John Krasinski’s Fantastic Four Movie Is Getting Really Likely

WARNING: Major SPOILERS ahead for Doctor Strange 2!,John Krasinski has long been a fan-favorite casting for the MCU’s
Fantastic Four movie, and
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness finally makes this speculation a more likely reality. While Krasinski first came to fame for portraying Jim Halpert on the hit sitcom
The Office, the actor has since launched into a series of acclaimed action roles, seemingly paving his way toward joining the MCU. From his beloved hero role in
A Quiet Place to playing the title spy in Amazon Prime’s
Jack Ryan, John Krasinski’s next step in his career inevitably points towards the MCU’s upcoming
Fantastic Four movies.,Until
Doctor Strange 2‘s Illuminati, the Fantastic Four team had yet to exist within the MCU, but the multiverse jumping has now established them canonically, even if the movie didn’t depict their main MCU counterparts. Following the critical failures of 2005’s
Fantastic Four, 2007’s
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and the 2015
Fantastic Four reboot attempt, anticipation for the MCU’s play at the beloved comic book superhero team has grown substantially. Finally, after Disney acquired
Fantastic Four’s long-time owner, 20th Century Fox in 2019, the studio confirmed that an official
Fantastic Four movie was in order for the MCU.,Related: Doctor Strange 2’s Post-Credits Scenes Explained (They’re Both Important),After Disney got ahold of the rights for Marvel’s
X-Men and
Fantastic Four, it was only a matter of time before such heroes were included in the MCU, with this moment finally coming to fruition in
Doctor Strange 2. As Doctor Strange and the young 
super-powered America Chavez bounce between multiverses, they’re confronted with different variants of characters from the MCU’s version of Earth. The main heroes of the sequel are brought before the Illuminati, which consists of the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mister Fantastic, the X-Men’s Professor X, Karl Mordo, Captain Carter, Black Bolt, and Maria Rambeau as Captain Marvel. While they come from an alternate universe, the inclusion of Mister Fantastic/Reed Richards in
Doctor Strange 2 has launched much more speculation and excitement for the character’s casting in the MCU’s upcoming
Fantastic Four movie.,As far as fan-casting has gone for the MCU, John Krasinski as Mister Fantastic and his wife, Emily Blunt, as Invisible Woman are two of the most highly-sought choices for the Fantastic Four team. Apart from his physical resemblance to Reed Richards, 
John Krasinski’s Mister Fantastic fan-casting pre-
Doctor Strange 2 has been attributed to his acclaim in both intelligent and action-based roles.,Plus, there’s the notion that if he plays the MCU’s Reed Richards, it seems like a package deal for Emily Blunt to also portray his wife, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman. As such, the husband-wife acting duo has inevitably been bombarded with questions about their interest in joining the MCU as the pair, with Krasinski having previously commented on loving the idea of playing Marvel’s character. Now, with
Doctor Strange 2, this fan-casting has become a reality, though not necessarily for the MCU’s version of the character.,After years of fans begging Marvel to cast John Krasinski as Mister Fantastic,
Doctor Strange 2 hired the actor to portray Earth-838’s version of Reed Richards. While Krasinski’s cameo was quick, his inclusion as Mister Fantastic has been one of the
most talked-about aspects of Doctor Strange 2, even though his variant was obliterated by the MCU’s Scarlet Witch. Nonetheless, John Krasinski has now officially portrayed Reed Richards in an MCU movie, which suggests he may still be the choice for the confirmed
Fantastic Four movies.,Related: Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Ending Explained (In Detail),Not only would it be great to see Krasinski reprise his role as Reed Richards in the MCU’s
Fantastic Four movie, but there’s also the suggestion that he could direct the film as well, especially following the news of Jon Watts’ exit. Krasinski’s dual directing-acting skill was demonstrated with his two 
A Quiet Place movies, so moving onto the MCU’s
Fantastic Four reboot wouldn’t be too difficult of a transition.,While Krasinski’s inclusion in 
Doctor Strange 2‘s cast makes his
Fantastic Four movie much more likely, just because he played Earth-838’s Mr. Fantastic doesn’t mean he’s automatically cast as the character in the MCU’s Earth-616 timeline.
Spider-Man: No Way Home’s multiverse story revealed that different variants can be played by different people, with the MCU’s Tom Holland, the Sam Raimi trilogy’s Tobey Maguire, and 
Amazing Spider-Man‘s Andrew Garfield portraying Peter Parker from different universes.,Of course, the rest of the actors who portrayed the Illuminati’s variants in
Doctor Strange 2 had already played versions of their characters before in the MCU or in other universes, with
Patrick Stewart returning as Charles Xavier, Hayley Atwell again playing live-action Peggy Carter after voicing her in
What If…?, Lashana Lynch still playing Maria Rambeau, Chiwetel Ejiofor again portraying Karl Mordo, and Anson Mount reprising his role as Black Bolt after Marvel’s
Inhumans series.,Stephen Strange hadn’t heard of the Fantastic Four when he encountered Reed Richards, suggesting that the MCU’s version of the character has yet to be overloaded by cosmic rays. However, this doesn’t necessarily indicate that the MCU’s Richards would need to be younger to show his origin story, as Robert Downey Jr. was the same age as John Krasinski is now when he made his debut as Iron Man in 2008. John Krasinski may not be confirmed to
play Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic in the MCU’s
Fantastic Four movie, but the positive reception of his short appearance in
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
 means that all signs point toward the actor reprising the role.,Next: Did Marvel Really Just Kill Off That Important Doctor Strange Character?