We’re in total shock after Marvel’s massive Hall H panel that revealed a whole new slate of movies and cast members—even a new Blade in Mahershala Ali. What shocked us the most was Kevin Feige finally suggesting that Marvel’s First Family, the Fantastic Four, would be coming to the MCU. Though it’ll be a while until this project comes to life, we’ve got some ideas about just who should bring the iconic superheroes to the big screen.
Reed Richards – Keanu Reeves
This is a no-brainer for us. Though Keanu might not be a mirror image of the Reed Richards that fans know from the comic book, we think that the actor could craft a very special version of the man who was once the smartest in the Marvel Universe. Reeves would not only be a huge get for Marvel Studios, but also has both the talents as a leading man and action star needed to bring Reed to life. In this iteration, we’d like to see Reed and Sue struggling and trapped in the Negative Zone trying to escape the alt-dimension, which could see them end up in the main MCU continuity. Reeves would be awesome as a distant Reed, lost in his work and devastated by his inability to solve the mystery of the horrific situation that he and Sue find themselves in.
Sue Storm – Laura Dern
Though she has dipped her toes into the world of sci-fi heroism with her role as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo in
Ben Grimm – Ron Perlman
Can’t believe this hasn’t already happened yet, but as soon as you see it you realize it’s a match made in heaven. Perlman is not only Jewish and from New York, which are both key parts of Ben’s history and character, but he’s also a monster movie icon. With his work on
Johnny Storm – Chella Man
The Human Torch needs charm, looks, and fans by the bucket load, and
Doctor Doom – Adam Driver
There is no Fantastic Four without their most notorious villain, Doctor Doom. Though it would be perfect for the MCU to introduce the Four and Victor Von Doom with a solo Doom movie, that’s probably unlikely. And no matter how he first appears, we have a good plan for who should be behind his iconic mask. Adam Driver has already bought gravitas and grace to one of the most famous contemporary villains in Kylo Ren, and this would be a perfect chance for him to showcase his serious acting chops once again. Doom doesn’t have the childish rage of Ren but they do share a vanity and pride as well as a connection to the lighter side of life that often betrays their villainous ways. We know that Disney isn’t afraid to double cast their big stars and we think that Driver would make a brilliant Doom. As for the age difference between him and Reeves, perhaps this time around Victor is a student of Reed’s who ends up maimed and superpowered after an experiment gone wrong under the not so watchful eye of Mr. Fantastic.
Silver Surfer – Asia Kate Dillon
Norrin Radd is almost as vital to the lore of Marvel’s First Family as their big bad, and we think we’ve found the perfect person to play the Herald of Galactus. Asia Kate Dillon has showcased their ability to create nuanced, complex, and terrifying characters with roles in
Galactus – James Earl Jones
Despite the fact we would love to see a truly practical Galactus, the reality is that the planet eater will probably be brought to life using state of the art CG. The best thing about that process is the fact that you can utilize an astoundingly talented voice actor like James Earl Jones to bring the character to life. Galactus needs to have thespian gravitas when he announces that he’s here to munch on your delectable homeworld, and Jones is a perfect choice. His extensive career has seen him bring to life both iconic villains like Thulsa Doom and heroes like
Mole Man – Danny DeVito
This seems like the most sensible and obvious casting of all time. DeVito taking on the role of one of the Fantastic Four’s original antagonists makes a whole bunch of sense and would bring humor, silliness, and instantly memeability to what would otherwise likely be a pretty serious flick. Fans have long wanted to find a spot for DeVito in the MCU and to us, this seems like the perfect role. Mole Man is known for his epic schemes and crackpot theories about a Hollow Earth. Imagine DeVito as a conspiracy nut ruling an underground lair filled with his mole human hybrids, just waiting to take over the surface world and defeat the FF forever. Perfection.
Wyatt Wingfoot – Amber Midthunder
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