Graphic artist The Imaginative Hobbyist imagines actor Mark Wahlberg as Fantastic Four’s Ben Grimm aka The Thing.

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Since Disney officially acquired Fox and regained the rights to the Fantastic Four, rumors and speculation of how and when Marvel Studios will introduce Marvel’s First Family have run wild.

However, we did get some solid information from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige back in January 2019.

He indicated they could be working on developing the Fantastic Four and X-Men within the first six months of 2020.

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Feige stated:

“We’ve been told it’s looking very, very good and could happen in the first six months of next year. The notion of the characters coming back is great. It’s nice when a company that created all these characters can have access to all those characters. It’s unusual not to. But in terms of actually thinking about it and actually planning things, we haven’t started that yet.

Following this statement, there wasn’t a lot of chatter surrounding the Fantastic Four. There wouldn’t be given Feige noted they wouldn’t start developing the project until the first six months of 2020.

However, at San Diego Comic-Con, Feige confirmed the Fantastic Four would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), “I’m extremely excited about those characters and about bringing Marvel’s first family up to the level and platform that they deserve.”

He noted they were nowhere near casting or even working out the story.

But a rumor did surface on how the Fantastic Four would be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Related: New Rumor Reveals How The Fantastic Four Will Be Introduced Into Marvel Cinematic Universe

That rumor detailed that the Fantastic Four already exist in the MCU and even operated alongside Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. However, they get trapped in the Negative Zone. They will somehow figure out a way to get out and arrive in the present day without having aged.

Related: Rumor: Fantastic Four Film Will Introduce Old School Herald of Galactus to Challenge Captain Marvel in MCU

More rumors began to surface as we got to the end of 2019. One of the latest indicated that Marvel Studios had begun mapping out ideas for their Fantastic Four film and would even introduce Frankie Raye as a Herald of Galactus.

And an even more recent rumor indicates the Fantastic Four might actually be introduced in a similar fashion to how Thanos was teased at the end of The Avengers.

The Thing

Related: Rumor: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Will Introduce The Illuminati

This latest rumor details that The Illuminati will be introduced at the end of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Of note is that the rumor indicates Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four will be a member of this group just as he was in the comics.

The Fantastic Four are definitely on their way!

What do you make of Mark Wahlberg as Ben Grimm aka The Thing? Who do you want to play The Thing?

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