- The Fantastic Four’s costumes should stick to the iconic blue and black design from the comics to maintain their recognizable look in the MCU.
- The team’s logo should be incorporated into their costumes to create a sense of unity and connection, but it should be designed in a way that feels subtle yet impactful.
- The science behind the Fantastic Four’s suits, such as the use of unstable molecules and their adaptive capabilities, should be explained to highlight the high-tech nature of the costumes and their importance to the team’s abilities.
There are several necessary requirements that Marvel Studios needs to consider when designing the superhero suits for Marvel’s First Family in their Fantastic Four reboot. The Fantastic Four were confirmed to be joining the MCU at SDCC 2019, but their debut project isn’t scheduled for release until May 2, 2025, expected to kick off the MCU’s Phase 6. The Fantastic Four are among the most highly-anticipated additions to the MCU’s Multiverse Saga, not least because their introduction into Marvel Comics in 1961 began a new era of storytelling and interconnectivity for the company, which paved the way for massive franchises like the MCU to unfold decades later.
The film rights to the Fantastic Four previously resided with 20th Century Fox, allowing the studio to produce three projects featuring two designs for their superhero suits. 2005’s Fantastic Four and 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer produced fairly comic-accurate representations of the team and their costumes, while 2015’s reviled Fantastic Four reboot was vastly different. The team has been teased in the MCU, as John Krasinski debuted as Earth-838’s Reed Richards in Phase 4, but the MCU’s official Fantastic Four cast is yet to be revealed. Even so, Marvel Studios should stick to these ten requirements when designing the team and their iconic costumes.
10 MCU’s Fantastic Four Suits Must Keep The Comics’ Blue & Black Design
Although the Fantastic Four’s costumes have gone through many design changes since their debut in Marvel Comics’ The Fantastic Four #1 in 1961, their most iconic look comprises blue, skin-tight costumes with black details around the waist and neck and black gloves. The team sported these blue and black costumes for over 190 issues until they swapped these for a blue and white design in 1981. They eventually returned to their original design after 2015’s Secret Wars event, cementing this color scheme as the team’s most recognizable, meaning the Fantastic Four should be introduced to the MCU with their blue and black costumes.
9 The Fantastic Four Need A Strong Logo In The MCU
One of the trademarks of each iteration of the Fantastic Four’s costumes in Marvel Comics is the team’s logo displayed clearly on their chests. This helps create synergy and connection between each member of the team, and even though it runs the risk of feeling campy in the live-action MCU, this design should still be kept. To avoid the team’s logo feeling out of place, Marvel Studios needs to design a strong logo for the Fantastic Four that is subtle but carries the same weight as the logo in Marvel Comics. John Krasinski’s superhero suit as Mister Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness did this brilliantly.
8 Reed Richards Needs To Explain The Science Of The Fantastic Four’s Suits
The Fantastic Four’s costumes aren’t only pieces of clothing but are also high-tech pieces of equipment, which needs to be explained and understood when they debut in the MCU. In Marvel Comics, the costumes are made from “unstable molecules” that allow the suits to adapt to each of the Fantastic Four’s abilities. The suits also insulate the Fantastic Four against electrical assaults, and act as wearable computers, with a complete data processing system woven into the fabric on a molecular level. This provides a real-time up-link of each member’s vitals and condition and acts as a tracker, and these specifications will be vital to the team’s unity in the MCU.
7 The Suits Need To Look Good When The Fantastic Four Are Using Their Powers
The fact that the Fantastic Four’s costumes are attuned to their specific abilities means that they can use their powers while wearing the suits without damaging them. Reed Richards’ costume stretches, Sue Storm’s becomes invisible, Johnny Storm’s ignites without burning up, and the Thing’s withstands his rocky body. This is key to the Fantastic Four’s success in Marvel Comics, so needs to be adapted into their MCU costumes, but Marvel Studios needs to pay attention to this to ensure the costumes look believable when the team is using their powers. With some recent criticism aimed at the MCU’s visual effects, this must be a point of attention for Marvel Studios.
6 Fantastic Four Costumes Need To Be Bright & Vibrant
When several previous Marvel Comics heroes have been adapted into the MCU, their superhero suits have been dulled-down to better fit the realistic tones of the live-action franchise. This will likely happen to the Fantastic Four, too, but their costumes should retain the vibrant tones they do in Marvel Comics. The Fantastic Four’s fun family dynamic is one of the most entertaining aspects of the team, and this can be reflected in the brightness and vividness of their superhero suits, while still grounding the costumes to make them feel realistic. The Fantastic Four’s suits are an iconic shade of blue, so this should be retained in the MCU.
5 The Thing’s First Costume Should Include The Helmet
While Ben Grimm, a.k.a. the Thing, is most recognized for wearing only shorts, the team’s first few adventures saw the Thing sport a full-body suit and a helmet to boot. The helmet represented Grimm’s hatred over his new body but was soon removed to allow for ease of movement, though it did return years after the Thing was injured in battle against Wolverine. Grimm’s anger at his body is a key piece of his character evolution, so must be shown in the MCU. Including his helmet would be a great representation of this, and a throwback to the team’s original comic adventures.
4 John Krasinski’s Reed Richards Suit Shouldn’t Look Too Different From MCU’s Official Fantastic Four
Despite depicting Earth-838’s Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, John Krasinski likely won’t be portraying the character in the MCU’s main continuity. Even so, the superhero suits of the MCU’s official Fantastic Four team shouldn’t be too dissimilar to Krasinski’s, as variants have been shown to wear similar costumes, only with small variations. Krasinski’s Fantastic Four suit struck a clear balance between the classic looks from Marvel Comics and a more modern take on the costumes, which would be perfect for the MCU’s official team. This also suggests Marvel Studios will stick with the original blue and black design, which would be a great choice.
3 The Suits Need To Be Sleek & Modern
The Fantastic Four’s original Marvel Comics costumes were designed in 1961, so will need to be updated for their live-action debut in the MCU in 2025, while still keeping the same themes as their classic design. There is speculation that the MCU’s Fantastic Four may have been operating in the 1960s, perhaps allowing for a retro look for the team. Nevertheless, when they’re brought into the present day of the MCU, their costumes will need to adopt a more sleek and modern look like Captain America’s costume did in the MCU’s Phase 1. The Fantastic Four must not look gimmicky wwhen surrounded by more modern heroes.
2 The Fantastic Four’s Suits Shouldn’t Look Too Similar To Other Blue-Suited Heroes
While focus needs to be put on the Fantastic Four’s costumes adopting a modern vibe for the MCU’s present day, Marvel Studios also needs to pay attention to the fact that their costumes may seem similar to other blue-suited superheroes. Both Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson’s Captain Americas sport blue costumes in the MCU, the bulk of Doctor Strange’s garbs are blue, and even the Guardians of the Galaxy received new, blue uniforms in the MCU’s Phase 5. Marvel Studios needs to make sure that the Fantastic Four’s costumes are original and distinguishable and must avoid simply copying the designs of previous MCU costumes.
1 MCU’s Fantastic Four Shouldn’t Only Use One Costume
While the blue and black theme is perhaps the Fantastic Four’s most recognizable look, the team has sported several different outfits over the course of their Marvel Comics career, and this provides some great opportunities for costume changes in the MCU’s future. Between 1981 and 1998, the Fantastic Four sported blue and white costumes before the black and white-themed Future Foundation was formed after Johnny Storm passed away. When Johnny returned, however, the suits transformed again into a red and black design, before reverting to blue and black later on. These changes present some great opportunities for Marvel Studios to experiment with the costumes for the MCU’s Fantastic Four.