With a string of movies ranging from mediocre to full-on flop, Marvel's First Family has yet to find its footing on the silver screen. Perhaps the Fantastic Four could find their cinematic mojo with a move to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Scott Derrickson, writer/director of "Doctor Strange," seems to think so.
In an interview with Screen Rant, Derrickson revealed that Reed Richards and company are among the heroes he'd most like to see come home to the MCU. When asked which heroes he'd like to see next introduced to Marvel's sprawling cinematic juggernaut, Derrickson said, "I still have hope that Fantastic Four can be properly brought into the MCU. 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. That’s my honest answer."
Film rights to the Fantastic Four wound up with 20th Century Fox back in the 1990s when Marvel Comics was licensing characters (Spider-Man and The X-Men among them) to studios to stave off bankruptcy. As long as Fox produces a Fantastic Four every few years, the rights will remain with that studio, rather than Disney-owned Marvel Studios.
For fans hoping to see Reed Richards and company make a proper MCU debut, there may be hope. The rights to Daredevil (also previously held by Fox) reverted back to Marvel in 2013, paving the way for "Marvel's Daredevil" on Netflix. And of course, Sony and Disney/Marvel brokered a deal to share the rights to Spider-Man, securing that character's long-awaited MCU debut in last year's "Captain America: Civil War." Time will tell if something is possible with the Fantastic Four, but as of now the property has stayed put with Fox, who released its most recent FF film in 2015.