Between pure and hard fan service and true/false teasing of a future franchise, this appearance of a certain character in Doctor Strange 2 is likely to make people talk.
Warning, big spoilers to follow if you haven’t seen it yet. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. You have been warned.
In the middle of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it’s the surprise: while we discover the long-awaited Illuminati, here comes Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four in the middle of them, in the guise of John Krasinski. The director of the first two Without a sound and the eternal Jim of The Office therefore officially becomes the first incarnation of the character in the MCU… but is killed by Wanda Maximoff a few minutes later, just like the alternate versions of Captain Marvel (Lashana Lynch), Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), Black Bolt (hard to recognize but it is obviously Anson Mount, who therefore resumes his role from the aborted series The Inhumans) and Captain Carter (Hayley Atwell).
In short, back to our sheep and this small appearance of a bearded Reed Richards. A way to satisfy the fanbase at little cost? Cameo for gaga nerds, who claimed loud and clear on social networks that Krasinski embodies Mr Fantastic? Surely. But perhaps not so anecdotal as that: the Marvel Studios film dedicated to the Fantastic Four is still in active development (if director Jon Watts recently left the project, there is no doubt that he will be replaced very soon). We won’t know until Marvel speaks on the subject, but the firm seems to be announcing long-term projects with Krasinski instead.
Anyway, can the studio really afford to heat up the public in this way and then completely change the cast in the feature film on the Fantastic Four? This would seem complicated from a pure marketing point of view. Especially if we refer to the logic of the multiverse made in MCU, where most of the “variants” from the parallel universe are generally interpreted by the same actor. And with Jon Watts now out of the equation, Krasinski would have the big advantage of being able to both play Reed Richards and direct the film himself.
Moreover, during his few scenes of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Reed Richards has time to place that he has children (like in the comics) and a wife. What let the public imagine, and without ever showing it, Emily Blunt – married to Krasinski in real life – in the skin of Sue Storm / The invisible woman. The fans would surely make a syncope of it.
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