Jon Watts Exits Fantastic Four as the Director

MCU Fantastic Four

It looks like Marvel‘s Fantastic Four is off to a bumpy start as Jon Watts has left the company’s reboot. Directors leaving projects before they get rolling isn’t uncommon with Marvel films and not much should be read into the decision.

Watts directed all three of Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man films turning them into a multi-billion dollar cinematic hit.

The decision by Watts is reported as his wanting to “step away from superhero filmmaking”.

In a statement, Watts said:

Making three ‘Spider-Man’ films was an incredible and life changing experience for me. I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years. I’m hopeful we’ll work together again and I can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life.

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige in a separate statement said:

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.

Watts was announced as the director of Fantastic Four during the Disney Investor Day presentation in December 2020. No release date has been announced.