When news of a reboot for Marvel’s First Family began making rounds, naturally, fans began pinning down their dream cast for the quad corp. Indeed, John Krasinski and his wife, Emily Blunt have been somewhat a constant in these fan-castings as several pieces of art have depicted them as Reed Richards and Susan Storm respectively. A recent cover for an issue of the ‘Fantastic Four’ comic even featured Krasinski’s likeness for Reed Richards. So, yes, Marvel is aware.
During a sit-down with ComicBook.com to promote his upcoming movie, A Quiet Place Part 2, Krasinski was asked about the possibility of him ever slipping into the flexible role as the leader of The Fantastic Four, to which he replied:
I would love to do it… I think to be a part of the Marvel world would be amazing anyway, and the fact that people would even consider me for that level of a part would be amazing. I genuinely have had no conversations or don’t know anything that’s happening with that. I’m awaiting Kevin’s [Feige] announcements of what the hell’s happening with that as much as you are.
The actor also expressed a similar excitement when asked if he would direct a superhero film for Marvel Studios.
Wow, that’s a cool idea! It’s so interesting because I’m such a huge fan of Marvel. I think they do their own… They have such a great formula. Yeah, I’d jump in there. In Kevin I trust. That dude is not only the most talented guy, but the nicest guy. Yeah, whatever he wants, we’d discuss it.
It’s worthy to note that way back before Chris Evans was cast as The Star-Spangled Man in Captain America: The First Avenger, Krasinski himself was one of the primary contenders for the role. However, he opted out once he saw Chris Hemsworth’s abs, deeming himself unworthy of such a Super-Soldier physique. Emily Blunt too had a similar close-call with the MCU, having been initially cast as Natasha Romanoff in Iron Man 2, but pulled away from the project, instead, committing to her work on Gulliver’s Travels with Jack Black. Gee, I wonder how that one turned out?
No worries though, as the couple are doing great with their cinematic work. However, it would really be great if their husband-wife dynamic could be utilised in such a reboot. The Fantastic Four is, in essence, just like Fast and Furious, minus the fast cars, definitely more furious space, and most certainly a whole cosmic spoonful of “family”.
And somebody please get Rainn Wilson in as The Thing… (jk. Would be priceless to have Reed stick ol’ Rockhead in some Jell-O tho’).
You can catch John Krasinki’s A Quiet Place Part 2 as it creeps into cinemas on the 19th of March.