SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Star Jake Gyllenhaal Rumored To Have Been Offered Lead FANTASTIC FOUR Role

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Star Jake Gyllenhaal Rumored To Have Been Offered Lead FANTASTIC FOUR Role

The latest Fantastic Four rumour is perhaps the weirdest yet as it’s said Spider-Man: Far From Home star Jake Gyllenhaal has been offered the role of Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mister Fantastic. Check it out!

By JoshWilding - Sep 09, 2023 07:09 PM EST
Filed Under: Fantastic Four

Did you think you'd seen the last of crazy Fantastic Four rumours? Guess again.

While we’re definitely taking this one with a pinch of salt, it's said that after Matt Smith passed on the role of Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic, the character was offered to Spider-Man: Far Way Home star Jake Gyllenhaal.

This wouldn’t be the first time an actor has pulled double duty in the MCU, though it's also a very different situation to Gemma Chan appearing in both Captain Marvel and Eternals.

Minn-Erva and Sersi look nothing alike and only the most eagle-eyed viewer might have realised the person playing those characters was the same actress. Gyllenhaal, on the other hand, was unforgettable as Mysterio, with even a six-year gap between the movies arguably not enough to justify him suiting up as the Fantastic Four’s leader.

He’d definitely be a good fit for the role, and if Smith has indeed passed, then it could be down to him and Adam Driver. John Krasinski presumably isn’t interested in a long-term deal as we can’t figure out why Marvel Studios wouldn’t turn to the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star instead of recycling an actor who played one of the MCU's most memorable bad guys.

Gyllenhaal's other credits include Nightcrawler, Prisoners, and Ambulance. He came close to replacing Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in Spider-Man 2 when the actor suffered a back injury but he didn't enter the web-slinger's world for another 17 years, playing Quentin Beck in the Infinity Saga's epilogue, Far From Home

Galactus is expected to be the big bad of Matt Shakman's reboot, with an unnamed Herald - supposedly not Silver Surfer - expected to be at the side of the Devourer of Worlds.

As of now, it appears Vanessa Kirby and Joseph Quinn are a lock for Invisible Woman and the Human Torch respectively.

Antonio Banderas supposedly remains in the mix to star as Galactus, while Ebon Moss-Bachrach may end up playing the aforementioned Herald or, based on recent reports, The Thing.

Then, there are the Doom rumours. Oppenheimer star Josh Hartnett is said to be in the running to play the Latverian dictator, though the villain will reportedly only appear in a minor capacity near the end of the film. Either way, we'd guess the idea is for Doctor Doom to take aim at Marvel's First Family in an eventual sequel.

No official announcements will be made until the SAG-AFTRA strike ends and work on the movie's script is thought to have been halted thanks to the WGA strike. Whether that leads to a release date delay remains to be seen.

For now, though, Fantastic Four is set to be released in theaters on May 2, 2025.

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RafaelTorres - 9/9/2023, 7:41 PM
That’s BS cos I heard from my own sources that Robert Downey Jr is actually a lock for Reed.
harryba11zack - 9/9/2023, 7:43 PM
@RafaelTorres - nah Eddie murphy has already been confirmed as reed in last week's rumor.
UncleHarm1 - 9/10/2023, 10:41 AM
@harryba11zack - My sources are telling me it's actually Danny Devito
harryba11zack - 9/9/2023, 7:41 PM
Give the rights back to Josh Trank!!!!
Razorface1 - 9/9/2023, 7:52 PM
@harryba11zack - the guy that made that awful movie?
KaptainKhaos - 9/9/2023, 7:45 PM
Oh, look everybody....another Fantastic Four Rumour
GeneralZod - 9/9/2023, 7:46 PM
Do it.
MCUKnight11 - 9/9/2023, 7:47 PM
If he wasn't already Mysterio, I'd be up for it. Actually would take him over Driver or Smith.
MCUKnight11 - 9/9/2023, 7:49 PM
Can I just say that these scoopers are full of hot air and have no clue what they're talking about.
MCUKnight11 - 9/9/2023, 7:50 PM
Speaking of other people in the MCU, if he wasn't already Moon knight, Isaac would've been an obvious choice for Reed especially after Ex machina.
Origame - 9/9/2023, 7:53 PM
@MCUKnight11 - now we'll get an article tomorrow about the latest "rumor" being that Oscar Isaac is being eyed for Reed Richard's. Good job.
dagenspear - 9/9/2023, 9:05 PM
@MCUKnight11 - It's not that I couldn't see it work, but I almost feel like it'd be limiting for him. I think he'd be more able to stretch his acting muscles with Doom, to me.
HulkisHoly - 9/9/2023, 9:46 PM
@MCUKnight11 -

MOON KNIGHT is the only new character that has potential and marvel should be furthering his story leading up to secret wars
tmp3 - 9/10/2023, 10:27 AM
@MCUKnight11 - He’s playing Frankenstein for Del Toro, so if you want him as an obsessed sci fi doctor then you won’t have to wait too long lol
Origame - 9/9/2023, 7:51 PM
Ok, first of all, you do know you don't have to include every rumor, even the obviously false ones, right?

Second, come on. You could totally tell Gemma Chan was in both movies. It was literally just face paint in captain marvel.

"Guys, I just can't tell Zoe Saldana is playing gamora."

See how ridiculous that sounds?
ElvenKingSlayer - 9/10/2023, 7:02 AM
@Origame - Yeah but you can buy that Gemma plays two different roles since she is blue in one and it's a minor role. Jake would be harder to accept as a viewer imo.
Origame - 9/10/2023, 7:22 AM
@ElvenKingSlayer - you can buy it, but he's saying you gotta be eagle eyed to tell.
ElvenKingSlayer - 9/10/2023, 8:53 AM
@Origame - yeah he's wrong as usual
DrReedRichards - 9/9/2023, 7:56 PM
Even I'm having a hard time buying that, and I wanted Jake for Reed before he was cast as Mysterio.
MCUKnight11 - 9/9/2023, 8:00 PM
@DrReedRichards - I wanted him for Moon knight.
Order66 - 9/9/2023, 8:00 PM
No. He was already mysterio.
Ryguy88 - 9/9/2023, 8:10 PM
The more important question is: why is everyone passing on this movie?
CorndogBurglar - 9/10/2023, 1:31 AM
@Ryguy88 - I think we know the answer to that question. It can really only be 2 things.

1. Actors are realizing that comic book movies aren't instantly selling tons of tickets anymore, so they are hesitant to accept roles unless it's a no brainer.

2. No one is interested in touching Fantastic 4 because it's already had a series of 2 movies, and a reboot, none of which were well received by anyone.

I suppose in this case it's probably a combination of both.
Taonrey - 9/10/2023, 2:05 AM
@Ryguy88 - because unlike the other marvel properties, F4 have failed twice and the MCU isn't what it use to be. They need to go ahead and cast unknowns
Ryguy88 - 9/10/2023, 9:02 AM
@CorndogBurglar - I'm worried that the current version of the scrip is bad
TheFinestSmack - 9/9/2023, 8:10 PM
"Spider-Man: Far Way Home" was my favorite of the Spiderman films...
TheVisionary25 - 9/9/2023, 8:11 PM
Man , this strike really be making “scoopers” desperate huh?.

Anyway , if he wasn’t already Mysterio then I think he could be a good Reed.

Speaking of which , I still hope to see him back as Quentin Beck in some shape or form in the MCU since I thought he was the best part of FFH ( a movie which i think is decent).

WhatIfRickJames - 9/9/2023, 8:15 PM
No [frick]ing way
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