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Marvel Studios Reportedly Not “Stumping for a black Reed Richards”, Eyeing YOU’s Penn Badgley For Role

Penn Badgley as reed richards

Since the cameo of John Krasinski as Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and the announcement of a new Fantastic Four film, it has become one of the most anticipated movies in the MCU lineup.

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

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Similar to the Avengers, Fantastic Four is a group of superheroes including Mister Fantastic, Invisible Girl, The Thing, and Human Torch. The definitive version of the roster was put to screen for the first time in the Fantastic Four movie in 2005, starring Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards.

Marvel’s Reed Richards was going to be black?

Even though John Krasinski is a fan favorite to play Mister Fantastic, Marvel Studios has been reported to be considering many other options. On the Marvelvision Podcast, former editor-in-chief of Birth. Movies. Death Devin Faraci spilled the beans on the casting, he stated:

“The guys that [Marvel Studios] been talking to about it are all white guys…. they’re going very classical.”

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The Good Place Star William Jackson was also pushed by fans to play Mister Fantastic.

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Many characters from fiction have been through a race change, including Lord Corlys Velaryon in House of the Dragon and Wally West in CW’s The Flash. The blogger wished Reed Richards would also be black and recommended John David Washington for the role.

“I’ve long been stumping for a Black Reed Richards. I think John David Washington would be an incredible Reed Richards, I mean I’ve been stumping for this forever, and I’m not going to get it. I’m not going to get a Black Reed either. [Reed Richards] is going to be very traditional, is my guess.”

You star Penn Badgley to be Mister Fantastic?

Marvel Studios President has already confirmed that they’re looking at other actors for the role and not basing the decision on popularity. And while this doesn’t rule out John Krasinski, it doesn’t mean he will be it either. On the other hand, Devin Faraci already revealed Penn Badgley to be in talks to take up the role, he said:

“That guy [Penn Badgley] from the show You, who probably has the role already, frankly, he’s a white guy. They’re going with the standard… And he’s terrific, by the way, that’s a good choice.”

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Released in 2015, Fantastic Four was a critical and financial failure.

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While on the precipice of becoming famous after his role in You, Penn Badgley can expect a spike in fame after his casting in MCU, similar to Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth. With the 2022 D23 Fan Expo coming on September 10, we can expect an announcement on the casting then.

Marvel’s Fantastic Four is expected to release on November 8, 2024.

Source: The Direct

Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.