After Kevin Feige granted the collective wishes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe fandom to see John Krasinski portray Mister Fantastic, many were understandably ecstatic because the actor has long been on their radar to play the beloved character in live-action. However, the 43-year-old star shattered the hopes of MCU diehards when he stated that he's currently not in negotiations with Marvel Studios.
Obviously, Krasinski's age is one factor, especially after it was rumored that the studio is eyeing younger actors for the upcoming Fantastic reboot. Now, it seems like there's renewed hope for John to return to the role after a new casting update.
Insider Jeff Sneider claims that Reed Richards and Sue Storm will be introduced as parents in the MCU. This is contrary to previous reports suggesting the studio is looking to cast much younger actors for the reboot. While other details regarding the casting were not disclosed, it's already safe to assume that Feige and company are eyeing stars who are at least in their late 30s to early 40s.
If you may recall, in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Earth-838 version of the Smartest Man Alive, played by John Krasinski was portrayed as a father unlike in previous films. If that's the case, it leaves the door wide open for Krasinski to return to the role despite his claims that his MCU appearance was a one-and-done deal.
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Personally, I'd love to see him back as Mister Fantastic because I thought his portrayal of Reed in Multiverse of Madness left nothing to be desired. Of course, the ball is still in Marvel Studios' court and the possibility of them casting a new actor for the part isn't unlikely. Hopefully, we're getting the official announcement in the coming months.
Marvel Studios' Fantastic Four is slated for release in theaters on February 14, 2025.