Marvel's The Fantastic Four Takes Place in the 1960s
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MCU Enthusiasts Speculate That Fantastic Four Takes Place In The 1960s Due To A Significant Clue

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BY February 15, 2024

The cast announcement for Marvel’s The Fantastic Four was made with a Valentine’s Day-themed image, and keen observers believe that the art might contain hints about the period in which the movie is set.

The cast reveal image for The Fantastic Four showcases Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm, and Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm in vibrant illustrations. Notable details include Moss-Bachrach in an astronaut suit in a hanging picture and a robot companion with a mug featuring the superhero group’s symbol. A key detail that enthusiasts have pointed out is the magazine being read by The Thing.

Marvel’s Fans Suspect The Fantastic Four’s 1960s Setting Based on Key Clue

The content on the magazine cover in Marvel’s The Fantastic Four cast reveal image is somewhat challenging to discern even with zooming in. However, the red block and white letters strongly resemble the Life magazine logo. A brief investigation indicates a notable issue from December 1963, featuring Lyndon B. Johnson, who became the President of the United States later that year after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The idea of a ’60s-set Fantastic Four movie gains more credibility when considering the overall aesthetics in the cast reveal image. The artistic style evokes the glamour of the 1960s, mirrored in the minimalist furniture and sparkling stars framing the image. Notably, the fashion, including the white boots worn by Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, aligns with the styles of that era. Even the Marvel Studios logo above the film’s title receives a distinctive touch reminiscent of the ’60s.

The role of a film set in the 1960s in the Marvel Cinematic Universe remains uncertain. In addition, most of the heroes act in the present or early future. MCU characters have engaged in time travel and dimension hopping. However, Marvel has not officially revealed the time frame of Fantastic Four. Therefore, it’s advisable to temper expectations until more details are unveiled.

Fans must be patient, as Marvel does not anticipate a release until July 25, 2025. Meanwhile, there are three MCU movies –Deadpool and Wolverine, Captain America: Brave New World and Thunderbolts. Plus upcoming Disney+ series, such as Agatha: Darkhold Diaries.

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