Bannouncement news this week for those fans hoping to see John Krasinsky confirmed as the new Reed Richards, after his sterling cameo as Mister Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Justin Kroll of Deadline reports that Marvel is no closer to deciding a director for its Fantastic Four remake, which means it could take some time until the news roll. According to Hollywood business journalist, studio superior Kevin Feige wants to find a producer with the power. and congratulations on overseeing the project without too much Marvel interference, as Sam Raimi did with Madness.
Krasinski brags about the right combination of brain and brain to make a great Richards, who in the comics is not only the toughest superhero around but also the smartest. But there is no guarantee that his appearance in Raimi’s film means that he will also appear again: the version we encountered in Madness’s Multiverse was from another universe. There’s certainly no way back for that particular Mister Fantastic iteration that was cut and cut by Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch as if it were made of plasticine. In the years to come, we may realize that Krasinsky’s appearance was a cunning false dawn inspired by Fans’ eagerness for the actor to team up with his real-life wife Emily Blunt as Richards and Susan Storm, AKA the Invisible Woman. Perhaps the question we should be asking is why Marvel takes so long to bring the Amazing Four into the MCU. What exactly is the robbery here?
Always since Disney bought 21st Century Fox in 2019 the studio was in a position to bring all the Marvel superheroes previously owned (according to the big screen rights) by its rival studio into the main fold. But so far it has not been entirely successful in doing so, except with the alternate versions we saw in Madness’s Multiverse, which also included Patrick Stewart’s Professor X. Aside from this passing cameo, Xavier’s X-Men remain missing from the MCU, which means we still don’t know who the new Jean Gray will be, let alone what the MCU will face characters like Storm, Rogue, Beast or Wolverine. Karl Urban, whom many fans would love to portray the adamantium-claw mutant, excluded himself in a recent interview, saying he is too old to be a long-term choice. So when will Marvel come to all these reforms?
Those who feel impatient would do well to remember why the MCU has become so popular during its 28-film run so far. Rather than rush to introduce new superheroes into the fight every five minutes without properly putting them to bed with audiences, the studio cleverly featured all of its great batsmen over time. Characters such as Mighty Man, Captain America and Thor all got their own movies first, while other heroes such as Spider-Man got cameos before getting their own title. Wonderful might have evoked a world in which aliens can snap half of the known galaxy out of existence, but it rarely takes fans for granted by depicting characters who are anything less than fully formed.
The problem for the studio when it comes to the introduction of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, is like explaining their absence from the main Marvel reality up to this point. The emergence of the Multiverse presents the perfect solution: they simply existed in other realities. Perhaps one of these even looked a lot like Fox movies.
There are other benefits as well. If the Amazing Four came from another reality, we wouldn’t need their cheese origin story to be played for the inside time. If Wolverine does the same, Marvel won’t have to explain why no one has heard of the Weapon X program before. And most fans will be perfectly pleased to imagine that these original stories still exist there in another, distant and half-remembered reality.
How do we know whether to expect the Fantastic Four and X-Men to bleed through other universes or suddenly arrive full-fledged in the MCU? There should be clues in future Marvel movies: if alternate realities continue to clash and merge into movies like Thor: Love and ThunderBlack Panther: Wakanda Forever and Ant Man and the Vesp: Quantumania, all of which hit theaters in the next 12 months, is a fair bet that the studio will continue to use all the tools at its disposal when it comes to bringing in new characters.
And if our heroes happen to find themselves in a universe where everyone swears a lot and the body count seems to be much higher than usual, don’t be surprised if it’s certain. mouthwash, self-healing mutant lurking in a dark corner just waiting to experience the joy of interdimensional chemichangas.