sony gobbled up the film rights to Spider-Man, Universal had the rights to The Incredible Hulk, and Fox grabbed the X-Men rights, for example. Then, once Marvel Studios was founded and wanted to start making its own Cinematic Universe that included all of its beloved characters, they started bringing some characters home.
While characters like Spidey, Hulk, Daredevil, and The Punisher have all found their way home there are still others that are scattered around. Among them are the X-Men and The Fantastic Four, both of which are Fox’s property at the moment. While most people have given up on the idea of the X-Men coming to Marvel Studios, Derrickson is hoping that Fantastic Four can make the trip.
Here’s what he told ScreenRant when asked about the topic of who he’d love to see come to the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“I mean, thereâ€™s a lot of discussion about Moon Knight maybe coming into the MCU. I think thatâ€™s a good idea. I dunnoâ€¦Actually, scratch that answer. Hereâ€™s my answer.
My answer is this: I still have hope that Fantastic Four can be properly brought into the MCU because a lot of Doctor Strange â€“ thatâ€™s the comment I read the most during that. I love those characters and I think that they still deserve another shot at finding a true home in the MCU. I still have hope for that. Thatâ€™s my honest answer.”
So it sounds like Derrickson, who seems to know his comic books, is passing on the wishes of many fans with whom he’s gotten to speak since becoming involved with Doctor Strange. Of all the Marvel properties that have yet to get a proper introduction to the MCU, Derrickson wants the Fantastic Four leave Fox to come and play with Stephen Strange and The Avengers.
Can’t say that’d be a bad idea. Fox has taken two cracks at creating a sustainable Fantastic Four franchise, and both fizzled out. The latter attempt was a failure on such a catastrophic level that it seemingly killed the once-promising career of Josh Trank, and it forced Fox to abandon its plans for an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover.
What do you think? Should Fantastic Four be a top priority for Marvel Studios’ acquisition department? Or would you rather they focus their attention elsewhere? Are you cool with letting properties that have already been attempted remain in purgatory while Marvel mines characters we’ve never seen before at all, like Moon Knight? Sound off below!