“The Fantastic Four” Might Be Marvel’s Needed Reboot, with an Amazing Cast and (Maybe) Set in the 1960s

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Written By Vikas Jangid

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Future Marvel Stars: The Fantastic Four Casting

Christopher Nolan recently stated that choosing Robert Downey Jr. to play Tony Stark in "Iron Man" was one of the most significant casting decisions in movie history.

By the end of this decade, the same might be said for the four actors chosen to portray the main characters in Marvel's "The Fantastic Four":

Pedro Pascal, Vanessa Kirby, Joseph Quinn, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Similar to Downey.

all of these actors have recently been involved in major productions—Pascal in "The Mandalorian" and "The Last of Us," Kirby in the latest "Mission: Impossible" movies, Quinn in "Stranger Things," and Moss-Bachrach in "Andor." However, none of them have starred in their own major action blockbusters until signing on with Marvel.

Marvel's Need for New Central Characters: The Legacy of Iron Man and Captain America

Robert Downey Jr., known for his role as Iron Man, was pivotal in driving the Marvel Cinematic Universe forward for over a decade, featuring in 10 films that collectively grossed $12.5 billion globally before Iron Man's demise in "Avengers: Endgame" in 2019.

Since then, Downey's absence, along with Chris Evans' departure as Captain America, has been keenly felt by Marvel fans. These two characters represent contrasting personalities.

Stark the bold, charming genius, and Cap the steadfast, humble warrior—formed the core of the early MCU, serving as its gravitational center.

With the Guardians of the Galaxy disbanding, Spider-Man and Thor taking breaks, and the tragic losses of Black Widow and Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman, Marvel has been in need of characters to anchor the franchise.

Despite the presence of Doctor Strange and Ant-Man, who have been effective supporting characters, they haven't quite filled the void left by Iron Man and Captain America as the central figures of the franchise.

The Potential of the New Fantastic Four

The upcoming Fantastic Four film could potentially fill the void left by iconic characters like Iron Man and Captain America, as the new cast steps into roles that have been beloved in comic books since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced them in 1961, laying the foundation for the Marvel universe.

Pedro Pascal's Reed Richards and Joseph Quinn's Johnny Storm embody qualities reminiscent of Stark and Cap—Reed as the humble genius and Johnny as the bold, adventurous warrior.

Sue's Invisible Woman possesses formidable powers but remains grounded in everyday concerns unlike Captain Marvel or Scarlet Witch. Meanwhile, Ebon Moss-Bachrach's Ben Grimm presents a character filled with pathos, trapped in the monstrous body of the Thing, yet without the Hulk's uncontrollable rage or Rocket's cynicism.

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