Pedro Pascal Cast as Mr. Fantastic in Marvel’s New Fantastic Four Movie

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Pedro Pascal Cast as Mr. Fantastic

Pedro Pascal Cast as Mr. Fantastic in Marvel’s New Fantastic Four Movie

The potential casting for Reed Richards in The Fantastic Four has surfaced, and it appears that Pedro Pascal, known for his roles in The Last of Us, The Mandalorian, and other genre shows, might step into the shoes of the MCU’s elastic superhero.

While discussions are underway, nothing has been officially confirmed. Initial rumors gained traction on social media last week, and according to Deadline’s sources, negotiations seem to be progressing positively. The filming of The Fantastic Four, directed by Matt Shakman, is reportedly scheduled to commence next year.

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Should the agreement come to fruition, Pascal would step into the role of Reed Richards, succeeding John Krasinski, known as Jim from The Office, who made a cameo as the leader of the Fantastic Four in 2022’s Multiverse of Madness. Krasinski’s casting was reportedly a response to “fan demand,” but he wasn’t invited back to the MCU. He follows Ioan Gruffudd, the previous Mister Fantastic in The Fantastic Four’s earlier versions.


Given the active presence of the multiverse in the MCU, the decision to recast the role appears like money in the bank. With Pascal, the MCU would gain yet another immensely popular and bankable star. Fans have begun to debate the casting online with many overjoyed by the prospect of Pascal joining the MCU. Others are less enthused, wishing that Krasinski would get a bigger opportunity to stretch his role as Mr. Fantastic once again.

Pascal’s upcoming films include the highly anticipated Gladiator 2, set to continue production following the resolution of the Hollywood actor’s strike.

The Fantastic Four has been in development for a while and is helmed by director Matt Shakman and written by Josh Friedman. Although details are scarce, it has been confirmed that the film won’t delve into an origin story, but will rely heavily on the comics as source material. The release is scheduled for May 2, 2025, as part of the ongoing Phase 5 of the MCU.

In the broader context of Marvel, the MCU is currently undergoing shifts, notably with director Destin Daniel Cretton’s departure from Avengers: Kang Dynasty. We’ll have to wait and see how Fantastic Four will fit the ever-changing MCU. Let us know your thoughts on this casting addition. Do you prefer Pascal to Krasinski? Sound off in a comment.


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