Fan-made art prominently featuring Emily Blunt in a Marvel Cinematic Universe Fantastic Four has made its way to the Internet. We’re not going to lie: it looks pretty great. While details about Disney’s MCU plans for the First Family of Marvel are still sketchy, it is all but certain they’ll be showing up in Phase Four. But for now, we might have to be satisfied with this poster. It also features John Krasinski as Mr. Fantastic, Liev Schreiber as The Thing and Dacre Montgomery as The Human Torch. While this is of course not an official announcement by anyone at the MCU as to casting, it does show the enthusiasm building up for fans.
See Emily Blunt as Sue Storm for Fantastic Four below.
Emily Blunt is a fan favorite to play Sue Storm of The Fantastic Four, while her husband Krasinski is posited as an ideal Reed Richards. The two have already co-starred together, first in 2018’s sci-fi horror hit A Quiet Place. While Krasinski sat out acting in the sequel, he did return to direct. The two also have a long history with almost, but not quite making it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
At one point, Emily Blunt was the first choice to portray Black Widow, a role that eventually went to Scarlett Johansson after contract issues arose. For his part, John Krasinski was nearly cast as Captain America, a role that then ironically went to Chris Evans, who had previously portrayed Sue’s brother, The Human Torch. The tangled webs that superhero casting weaves! And while Liev Schreiber has spent the better part of the last decade starring in Ray Donovan, he has also dabbled in superhero films. But while his portrayal of villain Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine was by no means the worst part of the movie, as a society, we have chosen to forget that whole thing.
The MCU is coming to a critical point in the upcoming years. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has already announced Phase Four of their multi-year wave of new films. And while Spider-Man still utterly dominates the box office, The Eternals slightly underwhelmed audiences (and ticket sales). Given that key MCU players like Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson appear to be out of the picture, the MCU is presumably looking for their next Avengers-level team. Given audience familiarity with one of the most iconic superhero groups of all time, it would seem The Fantastic Four would be a natural choice, with Emily Blunt or not.
Of course, The Fantastic Four have a long and extremely inconsistent history of film adaptations. A low-budget movie was filmed in 1994, but never released. 20th Century Fox produced a pair of films in the mid-2000s starring Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, but neither inspired the kind of fan fervor that the MCU has. And most recently, a 2015 adaptation helmed by Josh Trank flopped at the box office and received scathing reviews. While the art of Emily Blunt, Krasinski, Schreiber and Montgomery may basically be fan fiction at this point, anything’s certainly possible for Phase Four.