While everyone is focused on Marvel Studios bringing the X-Men to the MCU, there are people who are looking at the re-introduction of the Fantastic Four. While we don’t have any update on that project, it’s possible this new casting for Ant-Man could give us a clue as to what they’re planning for Marvel’s First Family.
As reported earlier, Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors has been cast in Ant-Man 3 as Kang the Conqueror. In the comics, Kang’s alter-ego is that of Nathaniel Richards and it’s implied that he’s a possible descendant of Reed Richards a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. Not to mention, Kang’s first appearance was in a Fantastic Four comic, and there are speculations that Ant-Man 3 could be teasing the arrival of the Four.
With Majors being black, it’s possible that Marvel could be planning on casting the part of Reed Richards with a black actor as well. Some are already fan casting William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) as Marvel’s smartest man.
Maybe because I’ve been personally fan casting it myself for years, I still want John Krasinski for the part of Reed Richards. I kind of like the meta-casting that Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt would play the role of fictional couple Reed Richards and Sue Storm. Then again, I think Harper would make a good Richards after playing the book smart Chidi Anagonye.
For now, no release date has been set for either Ant-Man 3 or Fantastic Four, but Black Widow is set to hit theaters on Nov. 6.
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