It’s being reported that Marvel Studios is looking at Dev Patel to play Reed Richards, aka Mr Fantastic, in the upcoming MCU Fantastic Four movie. His is just the latest name in the already very long shortlist for the role.
We’ve heard reports that the likes of Adam Driver, Penn Badgley and John Krasinski are all being looked at for the role. Krasinski has seemingly bowed out of the race for the role. However, Driver, Badgley and now Patel are seemingly all in contention to play Reed Richards in the Fantastic Four film.
Honestly, Patel would be a really good choice for the role, and I think he would suit it a bit better than Driver would. That was always a bit of an odd shout for me. However, it was being thrown around the Internet by some pretty reputable journalists, so who knows?
Could Dev Patel play Reed Richards in the Fantastic Four movie?
But, first thing’s first, let’s discuss where this casting rumour comes from. So, surprise, surprise, the rumour is coming from Reddit. According to the moderators of r/MarvelStudiosSpoilers (via ComicBookMovie), The Green Knight star is Marvel Studios’ “number one choice” for the role.
It has to be said that Patel’s name is one that’s come up a lot amongst Marvel movie fans. They all seem to think that the Slumdog Millionaire actor would be the perfect choice for the role. However, it remains to be seen whether he really is Marvel Studios ‘top choice’ for the role.
I would love it to happen because I think that he’s a really talented actor, and he looks the part. However, fan casting isn’t something that Marvel dabbles in too much. They did cast John Krasinski as Reed Richards for Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. However, it seems as though that was a one-off sort of deal.
When will the movie be released in cinemas?
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So, will the Slumdog Millionaire actor be cast in the role? Only time will tell. That said, I do hope it happens. As for the rest of the Fantastic Four, we still know next to nothing about who will be portraying those iconic Marvel Comics roles.
We’re going to be seeing the MCU’s take on Reed Richards, Ben Grimm, Susan Storm and Johnny Storm, who also go by their superhero aliases, which are: Mister Fantastic, The Thing, Invisible Woman and Human Torch.
They are considered Marvel Comics’ ‘first family’, and they were an important part of what made Marvel so successful way back when the first Fantastic Four issue was released in 1961.
The Fantastic Four were created by artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby and editor/co-plotter Stan Lee. It’s a shame that neither of them lived long enough to see the Fantastic Four be brought to the MCU.
Stan Lee did cameo in two of the Fantastic Four movies that were made by 20th Century Fox, but I don’t think he made an appearance in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie that was released in 2015.
It was actually reported that Lee declined to make a cameo in the film. Given how awful the movie turned out to be, it was a good thing that Lee didn’t end up in it. The first two Fox movies were bad enough, but Trank’s movie was on a whole other level.
Marvel Studio’s Fantastic Four movie is scheduled for release in cinemas on February 14th, 2025 and is going to be directed by Matt Shakman. He was the man behind the WandaVision series and ended up getting the gig after its original director, Jon Watts, left the project due to “creative differences” with Marvel Studios.
What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to watching the Fantastic Four film when it’s finally released in cinemas? Do you think that The Green Knight star would be a good choice to play Reed Richards in the movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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