One of the main reasons cited for the disappointment of Doctor Strange 2 is its deleted scenes. It was reported that around 30 minutes of footage was cut from the ending of the movie. Now an interesting update suggests that a post-credit scene has also been cut from the movie. According to reports, this scene was regarding Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic, and was cut due to reasons unknown. Even though the movie featured the Office actor John Krasinski as Reed Richards, it didn’t take much time for the world’s smartest man to be shredded by the Scarlet Witch.
MCU’s Reed Richards in Doctor Strange 2
John Krasinski as Mister Fantastic was a demand by the fans for a long time. As a result of which they were extremely excited when Krasinski was presented on the screen as Earth-838’s Reed Richards as well as a member of the Illuminati. But the happiness was short-lived as Scarlet Witch broke in there and even before he could touch her hair, Wanda shredded him into threads.
Following that various statements and updates by the Kevin Feige company have clearly stated that what they did in Doctor Strange 2 was nothing more than complete fan service and it’s highly unlikely that he would return in the future. Now by the reports of the deleted post-credit scene, it is almost confirmed that the MCU is bringing a fresh Reed Richards for their main Earth-616 timeline.
A post credit scene featuring Reed Richards was cut from Multiverse of Madness!
The scene would’ve featured the events of the movie being recorded & reviewed by somebody in the Baxter Building & then a stretchy hand coming into frame revealing it was Reed.
via Michael Waldron pic.twitter.com/qvhgyXDidA
— Matt Ramos (@therealsupes) August 31, 2022
Despite the fact that here the writer Michael Waldron has only mentioned the hand of Reed Richards coming into the frame without any further details, it makes sense that this must be our own MCU’s Reed Richards. In the MCU Reed Richards is set to be introduced in the Fantastic 4 if not earlier.
Who could be the potential Reed Richards in the MCU?
There has been a load of rumors on the internet that suggest that the YOU star Penn Badgley is the current most probable Reed Richards for MCU. While some fans still believe that Krasinski was the ideal comic-book accurate depiction of the smartest man alive but the events in the Doctor Strange 2 movie have raised some serious doubts regarding the casting.
On the other hand, Penn Badgley has started to gain support to play Mister Fantastic in MCU. According to many, his amazing acting skills could be found in his role in YOU. The killer aura on the face of a simple man Joe Goldberg presented in YOU clearly shows that the actor can play layered characters. There have been no official updates regarding this from the studio yet.
It is ultimately up to the studio now to decide who will be our Mister Fantastic as it is pretty evident that the MCU hardly wants to continue John Krasinski as the Fantastic 4 leader.
Fantastic 4 is set to hit the theaters on November 8, 2024, while Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness can be streamed on Disney+
Source: Matt Ramos