Marvel’s consideration of Pedro Pascal for the role of Mister Fantastic in the upcoming Fantastic Four movie has ignited a lively debate among fans. Rumors suggest that while Pascal hasn’t officially signed on, Marvel is in talks for him to play Reed Richards in the highly-anticipated film. This has led to a comparison with John Krasinski, who briefly portrayed a variant of Mister Fantastic in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”
The fanbase appears divided, with some supporting Pascal, known for his roles in “Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” and “The Mandalorian.” Others staunchly advocate for John Krasinski, citing his previous brief appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Critics of Pascal’s potential casting argue, “Imagine downgrading from John Krasinski to Pedro Pascal. Marvel continues to make all the wrong decisions.” Another fan expressed skepticism, stating, “At best he’s a doctor doom [sic]. He ain’t no Reed Richards.”
However, there are supporters of Pascal who believe he would bring a unique and diverse acting style to the role. One fan defended the choice, saying, “I know a lot of people wanted John Krasinski to stay, but remembering his performance in Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent AND Mandalorian, I think he actually has both the comedic and dramatic chops to play Reed Richards.”
On the other hand, Krasinski’s fans are disappointed, with one stating, “We just wanted some good news, but we got the worst news imaginable tonight.” They argue that Krasinski’s cameo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe already showcased his potential for the role and his established connection with the audience.
The casting decision for Mister Fantastic is crucial for Marvel as it continues to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the Fantastic Four set to begin filming early next year and a release date scheduled for May 2, 2025, the ongoing discussion about casting choices reflects the passionate engagement of fans in major film franchises. As the debate rages on, the studio faces the challenge of meeting fan expectations and making a decision that will resonate with audiences.