Not long after it was announced that The Marvels and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania were switching release dates, Jon Watts has announced that he will no longer be directing Marvel Studios’ highly-anticipated Fantastic Four reboot. According to Deadline, the director needs to take a break from directing superhero movies, and that his departure from the film is “amicable.”
In a statement, Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito explained that “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, on the other hand, explained that “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.”
It is unclear if Watts will return to direct the next Spider-Man film in the MCU, which Sony and Marvel Studios expect him to do, but, according to Deadline, if he were to drop out, it would be down the road. The search is on for another director to bring the First Family back on the big screen again!