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Who Should Play Them in the MCU?

In a huge deal in March 2019, Marvel Studios officially acquired and merged with Fox Studios for $71.3 billion USD. Marvel Studios, and fans around the world, rejoiced to hear this news, as with the deal, Marvel now owns the movie rights to, most notably, the X-Men and the Fantastic 4. Marvel originally sold these character rights to Constantin Studios in 1986 to avoid bankruptcy, and then Constantin Studios licensed those rights to Fox Studios in 2004. But now, after the monumental deal, Marvel now has them back and to use in future MCU film and television projects.

Mostly successful with the X-Men franchise of movies, including: X-Men, X2, X-Men: First Class and LoganCouldn’t Fox Studios find the same amount of happiness and success for their Fantastic four projects. In 2005 and 2007, Fox’s fantastic four, and the sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, premiered in theaters. While it was not a critical success, with mostly mixed to negative reviews, and a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, both Fox’s first Fantastic four films grossed a combined $619 million USD at the box office. After the bomb of Rise of the Silver SurferFox canceled a third movie and chose to reboot with Josh Trank’s fant4stic in 2015; which is considered one of the worst superhero movies ever made, with a rating of 9% on Rotten Tomatoes. Needless to say the Fantastic Four didn’t have the success they needed on screen. With Marvel Studios at the helm, the Fantastic Four should be able to be exchanged for a new audience. But first, the four must be cast, so who should play the new Fantastic Four in the MCU?

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4 The Human Torch: Zac Efron

Johnny Storm, brother of Susan Storm (Invisible Woman), is probably the most recognizable member of the superhero team, as he can transform into a man made of fire. Originally played by Chris Evans and then Micheal B. Jordan, The Human Torch is known for being a young, brash, and cocky young hero, and who better to play those strengths than Zac Efron† Recently starred Baywatch, The Greatest Showman and Neighbors, Efron has the aura and confidence to beat Johnny Storm in the MCU. And after reports that he would like to join the MCU, fans quickly cast him as the Human Torch.

3 The Thing: Colin Farrell

After his outstanding performance as the Penguin in the batterand his shocking transformation in the character, Colin Farrell should be in top consideration to play the orange creature known as The Thing. With a wide acting range, in movies Lobster until Fantastic Beasts† the Irish actor already has experience nailing a “tough guy” New York accent in the batteralong with elaborate makeup and prosthetics to get the look; it should be easy to step back into that kind of role for The Thing. He will have to switch to a good-hearted attitude, which should not be difficult for an actor of his caliber.


2 Invisible Woman: Saoirse Ronan

An actress with four Oscar nominations at 28, Saoirse Ronan is best known for her role in Ladybird as Lady Bird McPherson and Jo March in 2019 Little women. One of the younger castings here (Efron is 34 and Farrell is 45), Ronan has astonishing acting abilities, with critics saying she gives a fragile, yet complicated strength to the roles she stars in. This would be ideal for a casting in Susan Storm, the invisible woman, and wife of Reed Richards. One of the few up-and-coming actresses yet to join the MCU, Ronan could be a dark-horse casting for a Fantastic four movie.

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1 mr. Fantastic: Jharrel Jerome

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The first of the Fantastic Four to appear in the MCU, played by the much-loved John Krasinki (The office, A quiet place), Reed Richards is the leader of the team, with an intellect unmatched in the MCU, along with stretchy powers. Previously played by Ioan Gruffudd and Miles Teller, the casting of Mr. Fantastic a difficult process, but one that can be easy by casting Jharrel Jerome. Best known for his roles as Korey Wise in when they see us and Kevin in the winner of the best photo MoonlightJerome has shown that he has the chops to play serious, deep characters. With a deeply troubled character like Reed Richards (who has proven to go bad in any universe that exists without his family), Jerome should be able to get Mr. Fantastic to bring to life.

The following Fantastic four Marvel Studios film still years away and struggling with director’s problem after Jon Watts left; but it’s never too early to look ahead to who should be playing Marvel’s First Family. Especially now that expectations are high, with the fact that it is made by Marvel Studios.


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