After years of speculation (and begging) from fans, the Fantastic Four are finally set to make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the coming years, Marvel Studios confirmed at Disney’s 2020 Investor Day that took place earlier this month.
This will mark the third adaptation of Marvel’s first family on the big screen, with previous iterations debuting in 2005-2007 and 2015.
Of course, when it comes to the beloved superhero crew and the mixed feelings surrounding its first two live screen appearances, one of the most prevalent talking points of an MCU FF adaptation is the film’s cast. Fans have spent years offering their own opinions and predictions of who should step into the characters that make up the titular roles.
With that being said, here are our picks for who should bring the Fantastic Four to life in the MCU.
But First…Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
It’s impossible to talk about a Fantastic Four fancast without talking about this Hollywood power couple: the husband and wife duo behind A Quiet Place.
Fans have long called for Marvel to bring in the talents of the beloved husband and wife duo of Krasinski and Blunt to step into the roles of Reed Richards and Sue Storm…and understandably so. Krasinski and Blunt have both proven their ability to take on action packed roles like Blunt’s in Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, and each fits their respective character.
The thought of Krasinski and Blunt playing husband and wife on screen in the MCU is sweet, and such a casting decision would ultimately be a solid choice if it were the route Disney took. However, the couple is not necessarily the TOP choice for their specific roles.
Glenn Howerton – Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic
This choice may come as a bit of a shock, but hear me out. Sure, Howerton is best known for his role as Dennis in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but maybe a touch of a crass, comedic background is just what the actor tasked with playing Richards needs to give a fresh take on the role and to match the MCU’s lighthearted humor.
Howerton has Richards’ looks and charisma nailed down without even trying. He also has interest in stepping into the MCU, previously auditioning for the role of Peter Quill A.K.A. Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, which rightfully went to Chris Pratt.
Howerton vs. Krasinski is a neck-and-neck debate, with both actors checking off the boxes needed to accurately bring Richards to life. However, it would be nice to see the role go to the less obvious choice in Howerton.
Honorable Mentions: Andrew Lincoln, Timothy Olyphant
Rachel Brosnahan – Sue Storm/Invisible Woman
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star has proven that she can deliver incredible comedic timing, empowering moments and gut-wrenching emotion all tied together flawlessly as Midge Maisel in the Emmy-winning Amazon series.
The MCU is known for its fair share of witty humor matched with emotional and powerful moments, making Brosnahan an unexpected but perfect fit for an MCU adaptation of Sue Storm. The thought of Brosnahan’s comedic genius matched up with Howerton and the likes of MCU stars like Tom Holland, Chris Hemsworth and Benedict Cumberbatch is enough to have us sold on the thought o her stepping into the role of Sue.
While Brosnahan’s take on Sue would likely be different from what the other two adaptations of Sue have delivered, that may be the key to setting the MCU’s iteration apart from its predecessors in the best way.
Honorable Mentions: Rosamund Pike, Lily James
Glen Powell – Johnny Storm/Human Torch
This one was a close tossup between Powell and Zac Efron, but if we’re leaning toward a Fantastic Four that can match the MCU’s humor, then Powell get the edge.
Powell’s performance in Netflix’s
best romantic comedy Set It Up as Charlie Young, a mildly obnoxious but nonetheless charming 28-year-old perpetual assistant to a well-known venture capitalist, is essentially his audition for the role of Johnny, and he crushes it. Powell has the right charisma to perfectly capture Johnny’s outgoing and hotheaded personality.
While Powell is older than Brosnahan, this wouldn’t be an issue when framing Johnny as Sue’s slightly-younger brother, as both actors are more than capable of pulling off the older sister/younger brother dynamic perfectly. Plus, the sibling relationship between the two would likely steal the show.
Honorable Mentions: Zac Efron (who absolutely deserves an MCU role at some point), Dacre Montgomery
Seth Rogen – Ben Grimm/The Thing
Rounding out the let’s-just-go-ahead-and-make-a-more-comedic-Fantastic-Four approach that this fancast has taken, we have none other then Seth Rogen as Benn Grimm. I’m sure this will be met with a cry to keep Rogen away from comic book movies since his particular style of humor is hit-or-miss among movie lovers, but Rogen is somehow perfect for an MCU adaptation of the Fantastic Four.
Rogen has the looks that would allow for a seamless CGI transition to The Thing and a raspy voice to match that of Grimm. His comedic mind coupled with that of his costars, all under the direction of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home’s John Watts, Rogen would be the final and necessary piece in pulling off the ultimate MCU adaptation of the Fantastic Four.
Plus, just imagine the press tour content.
Honorable Mentions: Ron Perlman, Bruce Willis
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