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Black Bolt Actor Anson Mount Reveals Getting the Illuminati Actors Onboard Was Chaos in a Nutshell

According to Black Bolt actor Anson Mount, the inclusion of John Krasinski in the Multiverse of Madness may have been a last-minute decision. When the Sam Raimi-directed Doctor Strange 2 film was released, fans were elated to see the Illuminati — a secret team of superheroes from Earth-838, who represented what the Avengers stood for in Earth-616.

One of the elements that made the surprise appearance much more memorable was when The Office actor John Krasinki showed up as Reed Richards, one of the founding members of the Fantastic Four. This addition, however, may not have happened in the first place.

Black Bolt, played by Anson Mount
Black Bolt, played by Anson Mount

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The Process Of Getting The Actors Of Illuminati Actors On-Board

Doctor Strange judged by the Illuminati
The Illuminati

Sitting down in an interview with Esquire, Black Bolt actor Anson Mount revealed the nitty-gritty of the casting process for Multiverse of Madness, directed by Sam Raimi. According to him, the actors for many Illuminati superheroes were not even present while his shooting for the film was going on. The casting situation was so last-minute that at the time of filming, Krasinki’s contract was not done, and Patrick Stewart, who played Professor X, was busy filming Star Trek: Picard.

Patrick Stewart in Picard
Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Picard

This is what Mount had to say:

“That was a very interesting shoot because my role came up in the reshoots. As you can imagine, several of the actors were quite busy. Patrick was not there. Chiwetel was not there. Krasinski’s contract wasn’t even done. He wasn’t there. We had actors playing those roles, knowing that they were going to either be substituting their shots or transplanting faces.”

The Black Bolt actor emphasized that a lot of the elements of the scene itself were juxtaposed together later on, after the editing process. Mount said that he was “in disbelief” over how “well it cut together.”

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Black Bolt Actor On Last-Minute Additions

John Krasinski as Reed Richards in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness.
John Krasinski as Reed Richards in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness.

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It is no surprise that the addition of the notable actors was a last-minute decision. As it is, with recent reports, the fans learned how a lot of what we saw on the screen during the Illuminati scene was mostly reliant on CGI, including the costumes. While Krasinski’s addition may have been an under-the-wire occurrence, according to Black Bolt actor, Anson Mount, Marvel is usually known for planning things out thoroughly.

Even a detail as major as including the addition of Reed Richards in the film might’ve been a by-product of such intensive planning, even if the casting was not, taking into consideration how a Fantastic Four movie is undergoing its initial stages of pre-production.

A poster for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
A poster for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.

Whether it’s indeed a last-minute fickle addition or a pre-planned endeavor of incorporating Krasinski as Mister Fantastic into the MCU, it is obvious that Reed Richards has a role to play in MCU’s future. The verdict is yet to be seen. 

While Fantastic Four is set for a November 8, 2024 release, you can catch Reed Richards on Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness exclusively on Disney+.

Source: The Direct