Ever since Disney bought 21st Century Fox and therefore the rights to previously chopped-and-sold Marvel Comics assets such as the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have made it clear when it comes to the casting of two iconic roles: they want John Krasinski and Emily Blunt as Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman.
While the idea began just like any other fan-casting does — which really amounts to nothing more than a bunch of people online finally agreeing about something — this particular instance has gained real momentum in recent months, specifically because Krasinski himself has expressed interest in the role.
Speaking to ComicBook while promoting A Quiet Place Part II, Krasinski reiterated his interest in joining the MCU as Reed Richards, one of Marvel Comics’ most legendary characters.
“I would love to do it,” he said. “I think to be a part of the Marvel world would be amazing anyway, and the fact that people would even consider me for that level of a part would be amazing. I genuinely have had no conversations or don’t know anything that’s happening with that. I’m awaiting Kevin’s [Feige, president of Marvel Studios] announcements of what the hell’s happening with that as much as you are.”
Krasinski also expressed an interest in directing a Marvel Cinematic Universe film during that same interview:
“Wow, that’s a cool idea,” Krasinski said. “It’s so interesting because I’m such a huge fan of Marvel. I think they do their own… They have such a great formula. Yeah, I’d jump in there. In Kevin I trust. That dude is not only the most talented guy, but the nicest guy. Yeah, whatever he wants, we’d discuss it.” [via ComicBook]
Given the clear interest from both fans and Krasinski himself, it’s simply a matter of when his casting as Reed Richards becomes official, especially if his real-life wife Emily Blunt is on board to play Sue Storm.
While Marvel Studios has been mum about their plans for the Fantastic Four, I’m willing to bet they make their debut when Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off in 2022.
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