The Office alum John Krasinski had long been a fan-favourite choice to play Mister Fantastic and the actor finally got the chance to do so as a member of The Illuminati in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Added during reshoots, Reed Richards' role in the sequel was far too brief and his death at the hands of the Scarlet Witch...well, the less said about that, the better. Even so, it was a blast to see Krasinski suit up and a nice surprise to see the stretchy superhero make his MCU debut on Earth-838.
Unfortunately, Krasinski isn't expected to play the MCU's Reed Richards in Matt Shakman's Fantastic Four reboot, though some impressive names - including Matt Smith and Jake Gyllenhaal - are said to be in the running.
Concept art from the Doctor Strange sequel has now been revealed which offers a first look at the different costume designs considered for Reed in the movie. Among them is a blue and white version harkening back to one of the team's classic comic book looks.
While Reed's role was brief, Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron always planned on throwing the hero into the mix. "I always wanted Reed Richards in this thing," he revealed last year. "In my very first draft, I wrote a tag just for the hell of it, of the events of the movie being recorded and reviewed by somebody in the Baxter Building, and a stretchy hand coming into frame to run it back."
"Reed is probably my favourite Marvel comics character," Waldron added, "so I was always gunning to get him in here somewhere."
Check out this new Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness concept art below.
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+.