With the recent approval of Disney‘s acquisition of Fox‘s major entertainment assets, fans are anticipating the potential introduction of Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four. The previous Fantastic Four films under Fox haven’t been well received but fans are hoping the Marvel Studios treatment will return this Fantastic Four brand to greatness.
Here are my casting choices for the iconic superhero team!
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT AS REED RICHARDS/MISTER FANTASTIC
Gordon-Levitt is multi-talented with the necessary range to play the complicated patriarch of Marvel’s First Family. He’s 37 years old at the moment, and will be nearing his early 40s when Marvel Studios’ reboot gets off the ground, which means he will be able to carry the Fantastic Four franchise for years and play an experienced Reed. Not to mention, Joe fits the mold for what Marvel likes in their leading men, as he’ll be able to hold his own against the likes of Chris Pratt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, etc.
ELIZABETH BANKS AS SUSAN STORM/THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
I’ll be first to admit that at 44, Banks doesn’t quite fit the age range of this particular group of actors I’ve chosen (she’s 7 years older than Joseph Gordon-Levitt), but I digress. Banks is a beautifully talented actress that can show a level of maturity and strength that is needed for the team’s matriarch, Sue. She also looks relatively young for her age.
DACRE MONTGOMERY AS JOHNNY STORM/THE HUMAN TORCH
Best known for playing Billy Hargrove in the second season of Stranger Things and the Red Ranger in Power Rangers, Montgomery’s star is on the rise and he has geek cred. I believe he can bring an edge to the womanizing heartthrob and youngest member of the team, Johnny Storm.
JOHN CENA AS BEN GRIMM/THE THING
Ben Grimm does not need a thespian actor to portray him, just somebody that’s easy to relate to. John Cena is a big, lovable, goofball, and I believe it’s crucial that The Thing’s humanity standout after his rocky transformation. Cena’s become a serviceable enough actor in his own right, and motion-capture/CGI enhancements touch-ups can help.
What do you think of these choices? Who would you cast as the Fantastic Four? Let us know in the comments section below!