The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been expanding rapidly on both the big and small screens, with new movies, TV shows, and streaming series announced or released year-round. One of the highly anticipated future projects is the Fantastic Four, a superhero team that has been featured in various comic book series since the early 1960s. Created by the legendary duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Fantastic Four follows the adventures of four astronauts who gained superpowers after being exposed to cosmic radiation during a space mission. The team is comprised of Reed Richards (aka Mr. Fantastic), Sue Storm (aka Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (aka Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (aka The Thing).
Fantastic Four Movie Past Box Office Failures
However, despite the popularity and potential of the Fantastic Four, the previous attempts to adapt them for the silver screen have not been very successful. The two movies released in 2005 and 2007, respectively, as well as the 2015 reboot, received mixed to negative reviews from critics and audiences, and failed to launch a successful franchise for the beloved characters. Therefore, many Marvel fans are hoping that the upcoming MCU version of the Fantastic Four will finally do the team justice and provide a faithful, exciting, and entertaining adaptation of their exploits.
One crucial aspect of any superhero adaptation is the casting, as the actors chosen to portray the beloved characters can make or break the audience’s engagement and investment in the story. Therefore, it’s no surprise that any news or rumors related to the Fantastic Four casting are quickly analyzed, discussed, and debated by fans and media outlets alike. Recently, a couple of industry insiders have shared some rumors regarding the potential actors considered for the roles of Sue Storm and Reed Richards, two of the most crucial members of the team.
Fantastic Four Casting Rumors
According to Daniel Rickman, a trusted insider, Adam Driver is in final negotiations to play Reed Richards, the brilliant scientist who can stretch his body to incredible lengths and shapes. While this has not been officially confirmed by Marvel or Disney, the news has excited many fans who admire Driver’s acting talents and versatility. However, another insider named Grace Randolph has suggested that four actresses are in the running for Sue Storm, Reed’s fiancée, and the Invisible Woman. The actresses named by Randolph are Mila Kunis, Jodie Comer, Allison Williams, and Vanessa Kirby.
While Randolph’s list seems plausible and diverse, with the actresses having different backgrounds and strengths, one of them seems to have gained more traction and support from other insiders. Mila Kunis, who is best known for her roles in That ’70s Show, Family Guy, and Black Swan, has reportedly met with Matt Shakman, the director of Fantastic Four, for a possible role in the movie. This news comes from two separate insiders, Film Odyssey and My Time to Shine Hello, who have tweeted that Kunis is indeed in the running for Sue Storm, and that she might be officially cast in the role next week.
Mila Kunis Cast as Sue Storm?
Of course, these rumors should be taken as such, and not as confirmed facts or official announcements. However, the fact that several insiders have mentioned Kunis as a potential candidate for Sue Storm lends some credibility to the news. It’s also worth noting that Kunis, while not an obvious choice for the role, has shown her dramatic and comedic skills in various roles, and could bring some nuance and edge to Sue, who is often portrayed as the heart and soul of the Fantastic Four.
Nevertheless, some Marvel fans might be skeptical or disappointed by the news of Kunis potentially playing Sue, as they might have preferred a different actress or an unknown talent to bring freshness and surprise to the role. As the YouTuber Michael Roman, aka All Fires, notes in his video, he does not see Kunis as a mainstream or Silver Screen actress, and thinks that typecasting and familiarity can hinder the audience’s enjoyment of the movie. However, he also acknowledges the possibility that Kunis might surprise him and others with her performance, and that he is open to giving her a fair chance.
As with any superhero adaptation, the casting choices can be a tricky and sensitive topic, as fans have their own expectations and dreams for the characters they love. However, it’s important to remember that the ultimate goal of any adaptation is to tell a compelling and engaging story, and that the actors chosen to bring the characters to life should be judged based on their skills, suitability, and chemistry with the other cast members. Therefore, while the rumors of Kunis playing Sue Storm might not excite everyone, they should be considered as part of the ongoing speculation and anticipation for the Fantastic Four’s MCU debut.