Ever since director Hayward’s reveal in WandaVision E4 about the apparently disrupted astronaut core, which was apparently a major focus during SWORD’s early phase, rumors have abounded as to whether that admission was a subtle nod to the Fantastic Four’s introduction to the MCU. sooner rather than later.
The Fantastic Four has long been considered Marvel’s “first family”, introduced in November 1961 and nearly two years older than both the Avengers and the first incarnation of the X-Men.
During Disney Investor Day last December, Kevin Feige announced that a Fantastic Four movie was going into pre-production and went on to say that Jon Watts had recently been signed to direct the project. No stranger to Marvel, Watts recently helmed both the Spider-Man Homecoming and Far from Home films and is in the director’s chair for the upcoming multiverse Spider-Man saga set to hit theaters in December 2021 before his attention turned to the Fantastic Four.
To date, that’s the only official announcement from staff or cast for the upcoming Fantastic four restart.
This was exciting news for fans who had long hoped that Marvel could do the first family right after Fox’s three unsuccessful attempts to bring the Fantastic Four to the big screen. These include the 2005 and 2007 photos that were panned almost universally and Josh Trank’s 2015 reboot fared even worse, at just over $ 167 million worldwide, which is terrible for a superhero movie.
While the future Fantastic Four episode probably won’t hit theaters until 2023 or maybe a little later, Marvel has a pattern of slowly introducing characters to build both excitement and character development. By the time the Avengers hit the screen in 2012, fans were very well acquainted with the members of the group. It makes sense that Marvel will do the same with both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.
Enter Reed Richards, leader of the Fantastic Four, inventor extraordinaire, and possesses Tony Stark brilliant level, and one of the few characters in the MCU that we can say is a true astrophysicist or at least portrays skills in the comics to match that title. The specificity of that word used by Monica to describe her contact is too specific, meaning that introducing just another high-flown MCU scientist (i.e. Shuri, Hank McCoy, Bruce Banner etc.) would make little sense.
In April 2020, Geeks Worldwide reported that John Krasinski, the current favorite for playing Mr. Fantastic in the MCU, was meeting with Marvel buyer to discuss future projects, although little else is known about the conversation, but the timing is interesting. Some people think that Monica’s statement is a deception and that a casting of that magnitude, not to mention an important character introduction, couldn’t be kept secret. I’ll remind people that Luke Skywalker’s arrival at the end of The Mandalorian and Evan Peters’ cameo on WandaVision were concealed without any problem. Maybe Marvel is getting better at this.
Interestingly, shooting for WandaVision began in November 2019 and resumed in September 2020 after Covid took a break in March. Additionally, Evan Peters wasn’t cast until months before his shooting, so it’s plausible that if an actor signed on for the role of Reed Richards, it could have happened recently if Marvel’s goal is to start bleeding into characters that eventually become the Fantastic Four. will form. as well as other heroes for their many upcoming Phase 4 projects.
WHAT IF, Reed Richards is an astrophysicist who contracts with SWORD (just like our friend Darcy) but has not yet acquired his powers through cosmic energy. Further, WHAT IF, under new leadership, Reed, and the others, most notably Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm, continue SWORD’s exploratory nature after WandaVision and therefore the Fantastic Four are later born in their full glory, but prior to the Fantastic Four movie release.
A few other ties that tie indicate that John Krasinski has expressed an interest in being in the MCU as early as February 2020 and Reed Richards, “I would love to be in the Marvel universe. I have no idea what [Marvel] to think. But if they are considering me for Mister Fantastic, keep looking at me because I would love it. “
The connections are further confirmed when Kevin Feige admitted to an upcoming ‘office-inspired’ episode in November 2020 for WandaVisionEpisode 7 is about to enter a new decade meaning the ‘office’ episode is coming and what better symbolism do we need than seeing John Krasinski appear at a parallel time when the show he made famous, rears its head in Westview. This would usher in an exciting new era for the MCU, and fandom would hit ‘Skywalker-esque’ madness if this happened. And that’s what Marvel wants.
In closing, it can be agreed that this could be a simple distraction from Marvel to shed rabid fanboys while dangling red herrings for us. Or they can introduce a character with a loose or albeit small connection to the MCU, at least so far. But the key elements pointing to the likelihood that our mystery “astrophysicist” is Reed Richards is certainly stronger than any other theory so far. It would certainly be the bombshell promised by both Paul Bettany and recently by Elizabeth Olsen when she was asked in an interview with TVLine if there was any major casting for the show that was unreleased, to which she replied, “Yes … I’m really excited. ”Is Marvel seriously holding out a big cameo until the last episode? Possible, but questionable.
Perhaps E7 will answer the question of whether Reed Richards and thus the Fantastic Four have finally arrived in the MCU. Stay tuned! Image above by The Cosmic Wonder on Youtube.
Subjects: WandaVision, Fantastic Four