FANTASTIC FOUR: The Actors Playing Reed, Sue, Ben, And Johnny May Have Finally Been Revealed!

FANTASTIC FOUR: The Actors Playing Reed, Sue, Ben, And Johnny May Have Finally Been Revealed! FANTASTIC FOUR: The Actors Playing Reed, Sue, Ben, And Johnny May Have Finally Been Revealed!

A reliable insider has seemingly revealed Fantastic Four's main cast members, meaning we finally have an idea about which actors will play each member of Marvel's First Family in the MCU. Check it out...

By JoshWilding - May 28, 2023 08:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four

For months, we've encountered rumour after rumour about who will play Marvel's First Family in Fantastic Four

Some of those have been reliable enough that we've shared them with you, while many others are clearly wild guesses or blatant nonsense. Figuring out which is which isn't always easy, especially as Marvel Studios has likely met with a long list of actors, but the team has seemingly started taking shape in recent weeks. 

The same names have repeatedly started coming up, and while the trades still haven't weighed in, it feels a lot like the plan is for Marvel Studios to make an official announcement during July's San Diego Comic-Con. 

According to one reliable insider (and a number of others who have since chimed in to claim they've heard the same thing), the main Fantastic Four cast has been set. 

If this is indeed correct, Adam Driver will play Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic, Margot Robbie has been tapped to star as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Paul Mescal is going to "Flame On!" as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, and Daveed Diggs will transform into the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Ben Grimm/The Thing. 

Driver is, of course, best known for playing Kylo Ren in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, while Robbie has spent years as the DCEU's Harley Quinn. Mescal isn't a huge star, but looks set to put himself on the map in Sir Ridley Scott's Gladiator sequel. As for Diggs, his breakout role came in Hamilton and he's since starred in Snowpiercer and The Little Mermaid

If this is indeed the MCU's Fantastic Four, we can't find fault with the team Marvel Studios has assembled. Driver and Robbie signing up for what's sure to be a long-term commitment is definitely a surprise, but they must have faith in the vision for these characters. 

What do you think about this possible Fantastic Four cast? The movie will be released in theaters on February 14, 2025.

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mountainman - 5/28/2023, 8:11 AM
I really don’t care who plays Thing, I just hope the rumors of him going back and forth between rock and human form are false. That would be a very lame change from the source material.
dragon316 - 5/28/2023, 8:16 AM
@mountainman - marvel has changed it with other characters and succeeded ms marvel ,
Origame - 5/28/2023, 8:20 AM
@dragon316 - you listed their worst performing show as an example of them succeeding at this.
Rosraf - 5/28/2023, 8:25 AM
@mountainman - But it would save a bunch of money on special effects, think I know which way this is going.
marvel72 - 5/28/2023, 8:33 AM
@Rosraf - They had Hulk in Hulk form for all of Avengers:Endgame.

They have Korg in rock for every movie he is in.

Won't cost much at all, also as long as it looks good, shouldn't matter how much they spend on it.
mountainman - 5/28/2023, 8:35 AM
@Rosraf - I actually think it’s less about special effects and more about showing the actors face. All these actors want their faces shown, so we miss out in iconic masks or non-human looking faces.

The main thing that would suck about it is Grimm being stuck in his rock form is a very defining characteristic of this tortured character. If it’s treated like Hulk and he can summon the rock shell at will, why is he so sad? That’s a pretty awesome power if you control the transformation. It’s just like what they did to Beast in the later films Hoult was in. A monstrous appearance is defining for that character too.
SuperiorHeckler - 5/28/2023, 8:35 AM
@mountainman - I too would be against the Thing's ability to switch back-and-forth at will because being trapped in the form of the Thing is a vital part of the character's pathos. However, look how often Iron Man and Spiderman usually lose the helmet and mask so that the stars face can be seen. So, while I would certainly be against the Thing still being able to go back to human-form; I would not be shocked if he does. 🫤
mountainman - 5/28/2023, 8:44 AM
@SuperiorHeckler - Yes I’m expecting it at this point. To me, a Thing that can transform back and forth isn’t even the Thing. That’s basically Colossus in rock form. The number one most interesting thing about the character is how he navigates live dealing with his depression i’ve being trapped in that form. Without that aspect, he’s just a generic bruiser.
Marvelll - 5/28/2023, 8:59 AM
@mountainman - An example that they sold us, Cristian Bale in thor love and thunder
dagenspear - 5/28/2023, 9:32 AM
@dragon316 - Did they succeed?
mountainman - 5/28/2023, 9:48 AM
@Marvelll - Yes or High Evolutionairy, no Thor’s helmet, Spider-man taking his off all the time, Stark taking his off all the time, Kang’s halfway helmet, Zemo, and more.
Tasmaniac - 5/28/2023, 10:09 AM
@SuperiorHeckler - Oh my God, did you see how many [frick]ing times they did they in Quantumania?! Mask on. Mask off. Mask on. Mask off. Mask on. Mask off. Over and over and over again. Every [frick]ing five seconds! I nearly turned the shit off because of it. Come to think it, I wouldn’t have missed anything worthwhile…
Scripturepoetic - 5/28/2023, 10:21 AM
@mountainman -

Scripturepoetic - 5/28/2023, 10:27 AM
@mountainman -

Early on, Grimm would revert back, but never permanently

Reed was desperately trying to cure Grimm's condition

Ultimately Grimm embraced his fate, but it was a constant struggle that would later manifest into further mutations

This is still very tragic, and makes sense, as the direction they will take cinematically
EnergyVamp - 5/28/2023, 11:02 AM
@mountainman - MCU created nanotech/convenience armor and Professor Hulk. Making Ben Grimm change forms at will would be the least egregious thing they done.
EnergyVamp - 5/28/2023, 11:04 AM
@SafeSpace - Forgot to mention ruining Taskmaster, wasting Adam Warlock, among other bad choices
CAPTAINPINKEYE - 5/28/2023, 11:21 AM
@mountainman - but it’ll save them tons of money in CGI.
EgoEgor - 5/28/2023, 1:53 PM
@mountainman - "him going back and forth between rock and human form" ... Seems more like disney execs saying "Hey, this thing guy is going to be expensive, how about he only transforms like the hulk, it'll save us a little money".

The Thing having the ability to change really ruins him as a character. It'd be like making Mystique be a good guy and stay in human form out of her volition... oh wait, they did that, and it didn't turn out right for the films.
mountainman - 5/28/2023, 2:20 PM
@EgoEgor - Mystique was so ruined in those movies. I actually was fine with her being “good” in first class, but she should have stayed evil the rest of the time.

Also don’t forget that same franchise also turned Beast into Hulk-like powers where he could stay in human form unless he was angry 🙄
EgoEgor - 5/28/2023, 6:34 PM
@mountainman - Yeah, it really takes his best aspect away from him by making him transform at will(if that's what they are doing). He's the only character who has to live with the consequences, it makes him tragic and ultimately more sympathetic. His relationship with Alicia Master is honestly one of the best in marvel comics, having him being human whenever he wants ultimately removes the core of what made that relationship special.

But of the transformation happens when Reed tries to fix him but ultimately fails, that'd be OK but if that's not the case it's a dumb changes. Its the kind of change you may experiment with down the line but not from the get go.
mountainman - 5/28/2023, 7:49 PM
@EgoEgor - If it’s something that happens right after his transformation and is only temporary, it’s not completely charcater breaking. But if it’s a permanent staple of the MCU version it will be.

Either way, we don’t know what they are doing, I’m just going down this hypothetical because of the rumors.

Good chat. I think we are in agreement here.
Ryguy88 - 5/28/2023, 9:21 PM
@mountainman - then get an actor who wants to play the character properly, who gives af if "Daveed Diggs" backs out.
Lilvic92 - 5/28/2023, 8:18 AM
Disney is playing a dangerous game by race swapping The Thing. The very people that they’d try to virtue signal too are going to hate it because it follows the Hollywood trend of casting a black actor and turning him/her into some sort of animal, essentially hiding the fact they’re black. I personally think it’s a goofy complaint but doesn’t mean it won’t happen.
Drace24 - 5/28/2023, 8:22 AM
@Lilvic92 - That's the problem with this kind of thing. It is never enough.
Rosraf - 5/28/2023, 8:26 AM
@Lilvic92 - Or maybe Diggs is just a really good choice for the part and "virtue signaling" he's nothing to do with it.
SuperiorHeckler - 5/28/2023, 8:29 AM
@Lilvic92 - No. No they are not. Disney is very safe on this one believe me. Ben Grimm is iconic to us geeks and nerds but he is NOT an iconic figure to the general Marvel movie-going audience. We comic-book fanatics are in the minority when it comes to the movie versions of these characters. Would there be blow-back for a non-White Steve Rogers or Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent? Yes. But not Ben Grimm. I love The Thing. But the casual Marvel movie fan will recognize him by his orange rocks first and foremost. My advice is to sit-back and enjoy the ride! 🤓
X75 - 5/28/2023, 8:38 AM
@Lilvic92 - It’s not such as bad idea as raceswapping one of the other three. Ben will probably be Thing most of the time anyway, and black actors usually have much better voices for this kind of stuff.
McMurdo - 5/28/2023, 8:42 AM
@Lilvic92 - clearly trying to go with the metaphorical black people are viewed as others (by sociopaths) w the Thing if this is true. Very shortsighted if so.
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