Last December, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige officially confirmed that the Fantastic Four is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and since then, fans have been pretty ecstatic to see how the studio will handle the First Family. Of course, we all know that the previous F4 films failed to hit the mark with fans and critics alike but given the studio's track record, it's safe to say that Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johhny Storm, and Ben Grimm are in good hands.
For years now, fans have been debating about which actors should make up the Fantastic Four in the project and the dream castings have not been consistent for the most part. Now, after the Marvel superhero team became a hot trending topic on Twitter all of a sudden, fans are lobbying for actor William Jackson Harper to lead the project as Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic.
i dont know about the rest of the team but william jackson-harper as reed richards is all i need in fantastic four pic.twitter.com/hjo1sm3PwO— s (taylor’s version) (@harleyskory) April 15, 2021
Okay so I see everyone putting out their Fantastic 4 Fancasts and this is one I’m actually interested in, personally I got— Political Fuckboi Nemz ? (@CallMeNemz) April 15, 2021
Reed Richards - William Jackson Harper
Sue Storm - Emma Stone
Johnny Storm - Dacre Montgomery
Ben Grimm - Nic Offerman
Doom - Keanu Reeves
William Jackson Harper is my top choice for who I hope gets cast as reed— Josh Barham (@JBarham_music) April 14, 2021
Fantastic 4 dream cast:— Luigi D’Napla is only sort of a fake name (@LuigiDNapla) April 15, 2021
Reed: William Jackson Harper
Sue: Kristen Bell
Johnny: Manny Jacinto
Ben: Jameela Jamil
HERBIE: D'Arcy Carden
Doom: Ted Danson
But instead of superheroics, it's a group of misfits forced to negotiate a humorous take on the afterlife.
Best fancasts for Reed Richards I've seen so far: William Jackson Harper and Dev Patel.— Nathan Hall (@NathanHallEdits) April 15, 2021
I just think that WIlliam Jackson Harper as Reed Richards would cure my depression— Ella Powell (@ellapowell03) April 15, 2021
actors i want as reed richards, in no order:rahul kohli
william jackson harper— quade, agent of g.i.r.l. forever (@emberquade) April 14, 2021
i saw william jackson harper for reed richards a while back an i fucking love that idea— John PASS THE PRO ACT Keynes (@jmk_bnr) April 14, 2021
I saw someone suggest William Jackson Harper for Reed and I love that idea— Russ (@ClockwiseTurnip) April 15, 2021
I don't really think about fan casting movies a lot....— McCoy Illinois (@ImMatElfring) April 15, 2021
But now this is all I can think about. William Jackson Harper as Reed is something I now need. https://t.co/O6EFXaOUO0
William would be an intriguing choice for sure and it's almost a guarantee that if ever he ends up getting the role, a lot of people from the fandom would be scratching their heads. Then again, a move like this which could be deemed controversial wouldn't be so surprising considering Marvel Studios is pushing for diversity in the franchise. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
The MCU's Fantastic Four reboot is in active development.
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