FANTASTIC FOUR Filming Reportedly Delayed As Pedro Pascal Exits WEAPONS To Clear His Schedule

FANTASTIC FOUR Filming Reportedly Delayed As Pedro Pascal Exits WEAPONS To Clear His Schedule FANTASTIC FOUR Filming Reportedly Delayed As Pedro Pascal Exits WEAPONS To Clear His Schedule

Marvel Studios' Fantastic Four reboot was originally scheduled to begin shooting this April, but a new report is claiming that filming has now been pushed to later in the year...

By MarkCassidy - Jan 11, 2024 08:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four

Previous reports have indicated that cameras were set to begin rolling on Marvel Studios' Fantastic Four reboot around April, but it seems the production has been hit with a delay which could ultimately lead to the movie's May 2025 release date being pushed back.

According to Jeff Sneider, filming won't get underway until Q3 (between July and September), and he believes a release date change may be imminent.

In addition, Pedro Pascal - who is now said to be a lock to play Reed Richards - has been forced to drop out of Barbarian director Zach Cregger’s new horror film, Weapons, in order to clear his schedule for FF.

We're still waiting on that official cast announcement, but it's looking highly likely that Pascal will be joined by Vanessa Kirby (Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning) as Sue Storm, aka the Invisible Woman, Joseph Quinn (Stranger Things) as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Punisher, The Bear) as Ben Grimm, aka the Thing.

There are rumors that both Cillian Murphy (Oppenheimer) and Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One) are top picks to play Doctor Doom, but other actors are sure to be in contention.

The team's most prolific foe is not expected to have a significant role in the reboot (in fact, he may only show up in the post-credits scene), but the villain could well emerge as the new big bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - especially after the recent news that Marvel has decided to part ways with Kang actor Jonathan Majors.

Several well-placed sources have claimed that Doom will be one of the main villains of Avengers: Secret Wars.

Javier Bardem is said to be the top choice for Galactus, but his schedule may prevent him from signing on. The Eater of Worlds' herald is believed to be Silver Surfer, but a female take on the character. A recent rumor claimed that Anya Taylor-Joy is being eyed for that role.

Matt Shakman will direct FF from a script by Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer. Plot details are still a mystery, but Kevin Feige has confirmed that this will not be another origin story for the super-team.

“A lot of people know this origin story. A lot of people know the basics. How do we take that and bring something that they’ve never seen before?” he said in a 2022 interview, comparing this new take on the heroes to Marvel Studios' pact with Sony to bring Spider-Man into the MCU. “We’ve set a very high bar for ourselves with bringing that to the screen.”

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MisterDoctor217 - 1/11/2024, 8:17 AM
This is really sad news for me. I genuinely mean it when I say he’s not a fit for Reed Richards. He’s a cool dude and good actors hut some roles aren’t meant for everyone.
This casting would really just put me off the MCU for a long while.

These are some of my favorite characters,
I really want them to get them right.
Hopefully these are just rumors
Vigor - 1/11/2024, 8:54 AM
@MisterDoctor217 - I'm trying my best to remain open minded
Se4M4NSt4ine - 1/11/2024, 9:07 AM
@MisterDoctor217 - When will we learn that characters are not there to serve the actor, the actor is there to serve the character. Especially before a single scene is even shot…

When will we learn we don’t know shit about casting.

And of course, the one everyone likes to forget about - Iron Man himself.

No one wanted to see Downey succeed at the very start, especially after his off screen troubles.
tylerzero - 1/11/2024, 9:49 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine -

braunermegda - 1/11/2024, 9:50 AM
@MisterDoctor217 - relax, its not news and it is just rumours, as anything posted in here these days.
lazlodaytona - 1/11/2024, 9:51 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine - I agree with all those castings except for Robert Pattinson. That imo bruce wayne persona and stiff Batman ruined a lot of that film for me. Whole thing was regurgitated blandness.
MG0019 - 1/11/2024, 10:19 AM
@MisterDoctor217 - Agreed. It feels like Disney’s algorithm chose him. [Insert popular male actor name here]

He is a cool guy, & I like his work. But he doesn’t seem like a Reed Richards to me, & is looking kinda old now. Just cuz he has a string of hits doesn’t mean he’s right for every role.

Reminds me of a Batman Begins behind the scenes doc. Nolan wanted Bale from the start, & WB execs were tossing out every trending name at the time. Josh Harnet I think, probably Leo, a bunch of others that were fads of the moment. They can’t think past their marketing charts.
pitbull76 - 1/11/2024, 10:24 AM
@Se4M4NSt4ine - Good call i might be bias but i find no comic book franchise gets judge the most on casting like Batman.Heath Ledger casted as joker fanboys what do you mean the gay guy from Brokeback mountain is playing the Joker?Most of those people now greastest Joker ever.Robert Patterson signed on to play Batman most fanboys what do you mean the sparkly vampire from Twilight is playing him?Meanwhile the have seen some if not any of the independent movies he did after that.

bobevanz - 1/11/2024, 8:18 AM
He isn't confirmed, he never was. The copium is insane lol and assuming he left a project to do this is laughable. This is a terrible casting decision, it's a rumor that gets the discussion going, but like with Chris Pratt I'm tired of seeing this guy in everything. I can't wait for everyone to retract this rumor
bobevanz - 1/11/2024, 8:30 AM
@bobevanz - I'll shave my head if Cillian Murphy does a cbm after Oppenheimer lmao. The only casting that's actually possible would be the Stranger Things dude
Urubrodi - 1/11/2024, 8:55 AM
@bobevanz - "assuming he left a project to do this is laughable"... cause he'd be the first actor dropping of a project to do another? It's a very common thing to do especially if it's leaving a horror movie to do a blockbuster that will pay you millions. This whole comment is basically just you being in denial over the possibility of it happening.
harryba11zack - 1/11/2024, 8:19 AM
HashTagSwagg - 1/11/2024, 8:21 AM
You got all our hopes up for a minute there mate with that sexy word play of a header.
Origame - 1/11/2024, 8:24 AM
Yes, Pedro is clearing his schedule for a role no one else in Hollywood wanted 🤣
slickrickdesigns - 1/11/2024, 8:26 AM
Should be funny when the FF casting announcement announces Pascal isn’t even in the movie.
slickrickdesigns - 1/11/2024, 8:29 AM
Really, I’d rather see Pat Wilson as Reed.

bobevanz - 1/11/2024, 8:30 AM
@slickrickdesigns - I think he's done with cbm's lol
slickrickdesigns - 1/11/2024, 8:32 AM
@bobevanz - nobody’s ever done with CBMs!
Except for Tarrence Howard of course.
Fogs - 1/11/2024, 9:24 AM
@slickrickdesigns - Who wouldn't
BruceWayng - 1/11/2024, 10:00 AM
@slickrickdesigns - Wilson has always been my pick for Hank Pym. I still have no idea why Marvel decided it was a good idea to have Scott Lang be the first live action Ant Man( besides Garrett Morris) and make Hank and old man. They seem to have this knack for making these little dumb decisions that end up screwing them over in the long run.

Hank and Janet are two of the most interesting Avengers and there are so many things you can do with them from a character/storyline perspective. Not to mention that Scott is a great character as well and completely different from Hank so it gives you a nice natural way to continue the character and pass on the mantle without it feeling forced or boring the audience.

I know it was prob a decision that came with Edgar Wright’s original script/plans for his film but you can always shelf that and use it later.
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