It seemed like a great pairing. John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Marvel Studios, and the reboot of Fantastic Four. Fans felt it was a match made in heaven and apparently so did Marvel, as they have been pursuing the couple pretty much since Disney took over 20th Century Fox. Sadly, though, it looks like at least one-half of the team won’t be signing on the dotted line as sources have said the talks between Marvel and Blunt have broken down.
Small Screen is reporting that their sources claim Emily Blunt, who had been in the running to play Sue Storm, the better half of Reed Richards, is no longer in the running. It isn’t because Marvel didn’t want her, it is mainly because Blunt didn’t feel comfortable with the level of commitment she’d have to give to the part and the future of the Fantastic Four. The deal would have seen Emily Blunt have to sign on for a multi-picture deal, one that in the end, Blunt felt would take away too much time from her and her children and one that would also see her have to move her family (she and Krasinski have two children together) around from place to place, something else that apparently didn’t sit well with Blunt.
In regard to Emily Blunt, sources said, “What I can confirm is that Emily Blunt has now ruled herself out of the running for Sue Storm in FF [Fantastic Four]. She was in talks with Marvel but opted not to sign the deal with them because it would have been for multiple films. She didn’t want to have to put her family through that.” While this news could be seen as quite upsetting to those who truly wanted to see Blunt take on the role of Sue Storm, it is quite commendable if this was the reason for her decision.
As for John Krasinski, things may not be so cut and dry. The sources said about him, “Things with Krasinski aren’t so clear. He has been in contact with Marvel for the role of Reed Richards. However, there still haven’t been any new developments.” However, it sounds like Emily Blunt’s decision could affect things. “Yet, Blunt turning down the Sue Storm role might be indicative of what could happen with Krasinski. The idea was to have both of them in the movie as Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman.”
Even though things may not be so clear for Krasinski, the prevailing wisdom here is that he will also no longer be in the running as Mr. Fantastic. The intent was to have both star in the film and if Emily Blunt is no longer on board, one could expect Marvel to move on from Krasinski. On the other hand, Krasinski could just decide to move on because his feelings match his wife’s when it comes to their family.
Marvel president Kevin Feige announced at the 2020 Disney Investors Day that a Fantastic Four reboot was in the works. The last time we saw the famous family, it was the ill-conceived, poorly executed, and terribly received Josh Trank 2015 Fantastic Four. The movie starred Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, and Jamie Bell as The Thing and was roundly criticized for casting and story. Before that, fans were given a Fantastic Four that was comprised of Ioan Gruffudd as Mr. Fantastic, Jessica Alba as Sue Storm, Chris Evans as her brother Johnny, and Michael Chiklis as Ben Grimm. This movie, as well as its sequel Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, were also panned but nowhere near Trank’s abysmal reboot.
This decision by Emily Blunt to pass on the reboot comes when it was also recently announced that Marvel plans to go with a more diverse cast (as we reported) for the Jon Watts reboot. Right now, though, we are coming off the disappointing news that Emily Blunt has taken her name, and by association John Krasinski’s, out of the running.
What direction Marvel goes is no longer a guess as “diverse” seems to be their mantra. Who do you wish to see fill the roles of Marvel’s First Family? Let us know and as further news develops, we’ll be sure to pass it along.