He’s been the dream of many Marvel fans, and the MCU is making that wish come true this year. But apparently it was actually a one-time thing.
– Warning: Spoilers for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness follow! –
Phase 4 belonging Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has come to an end – and it’s likely to be a bumpy era “Avengers: Endgame” keep in mind. Despite the often mixed reactions to a number of films and series, it should not be forgotten that this stage also gave fans some highlights. Among other things, this was provided “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” this year. Film about “Spider-Man” Director Sam Raimi has opened the doors to the multiverse in the MCU and has a few surprises for fans along the way.
This includes the emergence of the Illuminati, an association of powerful superheroes including among others Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic belonged. Thus, the leader of the Fantastic Four celebrated his MCU debut and was also John Krasinski embodied the very actor that many fans have long wanted to see in the role. The desire of some is that he will be in the planned “Fantastic Four” the film and will be joined by his wife, Emily Blunt, who will possibly play the role of Richard’s girlfriend/wife, Sue Storm, aka The Invisible Woman.
But nothing will come of it, and it’s not just because Emily Blunt says she doesn’t feel like a superhero in the movies (via IndieWire). In conversation with Wrapper Krasinski himself has now sowed strong doubts about Marvel’s possible return:
“There are no negotiations at all. The only conversation I had was the week before last about Jack Ryan. Kevin Feige, the commercial director of Marvel Entertainment, called and said: “Would you like to fly to Los Angeles to spend with us a day?” I felt honored to be able to do this. I flew straight out of Budapest after filming wrapped and went straight to the set of Doctor Strange. I’m a big fan of all these characters and this world, so it was very exciting to be a part of it for a day.”
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John Krasinski as Mister Fantastic was probably just fan service.
Of course, the fact that John Krasinski says there have been no negotiations with Marvel since that day is a dead sign for a Fantastic Four movie. While it’s not due to hit the theaters until spring 2025, Krasinski still has time to tap into the role; especially since there is still no known actor who has contributed to the MCU. But one would expect the perpetrators to at least stay in touch with the Mister Fantastic actor if he continued to play the role.
One possibility, of course, is that John Krasinski is deliberately playing with ignorance. After all, the MCU is known for its secrecy efforts and the actor wouldn’t want to reveal too much. But other claims don’t inspire confidence that the fans’ dream cast will be a permanent solution. This is what Sam Raimi said in the audio commentary for “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (via Yahoo) that Feige wanted to cast Krasinski in the role due to fan requests:
“And since this is an alternate universe, I think Kevin said, ‘Let’s grant this wish.’
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This raises suspicion that Krasinski was only chosen for this alternate universe version of Reed Richards. After all, he won’t be alone in a world where we meet the Illuminati, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch) is also Captain Marvel and the rest of the MCU should see a different Professor X than Patrick Stewart if the X-Men because in some way moment the franchise will finally enter.
It all sounds like John Krasinski was never considered a regular cast member as Mister Fantastic, but just a one-off fan service. Then, of course, there is the question of who might slip into a cult role instead. The Fantastic Four is scheduled for February 12, 2025 bring a new version of the oldest Marvel family to the cinemas. We will definitely find out more about the cast in advance and let you know about it. In the meantime, you can check if you recognize Marvel heroes just by their costumes: