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Marvel Studios' Decision To Change Fantastic Four's Tone Could Alienate Fans
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Marvel Studios’ Decision To Change Fantastic Four’s Tone Could Alienate Fans

Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four Gets A New Writer As Josh Friedman Is Hired To Rewrite The Script, Potentially Indicating A Change In Tone For The MCU’s Upcoming Sci-fi Epic.

By Amitabh Mukherji
April 1,2023

Marvel Studios is set to introduce the Fantastic Four in a 2025 release date directed by Matt Shakman. The film has been described as an ‘optimistic’ sci-fi epic and is expected to surprise fans as development on the project continues.

New Writer Hired For Fantastic Four Script

Fantastic Four Cast

Fantastic Four 

According to a recent report, Josh Friedman, the writer of Avatar 2, has been hired to rewrite the script for Fantastic Four. Friedman’s hiring could indicate a change in tone for the film, moving away from the comedic fare of the original writers Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer.

Friedman’s Dramatic Portfolio And Significance To Fantastic Four

Josh Friedman

Friedman has a background in epic sci-fi storytelling, having worked on the Avatar universe, Tom Cruise-led War of the Worlds films, and the Terminator franchise. His hiring is a significant move for the MCU’s Fantastic Four as it indicates a different direction for the film.

Marvel Studios’ Reason For Hiring Friedman

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Marvel Studios

Marvel Studios knows that the introduction of the Fantastic Four into the MCU is crucial and has to get it right. Kaplan and Springer’s take on the film was likely to have a lighter tone with humor at the forefront. However, Marvel Studios may have been influenced by the middling response to recent titles such as Thor: Love and Thunder and Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, which had their funny bone prominently on their sleeves.

Friedman’s Epic Sci-Fi Take On Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

Friedman’s take on Fantastic Four is expected to be an epic sci-fi tale with occasional humor but not the backbone of the film. The team fits well into the gripping science-fiction milieu, making Friedman’s hire a shocking but potentially beneficial twist in the film’s development.

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