The following story contains spoilers for WandaVision.
- In WandaVision episode 5, Monica Rambeau references an aerospace engineer.
- This, a convincing fan theory suggests, could be the first MCU reference to the Fantastic Four.
- A Fantastic Four movie was announced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in December 2020.
It’s no secret that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going to take its stab at the Fantastic Four. Since Disney’s 2019 purchase of 20th Century Fox, the MCU gained the ability to work Mr. Incredible, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and Thing into its world, and in December it was announced that a new movie was on the way. And now a fairly convincing theory is making the case that Episode 5 of WandaVision took the first steps to officially bring the Fantastic Four into the MCU.
There have been two previous attempts to adapt Marvel’s “First Family,” as they’re called, for the big screen in the last two decades; neither particularly took off. The first go (which featured Chris Evans as Human Torch) wasn’t an out-and-out disaster, but it wasn’t the supersmash it could have been. A reboot in 2015 could have been good (and with a cast that included Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell, maybe it should have been), but behind-the-scenes drama led to it being a complete critical and commercial failure.
So while the Fantastic Four may be a difficult property to adapt, the bar as of now is fairly low. And it seems they might already be working their way into getting it right.
The theory that the MCU is already introducing the Fantastic Four comes from TikTok user straw_hat_goofy, and puts together some of the pieces quite nicely. We start with Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), now ejected by Wanda from The Hex, talking with Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) about potentially returning people (or objects) back in. Monica very casually—but not exactly subtly—mentions that she knows an aerospace engineer who could be up for the challenge.
The only aerospace engineer this could be, straw_hat_goofy suggests, is Reed Richards, also known as Mr. Fantastic. He continues, suggesting that we’ve already learned that SWORD is undermanned after the blip and looking for new recruits. We also know that the Fantastic Four are generally space explorers, and that Reed Richards—considered one of the smartest characters in all of superhero comics—is a master of not only aerospace engineering but also electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry…basically all science.
We also see Monica texting the engineer she speaks of. Now, there’s a chance she was just texting to get the vintage drone and we don’t see or hear of the engineer again in WandaVision. But it could also mean that the person makes his or her way to the Hex and we see them in a little bit.
It’s also pointed out in straw_hat_goofy’s video that just as Monica makes the reference to the aerospace engineer, we see a ‘4’ on the white board behind her. A 4 that’s shockingly similar to the Fantastic Four logo Marvel recently unveiled.
Take a look:
Not bad, Marvel. But never underestimate this fandom’s ability to put the pieces together.
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If we choose to believe this theory—and it makes a pretty solid case—there are a couple directions in which we could go from here. If the “aerospace engineer” Monica’s talking about is, indeed, Reed Richards, we could wind up seeing him at some point in the remaining WandaVision episodes. We haven’t heard anything about the MCU’s Fantastic Four casting, but we know that a film from Marvel’s Spider-Man director Jon Watts is on the way.
It’s possible the Fantastic Four—or at least just Reed Richards—was cast under the radar, and a first appearances was quietly filmed.
It’s also possible that we get a RR namecheck—just a nibble—but don’t actually see him in the flesh for years. The MCU previously did just that in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when they referenced Stephen Strange—then not the Sorcerer Supreme but just a high-profile surgeon—as being on HYDRA’s hit list. Benedict Cumberbatch wasn’t even officially cast in the role until December 2014, a few months after Winter Soldier‘s release.
It remains to be seen whether this theory tying the Fantastic Four to WandaVision will prove true. But we can be confident that the Fantastic Four are coming—and we know the MCU likes to weave in clues, easter eggs, and, again, a little bit of catnip for fans to obsess and analyze over. Official confirmation (or at least more clues) could be coming in the coming in the coming weeks. But for now we’ll just have to keep our detective hats on.
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