After it got revealed that the Mister Fantastic we were shown in Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness played by The Office Actor John Krasinski was nothing but simple fan service, there has been a wide range of speculations about who would play the next Reed Richards in The Marvel Cinematic Universe. And reportedly Penn Badgley is the top contender to play the role of the smartest man alive.
Mister Fantastic in the Movies:
Before John Krasinski, Mister Fantastic was played by three other actors namely Alex-Hyde White in the 1994 unreleased film, Ioan Gruffudd in the 2005 and 2007 Fantastic Four movies, and lastly Miles Teller in the 2015 reboot.
Initially, when MCU announced its Fantastic Four movie in 2020, fans were highly excited about it and almost everyone wanted the Office actor to play the role of Reed Richards. Later when Doctor Strange 2 was released, Marvel dropped a series of mind-boggling cameos in the form of the Illuminati group without any prior notice, and among them, we finally found our favorite John Krasinski as Reed Richards.
The happiness was short-lived though as all the Illuminati Members were killed one by one by the Scarlet Witch and Reed Richards was reduced to spaghetti. Despite that, the fans expected him to return as Mister Fantastic again as the Reed Richards that was killed was a part of a different universe. But now with Sam Raimi revealing that it was pure fan service, fans are again on a thinking spree about who could it be, and looks like the YOU actor is a potential contender among the fans.
Is Penn Badgley as Mister Fantastic
It is no doubt that Penn Badgley is an amazing actor, his work in the Netflix series YOU proves it. According to the fans, he is also young and would look accurate for that role. They went on to claim that if the rumors are true, and he is cast, then it will be an impeccable casting. And we have got some tweets that show how much the fans are excited about this rumor:
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) July 15, 2022
Kinda creepy in a way
— YouTube: Oreo Brewer; Wattpad: ImmortalBeloved89 (@SWTheDrakenSaga) July 15, 2022
My Eyes are waiting To see sue in MCU 😊🤗😊
— Ahmed FarOoq (@AhmedFa14635964) July 15, 2022
i don’t see it but he’s a great actor so who knows
— charliesdrumlolz (@Lauren98201868) July 12, 2022
As much as I want John, if it’s not him. Penn would be a great choice and he’s younger! Watch You on Netflix if you’re unsure about his acting.
— Nicholas Phillips (@Nicholas713011) July 12, 2022
Oh i LOVE this! Blake Lively for Sue Storm!
— Bradley Ryan (@screamqueenbrad) July 12, 2022
Even though John Krasinski was the first choice for Mister Fantastic still after Doctor Strange 2, the character has got much criticism about how the smartest man alive took no second to reveal his ally Blackbolt’s mouth to Wanda only to get it removed in a bizarre scene. So the fans would love to see something fresh and more accurate in MCU as the proper Mister Fantastic.
With Jon Watts’ exit from the project, the director’s chair is also yet to be filled and as time passes, it would be interesting to watch who takes up the seats for the respective roles.
While the release date of the next MCU Fantastic Four movie is undisclosed yet, Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic can be spotted in Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness exclusively streaming on Disney+.