Pedro Pascal has officially joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, marking a significant development in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and stunning concept designs have already surfaced online in response to his casting as Reed Richards.
The reboot of the MCU’s Fantastic Four was initially announced in 2019, keeping most details about the project under wraps, including the cast members. However, in November 2023, it was unveiled that Pedro Pascal was in advanced discussions to portray Reed Richards in the film.
Known as the internet’s beloved father figure, Pedro Pascal’s potential role as Mister Fantastic sparked a flurry of speculation and imaginative concept designs across social media platforms. One such design, crafted by digital artist “Spdrmnkyxxiii” on Instagram, showcases Pascal as Reed Richards donning the iconic Fantastic Four suit.
If Pedro Pascal officially takes on the role of Reed Richards, he would become the fourth actor to bring the leader of Marvel’s first family to life in a live-action adaptation. Ioan Gruffudd, Miles Teller, and John Krasinski have previously portrayed the character.
The Fantastic Four casting rumors won’t stop
Contrary to earlier rumors, Pedro Pascal’s involvement in the Fantastic Four reboot caught many off guard, as Jake Gyllenhaal was initially considered the front-runner for the role of Mister Fantastic, with others like Matt Smith, Adam Driver, and Dev Patel also mentioned.
Attention has now shifted to the character Sue Storm, who is expected to take center stage in the reboot. While Vanessa Kirby is rumored to be the top choice, a range of actresses, from Emma Stone to Margot Robbie, have been linked to potential roles in Marvel’s fresh take on the Fantastic Four.
Speculation has also surrounded Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm, with Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Joseph Quinn, and Paul Mescal rumored for roles as The Thing and The Human Torch.
Expanding beyond the titular Fantastic Four, Marvel is reportedly eyeing Javier Bardem and Antonio Banderas for the roles of Galactus, the film’s supposed main villain. Additionally, Cillian Murphy is said to be the top pick for Doctor Doom, a character expected to play a significant role in the MCU’s future, despite a potentially limited role in the film.
Regardless of the final casting decisions for the reboot, Pedro Pascal’s inclusion as Mister Fantastic sets a strong foundation. Anticipation is high for an exceptional supporting cast, ensuring the MCU’s attempt to revitalize its first family is a resounding success.