It's only a matter of time before the Fantastic Four return to the big screen, this time as part of the MCU, and John Krasinski and Emily Blunt should be at the heart of the reboot. Currently co-starring in the smash horror hit A Quiet Place, which Krasinski directed and co-wrote, the real-life married couple is the ideal choice to portray the Reed and Sue Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman.
Of course, fans must wait for the Disney purchase of Fox's properties to be finalized, a deal which would see the movie rights to Marvel's First Family return home. Under Fox, the Fantastic Four have already been in three movies with two different sets of casts and creative teams, but the consensus among fans is that none of those movies have gotten the team right. Joining the MCU allows for Marvel Studios' hit-making machine to get their hands on the original superhero team that kickstarted their comics universe. Given the studio's track record - witness how they rejuvenated Spider-Man after Sony's bungling of the franchise - Fantastic Four desperately needs Marvel's magic touch.
The good news is Krasinski has already stated his interest; while promoting A Quiet Place, the actor-director told Screen Rant he would love to head up a Fantastic Four reboot alongside Blunt. But what makes them such perfect choices to head up the family?
Krasinski And Blunt Should Play Reed And Sue Richards...
There's an inherent novelty to having a real-life married couple portray arguably the most celebrated married superheroes in the Marvel Universe. However, with Blunt and Krasinski there's a genuine, on-screen chemistry, something already witnessed in A Quiet Place. Having the duo as Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman would be similar to when the then-married Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt starred in Mr. & Mrs. Smith; part of the fun there was seeing the two portray a couple on-screen and watching their real-life rapport bleed into the movie. They are plainly likable together, something that can't be quite said of previous versions of the characters.
They bring the goods indivdiually too. John has years of comedic goodwill built up from his starring role as Jim Halpert on The Office, but he's also acted in numerous feature films and ventured into action roles like Michael Bay's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. He'll soon topline the upcoming Jack Ryan TV series based on Tom Clancy's famous spy. Blunt herself is no stranger to action films - she was fierce in Denis Villeneuve's Sicario and Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow - although most audiences still remember her best from her comedic role opposite Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.
Rather humorously, they both had close calls to be part of the early MCU; Krasinski was once considered for Captain America while Blunt's scheduling conflicts forced her to turn down the role of Black Widow in Iron Man 2. But Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman are much better fits for them as actors and as a couple.
Krasinski projects both warmth and intelligence, two qualities that Reed Richards needs for audiences to fully embrace the brainy, sometimes emotionally distant super genius (that warmth part is something the previous actors to play Reed, Ioan Gruffudd and Miles Teller, lacked). In A Quiet Place, we see Krasinski's character Lee Abbott working in a lab to try to figure out the weaknesses of the alien monsters, and it's an easy leap to see him tinkering with super science in the Baxter Building as Mr. Fantastic. Blunt can be both funny and maternal, but also heroically determined, which are hallmarks of the Invisible Woman.
What makes them so suitable, though, is that this casting also solves that big director problem.
...And John Krasinski Should Direct Fantastic Four
A Quiet Place is only John Krasinski's third feature film as a director, yet it's a remarkably confident and accomplished work that deftly walks the tightrope between a horror-thriller, science fiction, and an emotionally resonant family drama. Krasinski has also directed a few episodes of The Office so he has cut his teeth on comedy. He has demonstrated great ability at all of these filmmaking elements, and applying them to a superhero blockbuster under the guidance of Marvel Studios would be a perfect next step.
Marvel has excelled in fitting hungry young directors with the right superhero properties. After A Quiet Place, Krasinski is very much in line with the likes of Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) who have reinvigorated the MCU - arguably further on give his latest movie's genre slant. He's pretty much an ideal fit; he has the thoughtfulness and vision to execute a high-concept sci-fi film with action and palpable tension that never loses sight of the necessary heart, emotion and family dynamics. Sound familiar?
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