Adam Driver is the latest name to join the list of actors rumored to join the MCU bandwagon. The rumors say that the fame of Star Wars(Sequel Trilogy) can enter the universe through the Fantastic Four movie. While Driver joins the long queue of names who can play Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic in MCU, some fans think that he is perfect for Doctor Doom.
Marvel Studios already introduced Mister Fantastic in Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness, with John Krasinski portraying the role. But later, the director Sam Raimi himself revealed that it was nothing more than fan service. This hinted that MCU is probably looking forward to a different Reed Richards for its main timeline.
Is Adam Driver going to play Reed Richards?
The latest round of rumors was revealed by The Ankler’s Jeff Sneider who claimed that Adam Driver recently met with the Marvel Studios for a role in MCU’s Fantastic Four. Jeff Sneider also earlier revealed the news of Harrison Ford into the MCU which was later confirmed officially.
Jeff Sneider spoke in The Hot Mic Podcast that he has learned from some sources that Adam Driver met with the MCU to play Mister Fantastic in Fantastic Four. The last time we spotted Reed Richards in the MCU was when he was played by John Krasinski in Doctor Strange 2. The actor portrayed the Reed Richards of alternate universe Earth-838 and was eventually killed by Wanda Maximoff in a very brutal way.
Now although it should be taken with a pinch of salt, we can spot Adam Driver taking over the mantle of the smartest man alive in MCU’s main timeline of Earth-616. While another set of rumors claims that it was not actually Reed Richards but Doctor Doom. Strong reports suggested that the You star Penn Badgley was considered by Marvel to be the potential Reed Richards. Following that, during an interview, Emily Blunt also hinted that the MCU might also bring back The Office actor in its main timeline so there is still a great deal of mystery around the casting.
Can Adam Driver play Doctor Doom?
With the latest names Penn Badgley and Lucifer’s Tom Ellis contending the race of Mister Fantastic, Adam Driver’s casting sounds more than mysterious in this area. But on the other hand, he is also rumored to play one of the iconic antagonists of the MCU, Doctor Doom.
Although even this rumor doesn’t have much substance, the fans are more inclined to this version of Driver in the MCU. The Last Duel actor’s role as Kylo Ren in the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy already showed that he can also be phenomenal behind a mask which further encourages the fans. Looking at the present circumstances, this is also more likely to happen than the earlier possibility.
Moreover, with a release schedule of February 2025, there is a lot of time left before we come around with some official updates regarding the casting of the movie.
Fantastic Four directed by Matt Shakman is set to release on February 14, 2025
Source: The Hot Mic Podcast