Fantastic Four cast, release date and about MCU reboot

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We’ve known since July 2019 that the Fantastic Four were coming to the MCU, and now we’ve had our first tease thanks to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

The Doctor Strange sequel might not have shown the superhero team in the main MCU universe (Earth-616), but we did see Reed Richards in Earth-838 in the much-talked about Illuminati sequence.

In a moment of fan casting come to life, that sequence saw John Krasinski play Reed Richards for a brief moment until he was made into spaghetti by Scarlet Witch. Does that mean he’ll be in the Fantastic Four movie? We’ll get to that.

Originally, the movie was going to be directed by Jon Watts who was responsible for the Spider-Man trilogy. He left the project in April 2022 though, but there’s nothing sinister here, he just needed a break.

Jon Watts with Tom Holland, Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige

“Making three Spider-Man films was an incredible and life-changing experience for me. I’m eternally grateful to have been a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for seven years,” Watts said in a statement.

“I’m hopeful we’ll work together again and I can’t wait to see the amazing vision for Fantastic Four brought to life.”

While we wait to see who replaces Watts as the director, here’s everything you need to know about Fantastic Four.

Fantastic Four cast: Who’s going to be in Fantastic 4?

Let’s start with what you’re all thinking… does John Krasinski’s appearance as Reed Richards (aka Mister Fantastic) in Doctor Strange 2 confirm his casting for the movie?

Well, officially, Krasinski hasn’t been cast as Reed Richards, but we’d be surprised if he wasn’t. It might have just been a case of fan service, yet for the majority of characters we’ve seen in the multiverse, they’ve been played by the same actor.

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For instance, every version of Doctor Strange in the sequel was played by Benedict Cumberbatch. A major caveat is that in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield played their universe’s Peter Parker – and neither of them look like Tom Holland.

We’ll just have to watch this space, and the same goes for the rest of the Fantastic Four main cast.

Assuming the MCU doesn’t go wild and veer away from the traditional team, we’ll be seeing Sue Storm (aka Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch) and Ben Grimm (aka The Thing) in the movie, alongside their long-time nemesis Victor Von Doom (aka Doctor Doom).

Fans have long thought that Emily Blunt should play Sue Storm, but she had previously poured cold water on the rumours. “I don’t know if superhero movies are for me. They’re not up my alley. I don’t like them. I really don’t,” she said in May 2021.

“It’s been exhausted. We are inundated – it’s not only all the movies, it’s the endless TV shows as well. It’s not to say that I’d never want to play [a superhero]. It would just have to be something so cool and a really cool character, and then I’d be interested.”

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For instance, every version of Doctor Strange in the sequel was played by Benedict Cumberbatch. A major caveat is that in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield played their universe’s Peter Parker – and neither of them look like Tom Holland.

We’ll just have to watch this space, and the same goes for the rest of the Fantastic Four main cast.

Assuming the MCU doesn’t go wild and veer away from the traditional team, we’ll be seeing Sue Storm (aka Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch) and Ben Grimm (aka The Thing) in the movie, alongside their long-time nemesis Victor Von Doom (aka Doctor Doom).

Fans have long thought that Emily Blunt should play Sue Storm, but she had previously poured cold water on the rumours. “I don’t know if superhero movies are for me. They’re not up my alley. I don’t like them. I really don’t,” she said in May 2021.

“It’s been exhausted. We are inundated – it’s not only all the movies, it’s the endless TV shows as well. It’s not to say that I’d never want to play [a superhero]. It would just have to be something so cool and a really cool character, and then I’d be interested.”

Luckily, Disney blocks out future release dates for MCU movies, even if they don’t know yet which movie fits which slot. Those release dates are: November 3, 2023, February 16, 2024, May 3, 2024, July 26, 2024, November 8, 2024.

Since the movie hasn’t started filming (as far as we know), the November 2023 release date could come too soon. Any of those 2024 release dates are possible though, but we’d hope to have a confirmed release date whenever we get casting news.

What we’re almost sure about is that none of the cast from previous Fantastic Four offerings will be playing them in the MCU. At least not in the main universe, but maybe there will be scope for cameos across the multiverse.

Fantastic Four plot: What will Fantastic 4 be about?

As with the cast, all options are open for what the MCU reboot of the Fantastic Four will be about, plot-wise.

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We’ve seen the origin story play out in screen a couple of times now, so hopefully the reboot will avoid that, much like Holland’s Spider-Man never really got an origin tale. That would probably mean the full team making their MCU debut in another movie.

If they avoid the origin story route, there will need to be some narrative reason as to why we’ve only just seen them pop up, rather than help out with previous world-ending scenarios in the Avengers movies.

Of course, they can avoid that altogether if this Fantastic Four team exist in another universe. Maybe the team just never got together in Earth-616 or, even bleaker, they’re all dead in the main universe.

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