Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film to adopt the multiverse concept. That’s why, No Way Home was so much anticipated by fans and a huge success when it was released. The success of No Way Home certainly cannot be separated from the hands of the director, namely Jon Watts.
Apart from directing No Way Home, Watts also directed Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). In December 2020, Marvel Studios announced that Watts was officially directing the Fantastic Four film project. Two years after the announcement, Watts suddenly announced he was stepping down as director of Fantastic Four!
Reported by Deadline, the reason Watts resigned from Fantastic Four was because he wanted to take a break from the world of superhero films after completing the MCU version of the Spider-Man trilogy. Marvel Studios has also confirmed Watts’ departure from the Fantastic Four project. Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, even spoke out about Watts’ decision.
“Collaborating with Jon Watts on Spider-Man was a real pleasure. We look forward to working with Watts to bring the Fantastic Four to the MCU. However, we understand and support his reasons for withdrawing. We are optimistic that we will have the opportunity to work together again in the future,” Feige said.
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Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have confirmed that they will be working on a sequel to No Way Home. Watts is still expected to return to work on the sequel project. Despite stepping down from the Fantastic Four, Watts is currently still a part of the sequel project No Way Home.