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The Fantastic Four (2025)

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The Fantastic Four or The Fantastic 4 is an upcoming superhero film based on the comic book series of the same name by Marvel Comics. In February 2024, it was announced that The Fantastic Four is set to debut on July 25th, 2025, as a part of the MCU and will star actors Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Joseph Quinn as the titular characters. The announcement in early 2024 prompted a notable amount of coverage in the media, as well as discourse and memes referencing it.


After Disney gained the rights to The Fantastic Four through the acquisition of 21st Century Fox in 2019, the film was finally announced at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20th, 2019. Matt Shakman, who directed the Disney+ series WandaVision, will be directing the film, according to Forbes.[1] The news was soon shared by Screenrant on Twitter / X,[2] with the official @screenrant account live-tweeting about the Marvel panel, including the news of The Fantastic Four being confirmed at the very end. The July 20th tweet received 1,700 likes in roughly five years (seen below).

SR Screen Rant Jul 20, 2019 @screenrant Follow Replying to @screenrant #BlackWidow sizzle reel just played. Featured a fight scene between Natasha and Pugh's Yelena Belova that looked awesome. Also confirmed the villain to be TASKMASTER #SDCC #SDCC2019 Screen Rant @screenrant Follow SR Quickly at the end of the panel Feige confirms #BlackPanther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Captain Marvel 2, AND THE FANTASTIC FOUR. Feige says, "There's not time left to talk about mutants." #SDCC #SDCC2019 9:43 PM Jul 20, 2019 1.7K X Reply ↑ Share Read 27 replies

On February 14th, 2024, @MarvelStudios announced the release date for The Fantastic Four, July 25th, 2025, in a Twitter / X post, which received 19,000 likes and 5,600 reposts in less than a day (seen below, left).

At roughly the same time, the cast was officially announced when @MarvelStudios and the official Marvel Entertainment X[3] account, @Marvel, posted a comic featuring drawings of the new cast alongside the announcement that the Fantastic Four will be played by Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Joseph Quinn. The post (seen below, right) received about 41,000 likes and 21,000 reposts in under a day.

Marvel Studios @Marvel Studios Marvel Studios' The Fantastic Four arrives in theaters July 25, 2025. MARVEL STUDIES MARVEL STUDIOS Fantastic 4 11:00 AM Feb 14, 2024 530.8K Views 280 5.6K 19K ( 530 MARVEL Marvel Entertainment βœ” @Marvel Happy Valentine's Day from Marvel's First Family! Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Joseph Quinn are The Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios' #TheFantastic Four, in theaters July 25, 2025. Happy Valentine's Day 283 11:01 AM - Feb 14, 2024 590K Views 4.2K M MARVEL-STUDIOS "Fantastic 4 8.5K 323 2024 MARVEL


After the announcement of the movie's cast on February 14th, 2024, the movie trended on social media, with many expressing interest or concern in the casting. For instance, on February 14th, X[4] user @InsertMontage, used a GIF from The Office to express appreciation for the announcements in a post that earned 150 likes in under a day (shown below). Others shared similar sentiments, likely due to the long hiatus between the film's initial confirmation and the 2024 announcement.

Patrick J. Hurst @InsertMontage H--------. They actually did it. We've finally got our #Fantastic Four cast lads Okay, it's happening. Everybody stay calm. Everybody stay calm! STAY F CKING CALMI II GIF ALT :

Some criticized the casting, particularly Joseph Quinn and Pedro Pascal. Quinn was a controversial choice due to one of his most notable roles being the character Eddie Munson from Stranger Things. Pascal was also somewhat controversial, partially because fans expected John Krasinski to play the role of Reed Richards, or Mr. Fantastic, instead due to his cameo as an alternate universe version of Richards in Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

For instance, on February 14th, 2024, X[6] user @hernandy_s criticized Quinn's slower response to the news on social media, earning over 7,000 likes and 360 retweets in 12 hours (seen below, left). At the same time, many, like X[5] user @REDACTEDSpider, defended the cast, arguing that the audience is eager to form biases about the actors' previous roles. The February 14th post by @REDACTEDSpider received approximately 3,000 likes in less than 12 hours (seen below, right).

Monkey D. Hernandy @hernandy_s They're all like "YEAH FAMILY!!!!" And then there's Joseph Quinn Liked by sydney_sweeney and 54,528 others lsLove _kirby Happy Valentine's Day everybody. Fr yours. Very honoured to take on Sue Storm, since 1961. I hope to do her justice. 844 comments 6:02 PM Feb 14, 2024 187.4K Views bachrach From our family to yours E'S!!! #thefantasticfour 47 comments ch 55 . k From our family to yours icFour, in theaters July 25, 202 367 34 comments rt Legend My quinn Fantastic. 5,522 comments igo 7K : 337 (β†’ That REDACTED Guy @REDACTEDSpider When Heath Ledger was casted as the Joker, it was met with negativity and push back from fans. When RDJ was casted as Tony, it was immediately questioned due to RDJs past. So maybe lay off of Pedro Pascal and Joseph Quinn, and let there performance speak for itself 8:04 PM Feb 14, 2024 65.9K Views 92 444 2.9K 129 : (β†’

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[1] Forbes – β€˜The Fantastic Four’ Cast Announced: What To Know About Its Stars

[2] Twitter / X – @screenrant

[3] Twitter / X – @Marvel

[4] Twitter / X – @InsertMontage

[5] Twitter / X – @REDACTEDSpider

[6] Twitter / X – @hernandy_s

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