John Krasinski is looking to fan the flames of fan-casting for Marvel as he has revealed that he wants to play Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something fans have wanted since the property became Disney-owned last year.
Krasinski is currently promoting his movie A Quiet Place II where he both directs and stars alongside his on/off-screen wife Emily Blunt. Going from physicality, chemistry and acting abilities, fans have been pushing and, in some cases, hounding the Mouse House to cast the couple as the MCU versions of the patriarch and matriarch of Marvel’s First Family Reed Richards and Sue Storm aka Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman.
Since acquiring the Fantastic Four along with the X-Men after buying 20th Century Fox in the widely publicized entertainment deal of the century, Disney has since let it be known that MCU helmsman Kevin Feige does intend to put his new toys into play after his current slate of movies that are set to begin with Black Widow this spring and end with Thor: Love and Thunder next winter.
With the announcement, fans have been in a frenzy deciding who is best suited to portray the superhero family within the MCU, especially considering the property has now had two failed attempts at launching successful franchises like the X-Men had under Fox’s rule to a varying degree.
At the top of the fan-casting list largely sits John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt as Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, roles that has previously been portrayed by Ioan Gruffudd and Jessica Alba in the 2005 Fantastic 4 movie and its 2007 sequel Rise of the Silver Surfer, then later by Miles Teller and Kate Mara in the 2015 reboot Fant4stic.
These roles are particularly important to get right in the MCU as the majority of heroes within the universe seem very grounded in the science and technology field. While the Human Torch, Thing, Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer and Galactus are also important characters to the Fantastic 4 stories, it seems that casting Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman is the main focus fans have.
In the comics, Dr. Reed Richards is a scientist who specializes in mechanical, aerospace and electrical engineering as well as chemistry, all levels of physics, and human and alien biology. He organizes an expedition into space along with the other three members of the team who are all caught up in a cosmic ray that grants them individual powers, with Reed’s being elasticity.
Fans will have to wait and see if their collective dreams come true and John Kraskinski does become Mister Fantastic.
A Quiet Place II is scheduled for release on March 20, 2020.
Do you want John Krasinski to be Mister Fantastic in the MCU? Will you want him if Emily Blunt isn’t the Invisible Woman?