If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Kevin Feige confirms Marvel Studios' Fantastic Four is a period piece - and it's not set in New York City (at least as we know it)

The MCU Fantastic Four is apparently starting outside the MCU.

Fantastic Four poster detail
Image credit: Ryan Meinerding (Marvel Studios)

The Fantastic Four are finally coming to the MCU - just not the MCU as we know it.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed new details about the 2025 Fantastic Four movie, confirmingly not only when it takes place, but also where - or at least where it isn't.

"Yes, very much so it's a period [piece]," Feige says in response to a question about it being set in the '60s during the June 26 edition of The Official Marvel Podcast. "And there was another piece of art we released with Johnny Storm flying in the air, and making a '4' symbol. There was a cityscape in the corner of that image, and there were a lot of smart people who noticed that that cityscape didn't look exactly like the New York we know (or existed) in the '60s in our world. And those were smart observations, I'll say."

As you can see from the image here (or cropped for detail above), the cityscape is an idealized futuristic one - the kind of future that American culture in the '60s popularized in what later became known as retrofuturism.

So, does this mean that the FF movie will be set in another Earth elsewhere in the multiverse, or are there some other kinds of time travel and reality-altering shenanigans going on? We'll have to wait a year or so before finding out.

Feige goes on to say that the Fantastic Four are "legendary pillars" of Marvel that Marvel Studios were never able to play with before now aside from a few teases. This is due to Marvel selling off the Fantastic Four rights in 1994 to 20th Century Fox - and those only returning in 2019 when Marvel Studios' parent company Disney bought the studio. Aside from Mr. Fantastic's cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (as played by John Krasinski, and not Pedro Pascal, who's playing the character in the FF movie; the multiverse is a wild thing, after all) and a few fun teases before, Marvel Studios hasn't gotten to play with the Fantastic Four in a significant way - until now.

Fantastic Four is scheduled to hit theaters July 25, 2025.

Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant: Chris Arrant is the Popverse's Editor-in-Chief. He has written about pop culture for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel, Newsarama, CBR, and more. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. (He/him)


Want to join the discussion? Please activate your account first.
Visit Reedpop ID if you need to resend the confirmation email.

View Comments (0)

Find out how we conduct our review by reading our review policy