The fans were happy to see former Office actor and now Quiet Place director John Krasinski appear as Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic. While it may have been a fleeting appearance on film, seeing Krasinski in the part has long been a fan’s dream (and occasionally his real-life wife Emily Blunt as Sue Storm).
When it became clear that an MCU Fantastic Four movie was on its way, fans began to wonder whether John Krasinski would have a bigger part than simply a cameo and be cast as the main character. That doesn’t seem like the goal, based on director Sam Raimi’s remark on the Multiverse of Madness: “It’s so amusing that Kevin [Feige] selected John [Krasinski] because the fans had a fantasy of who the perfect Reed Richards would be. Because we’re in a different reality, Kevin probably responded, “Let’s make that dream come true.” His performances have always been top-notch for me.’ ”
The casting of John Krasinski was a decision made by Kevin Feige, however, it seems that Reed’s role was reliant on this being an alternative world
It’s a one-off appearance that doesn’t matter much. Unless John Krasinski and the Fantastic Four have bigger plans, this isn’t Reed’s first appearance in a solo film. Of course, it isn’t impossible. I’m wondering whether Kevin Feige has gotten himself into a situation where he can’t leave. With the door now open for someone else to play Reed Richards in the Fantastic Four movie, millions of fans will be asking, “wait, why isn’t it John Krasinski?” Another speculation claimed that Andrew Lincoln, who played Reed Richards in The Walking Dead, will be joining the MCU in some way. After Multiverse of Madness, I don’t believe fans will be able to accept any non-Krasinski alternative moving ahead.
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Even though this was an “alternate world” dream fan cast that Kevin Feige wanted to indulge in, I believe they will eventually cast him in the role. It will be difficult to turn back once that potential has been realized. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about the Fantastic Four film’s cast shortly.
Before this was ever going to be a Multiverse of Madness cameo and people were still focused on the main Fantastic Four movie, it seems worth reviewing John Krasinski’s ideas on portraying the character in his own words. “I honestly felt dumb,” Krasinski said as the internet started going crazy about the notion, which he believed was a mistake. Emailing Kevin Feige and apologizing for my rudeness was something I had in mind. I didn’t mean to be a pain in the neck. I know who I’m dealing with.’ Sometimes, it seemed to me as if I was attempting to overestimate how much I had spoken about a certain topic. Then when you grow older, you’re simply like, “I don’t know.” ‘Hell yes.’ was my honest response. I’d want to play ‘Mr. Fantastic’ There was a collective “Oh my God” reaction. That was a complete surprise, too. However, I didn’t expect that to be the last question of the interview. “It’s true,” he said.
However, it was because of that fan movement that he was first selected for Multiverse. No, I don’t recall him saying anything about staying in the role today, but (former) Fantastic Four and Moon Knight writer Jeremy Slater was asked whether John Krasinski will continue in the part:
Slater told ComicBook.com, “I think John Krasinski is a pretty great pick if that’s who they go with for whatever the actual Reed is.” “That would be a fantastic decision. [The Scarlet Witch vs. the Illuminati] wasn’t much more than an introduction and a kind of glorified cameo for him.” As always, I’d want to see him return. Now that he’s done it once, it’s safe to say that maybe, just maybe, the fans weren’t wrong after all.