“Marvel Studios”Fantastic four”, which will bring one of the most well-known superhero teams in all of comics to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is focusing on one of its main protagonists.
Peter Pascal He is currently being considered to play Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, a brilliant scientist who gains the ability to bend and stretch his body like rubber after exposure to gamma rays during a scientific expedition to outer space.
The role would continue Pascal’s hot streak of iconic characters. His career first took off with his memorable role as Prince Oberyn Martell in “Game of Thrones,” and then reached new heights when he was cast as the titular bounty hunter in “The Mandalorian,” the first “Star Wars” television series and inaugural. Series for Disney+. The 48-year-old actor was recently nominated for an Emmy for his performance in the HBO series “The Last of Us.”
“WandaVision” director Matt Shakman will direct “Fantastic Four.” He replaced Jon Watts, who directed all three of Marvel and Sony’s “Spider-Man” movies with Tom Holland, after Watts left the film. The premiere of “Fantastic Four” is scheduled for May 2, 2025.
Marvel Studios first obtained the rights to the Fantastic Four in 2019, when Disney acquired 21st Century Fox. Before that, Marvel’s First Family – that is, the first superheroes created for Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby – headlined three films for Fox: the original 2005 “Fantastic Four,” its 2007 sequel, “Fantastic Four: Rise of Silver.” Surfer” and a poorly received 2015 reboot. The first cast included Ioan Gruffudd as Reed Richards, Jessica Alba as Susan Storm, Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm and Chris Evans, before playing the MCU’s Captain America, as Johnny Storm. The cast of the 2015 reboot included Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan, who also starred in the MCU’s “Black Panther” films, in those same respective roles. (In 1994, producer Roger Corman and German production company Constantin Film filmed a low-budget “Fantastic Four” movie to retain the rights to the property, but it was never released in theaters.)
This won’t be the first look at the Fantastic Four in the MCU. In 2022’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” John Krasinski appears in a brief cameo as an alternate universe version of Reed Richards, before he is torn apart by the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Krasinski’s role was a nod to Marvel fans’ pleas to cast him as the hero in the years following the Disney acquisition, with his wife, Emily Blunt, the fan favorite to play Susan Storm, as well. known as the Invisible Woman, who acquires the ability to project. powerful force fields and turn invisible at will.
Along with Susan Storm, castings for the other two main characters of the main quartet: Susan’s impulsive brother, Johnny Storm, also known as The Human Torch; and Reed’s best friend Ben Grimm, aka The Thing, have yet to be announced.