DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Artist Explains Approach To Mister Fantastic's First MCU Costume

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS Artist Explains Approach To Mister Fantastic's First MCU Costume

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness concept artist Ryan Meinerding reflects on creating Mister Fantastic's costume in the sequel, revealing how he incorporated the hero's powers into his suit...

By JoshWilding - Sep 26, 2023 09:09 AM EST
Source: The Direct

Shortly before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was released, a hard-to-believe rumour about John Krasinski playing Mister Fantastic in the sequel started doing the rounds online. 

We initially scoffed at the possibility but when Disney started sending out requests to websites and social media accounts to take their stories down, it became clear there was some truth to the news. That wasn't confirmed until we watched the movie itself, of course, and Krasinski's cameo was definitely memorable. 

It was also a little too brief, though that was likely a result of Reed Richards not being added to the movie until last-minute reshoots!

Talking in the Doctor Strange sequel's newly released "Art of" book, Marvel Studios' Head of Visual Development, Ryan Meinerding, looked back on the privilege of getting to design Mister Fantastic's first-ever MCU costume. 

"Any time we get back into the characters that are from the very beginning, it ends up feeling like a tremendous responsibility," he admits. "You have to get it right. You have to modernize it to a degree, but you also have to get something that is going to resonate with the fans and feel like the character."

"In the case of Mister Fantastic, he's one of those characters that's already been on the big screen," Meinerding adds. "So you're trying to come up with something that still feels classic and interesting, yet modern enough to exist in an MCU movie and distinct from what's been done before."

To achieve that, the artist found himself looking for ways to incorporate the leader of the Fantastic Four's powers into what he was wearing. "The intent of putting those extra stripes in there," Meinerding notes, "was to say that the black parts add structure to the costume and to his body, and the blue parts stretch."

Krasinski isn't expected to reprise this role in Matt Shakman's Fantastic Four reboot (Matt Smith, Adam Driver, and Jake Gyllenhaal are said to be among Marvel Studios' top picks) so this was likely a one-and-done appearance for the actor and his costume. With that in mind, we'd expect another redesign in 2025!

In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the Marvel Cinematic Universe unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. We'll journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

The movie's cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stühlbarg, and Rachel McAdams. 

The film is directed by Sam Raimi, and Kevin Feige is the producer. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Eric Hauserman Carroll and Jamie Christopher serve as executive producers. The screenplay was written by Loki Head Writer Michael Waldron. 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+.

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DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 9/26/2023, 9:27 AM
Loved Krasinski's demeanor as Reed in DSitMoM, but nothing about his suit felt "classic" like Meinerding says. He's provided some of the MCU's best concept art, with his 3-part Infinty War posters being among his best work, but this just ain't it, chief.
AllsGood
AllsGood - 9/26/2023, 9:33 AM
Marvel Studios Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is still one of my all-time favorite Marvel movies.
slickrickdesigns
slickrickdesigns - 9/26/2023, 9:40 AM
@AllsGood - it was the best of phase 4 for me. I really enjoyed it from front to back.
AllsGood
AllsGood - 9/26/2023, 9:45 AM
@slickrickdesigns - Better than some in Marvel Phase 3 for me.
regularmovieguy
regularmovieguy - 9/26/2023, 10:39 AM
@AllsGood

Read today that it had 30+ re-writes, lol.
AllsGood
AllsGood - 9/26/2023, 10:49 AM
@regularmovieguy - In my opinion Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is greater than Captain America: The Winter Soldier, First Avenger, Iron-Man 1, 2, 3. Actually, Multiverse of Madness is greater than all of Marvel Studios Phase One movies.
AllsGood
AllsGood - 9/26/2023, 11:07 AM
@regularmovieguy - Another Marvel Studios Masterpiece Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It's Greater than Captain America: The Winter Soldier, First Avenger, Iron-Man 1, 2, 3. Actually, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is greater than all of Marvel Studios Phase One movies.

slickrickdesigns
slickrickdesigns - 9/26/2023, 9:38 AM
His suit was good enough. But I assume the process was, look at 5 designs from concept artist and choose the one that best fits the scene for the movie.
Gabimaru
Gabimaru - 9/26/2023, 9:42 AM
average suit if you asked me. I've seen it thousand times in some fanarts
DevilsDreams
DevilsDreams - 9/26/2023, 9:43 AM
I still don't really get why they are looking to cast someone other than Krasinski for Mr Fantastic...

As for the other front runners... didn't Jake play Mysterio in the MCU..? how would he be in the running to play Mr Fantastic??
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 9/26/2023, 9:57 AM
@DevilsDreams - "I still don't really get why they are looking to cast someone other than Krasinski for Mr Fantastic..."

I imagine he's either older than they want, or he turned them down. They can't make him do it if he doesn't want to.

"didn't Jake play Mysterio in the MCU..? how would he be in the running to play Mr Fantastic??"

WhatIfRickJames
WhatIfRickJames - 9/26/2023, 9:47 AM
That's the balance you have to make - taking the comic version and making it practical. Unfortunately, the practical can look like bad Under Armor gear. His suit wasn't terrible but good enough to sell it. When he appeared, I saw Mr. Fantastic on the screen and didn't feel that it was ridiculous.
KindredMac
KindredMac - 9/26/2023, 9:59 AM
I am so disappointed that John Krasinski won't be our Reed Richards going forward.
Even with the tiny amount of screen time he had, his initial take on the character was the best that I've seen in a live action Reed.
Compassionate, stoic, always thinking... Granted the fact that he went down so easily is a little bothersome but that just goes to show the arrogance of that universe's heroes.
As far as his costume, I think it is the best F4 look. Nails a mix of classic with modern. Got rid of the white color which doesn't look good anymore.
BobGarlen
BobGarlen - 9/26/2023, 10:24 AM
Most of the concept art was objectively better, like unquestionably so. That being said, I really liked the suit. I really wished we got a Marvel Legends figure of Illuminati Reed Richards.
RitoRevolto
RitoRevolto - 9/26/2023, 10:55 AM
I liked what we got as an end result, it really wasn't as bad as people made it seem.
GeneralZod
GeneralZod - 9/26/2023, 11:15 AM
The "4" came out good graphically, but the rest of the outfit design was anything but classic, and it had a rubbery look to it. I wasn't impressed.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 9/26/2023, 11:29 AM
"The intent of putting those extra stripes in there was to say that the black parts add structure to the costume"

I feel every suit since Age of Ultron has lines and stripes running all over it, but this is the first time I hear about them having a purpose.

Wonder if we'll see a new suit or an updated version of this one for MCU Reed.
DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 9/26/2023, 12:20 PM
@bkmeijer1 -

Pattern-wise, it does resemble his Future Foundation suit, only replacing the white part with the team's classic blue. But with the texture feeling all layered and stacked like it did, it ends up taking away from their signature material of unstable molecules.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 9/26/2023, 2:33 PM
@DrReedRichards - it kinda does, but I think the lines/stripes are too thick. Same with the padding. It just makes it looks too similar to Ms. Marvel or Shang-Chi
Fares
Fares - 9/26/2023, 1:21 PM
If it was up to me, Loan Gruffudd would've been the cameo in MoM along with Patrick Stewart. And they could've saved John Krasinski for a Secret Wars cameo if they were never planning on making him the main Mr. Fantastic.

By the way, Loan's suit is pretty slick without having a lot of details. I'm not big on the long gloves, but I convey a classic scientist look who's always elbow-deep into experiments. The other members however don't really need them.


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