Thanks to the 21st Century/Disney merger last year the film rights to Fantastic Four, X-Men, Wolverine, Deadpool, Silver Surfer, Galactus, Super-Skrull, and many other characters have been returned to Marvel Studios. 

There has been a growing online campaign from fandom to get acting couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in the lead roles of Dr. Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic and Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman in Marvel’s reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise. 

While we don’t really know what Marvel’s intentions are, John is supporting the idea. 

Krasinski was interviewed by TotalFilm (via GamesRadar) to promote his upcoming horror flick A Quiet Place II, mentioning that he’d love a crack at joining the MCU and playing Mr. Fantastic in Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four reboot. 

KRASINSKI: “You’re like, ‘Do you have any interest in not shattering people’s dreams?'”

“I would love to be in the Marvel universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly, a lot of my friends are in those movies. I have no idea what [Marvel] are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it.”

However, it doesn’t sound like John is terribly interested in directing a Marvel Studios movie anytime soon. 

KRASINSKI: “Oh man, directing one of those things? I don’t think I’m your guy. But if I was to act in one? I’d have so much fun.”

This doesn’t mean that the fan campaign to get John Krasinski and Emily Blunt cast in Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot is 100%, but it doesn’t hurt to have actors publicly suggesting they’d be on board. 

There was a recent rumor from Charles Murphy that during the filming of Disney’s Jungle Cruise last year, lead actress Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow, Looper, A Quiet Place) had met with Marvel Studios for an undisclosed role. 

Blunt you might remember was originally cast in the Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow role in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 before Scarlett Johansson and then had to exit because 20th Century Fox had exercised their contract with her to pull her away for Jack Black’s forgettable Gulliver’s Travels. 

She was later in the mix to play Peggy Carter role in Captain America: The First Avenger while John had been in the running to play Steve Rogers before Chris Evans was ultimately chosen. 

As we’ve seen previously with John and Emily, not all Marvel meetings lead to roles. Joaquin Phoenix, before agreeing to play Joker in last year’s billion-dollar hit had been in the mix to play both Bruce Banner aka Hulk and Doctor Strange. 

One of the big issues currently with Krasinski being available for a Marvel contract is that most of his time is spent during the year shooting his Amazon series Jack Ryan, which could be at odds with Marvel getting first-dibs on John.

We still don’t know what the official plans are with Fantastic Four at Marvel Studios, as there had been rumblings that Peyton Reed (Ant-Man, Ant-Man & The Wasp) was going to direct the reboot only for Ant-Man 3 to be announced officially instead and production aiming for an early 2021 start at Pinewood Studios UK. 

Reed had once been developing the idea of a 1960s-set Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox and had mentioned last year to Collider about what he had in mind. 

REED: “I developed it for about a year and we went through some different permutations and some different writers, but yes, one of the big ideas was a set-in-the-’60s thing that at the time was structurally gonna be basically like [The Beatles’] A Hard Day’s Night, where we were not going to even deal with the origin story.” 

“Fantastic Four, for those of you who aren’t avid Marvel Comics readers, they are the royal family of the Marvel Comics universe, right? The first family of Marvel. And it felt like they sort of wanted to make a B-movie out of it. So we parted ways.”

Interesting enough, Reed isn’t the only filmmaking to voice their desire to tackle Marvel’s first family. 

Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kingsman 1-2, Kick-Ass, Layer Cake, The King’s Man) talked-up his own interest to ComicBook about Fantastic Four last year. 

VAUGHN: “Yeah I’ve always loved the idea of doing Fantastic Four as it was originally written.”

“I mean it’s one of my favorite comics and I actually think that Fantastic Four, as a nice piece of IP, is in theory as big as Spider-Man. I think those, the values of Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, I think those are the reason, if you’re a kid, you can imagine being a part of the Fantastic Four family and you can imagine being Peter Parker. So yeah, I think Fan-Four would be the one that would excite me the most.”

He went into more detail while appearing on CinemaBlend’s podcast ReelBlend. 

VAUGHN: “As the man that produced the last terrible Fantastic Four – and I will say that because I said it from day one, but no one listened to me — I think Fan Four is, for me, it’s the live action version of The Incredibles. It’s probably the most, I think, commercially viable Marvel Comic. Kevin Feige will get ahold of that and probably make a masterpiece. And the X-Men world, I imagine that might get put on ice for a little bit. I think it needs a little bit of breathing room. They made a hell of a lot since First Class, if you think about it. Fan Four would be the thing I’d like to see them do next. Disney and Fan Four and Marvel is a really potent combination.”

Reiterating that Marvel should set their Fantastic Four film in the 1960s as it could make it slightly easier on the filmmakers attempting to adapt the material.

VAUGHN: “That’s what I did with the X-Men, though. These ideas were born — sort of the Fan Four and the nuclear family and the dysfunctional family and science — it’s an easier time. I mean, superhero films in the modern world … everything in the modern world, it’s harder and harder to do. Because you know, the technology, it’s all out there. You know, Iron Man’s suit doesn’t seem that far away anymore. It’s sort of odd. The Iron Man suit when Iron Man came out [in the comics] was awesome. That was probably late sixties, early seventies. Iron Man, I don’t know when that came out. It’s easier because everything was sort of black and white, everything was more bad versus good. You knew what was what was what by then because there were boundaries and clearer horizons. So yeah, I love a period piece. I’ve just done another period movie [in the Kingsmen prequel]. It’s really good fun.”

Last summer at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel’s chief creative officer Kevin Feige revealed to Variety they haven’t started on a script or thinking about a cast but suggested they’d do them justice. 

FEIGE: “I’m extremely excited about those characters and about bringing Marvel’s first family up to the level and platform they deserve.”

Kevin did give the team a shout-out on the stage at the very end of the Marvel Studios presentation, other than that we haven’t heard much from the studio on the project. 

FEIGE: “I didn’t even have time to talk about The Fantastic Four and there is no time left to talk about mutants.”

A Quiet Place II directed by John Krasinski and starring Emily Blunt is set to be released on March 20th. 

Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. 


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