However, four years have passed, and fans are still in the dark over which actors will portray Mr Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch and The Thing in their latest incarnation – but not for much longer.
In a recent interview with Collider, director Matt Shakman shared that casting news is set to be announced when the SAG-AFTRA strike ended. That, for anyone not paying attention, was finally confirmed to be the case on Thursday.
So, with the strike now over, it should be any day before the aforementioned “announcement” takes place.
In the meantime, here are the stars rumoured to be playing each of the blue spandex-clad characters – and those who’ve already said “no”...
The frontman of the four, stretchy scientist Reed Richards appeared briefly in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in 2022, portrayed by fan-favourite actor John Krasinski.
However, it’s worth pointing out that the version of Mr. Fantastic that appeared (and was brutally shredded) in Doctor Strange was a multiversal variant of the character, so the actual role is still up for grabs.
Still, John Krasinski is a current fave for the part. He has, however, claimed that he’s not had any discussions with Marvel about reprising the role – though whether that’s still the case remains to be seen.
Speculation surrounding You’s Penn Badgley arose when he said he could “neither confirm nor deny” whether he’d want the role, while speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast – leaving some fans speculating that he’d been offered the part.
“I don’t know what to say about that,” he added.
Matt Smith, Adam Driver and William Harper Jackson
Strong rumours surrounding these three have also been circulating – though former Good Place actor William recently appeared in Antman: Quantumania, despite telling NME he would be “happy” to take the role.
Adam, meanwhile, reportedly turned the part down, and one of Matt’s reps replied to a question over the rumours with “No comment”.
Sue Storm was most recently portrayed in the critically-panned F4 by Kate Mara, and Jessica Alba before that. The first female superhero to be created by Marvel, the character can turn invisible (shock) and generate powerful forcefields.
However, in 2021, she shut down the Fantastic Four rumours, saying: “I don’t know if superhero movies are for me. They’re not up my alley. I don’t like them. I really don’t.”
That was, however, before husband John appeared in Doctor Strange…
Killing Eve’s leading lady said that she was “familiar” with the character, before adding that she would “never say never” to a role like that.
Appearing on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused, she said: “But like right now, no. But I think never say never, right? Usually when you finish one project, you want to try something very different. So I don’t know, maybe?”
Mila Kunis, Margot Robbie and Lily James
Mila Kunis was thought to be in the running after she went for lunch with the film’s director – but denied being cast.
She did, however, mention that she knew who had bagged the role, but refused to say any more. Could it be any of the stars above or one of the other names flying about, such as Margot Robbie or Lily James?
The Human Torch
The quite literal hot head of the quartet, Johnny Storm was first portrayed by Chris Evans, and later by Michael B. Jordan. As with Mr Fantastic and Invisible Woman, there is no concrete casting news – but a few names are warmer rather than colder.
Star of Prime Video’s The Boys, Jack Quaid has firmly denied being cast as Johnny Storm. Rumours of the casting circulated, but were stopped in their tracks when he tweeted: “Hello everyone. Nope. Not playing Johnny Storm but hey I’m flattered.” Perhaps one superhero world is enough…
It was first reported that the Stranger Things star had actually been cast by entertainment reporter Jeff Sneider, who wrote “Johnny - Joseph Quinn” and “Turned out to be another JQ… Joseph Quinn” on X.
Of course, neither Marvel nor Joseph Quinn has replied to the rumours, but he seems to be the frontrunner.
Though he’s set to first be seen in Ancient Rome rather than the Baxter Building, industry insider Daniel Richtman previously reported that Marvel had already offered Mescal the role of the Human Torch.
Zac Efron, Jamie Dornan and … Chris Evans?
Zac Efron has been a favourite in the fancasting arena for a while, and concept art of the former Disney star as the Human Torch has been well received. Jamie Dornan has also been touted, as has original star Chris Evans, by way of some multiversal magic.
The Four’s monstrous yet benevolent “Thing” is perhaps the most easy to cast, given that his face will be covered by, well, rocks.
As such, there are less names floating about, given that just about anyone could snatch the role.
Reporter Jeff Sneider – who also tipped Joseph Quinn for Johnny Storm – also claimed that Marvel were looking into casting a Jewish actor for the role, leaning into the character’s comic book roots.
Reported by Forbes, an MCU insider wrote that Daveed Diggs of Hamilton fame would be taking the role of The Thing. Given his recent resumé of voiceover work combined with the fact that a lot of The Thing’s work will be just that, Diggs is certainly one worth keeping an eye on..
Ever since his breakout role in The Bear, Ebon’s name has been loosely attached to The Thing. Rumours have circulated that he’s joined the cast – but in an undisclosed role.
John Cena, Alan Ritchson and Jason Segel
All three of these actors have the screen presence to play Ben Grimm, but while some are more fan service than others (Cena), Ritchson’s role in Reacher and Segel’s height and stature make them both strong options for the rocky good guy.
Fantastic Four is currently slated to release on 8 November 2024.