See Stranger Things Star Joseph Quinn As Marvel’s Mr. Fantastic
Well that's an interesting casting.
Joseph Quinn, one of 2022’s most notable breakout stars, won over audiences as the endearing Eddie Munson in the fourth season of Stranger Things. The leader of Hawkins High School’s Hellfire Club went through a turbulent time, with his heroic decision to bait a hoard of predatory Demobats resulting in (arguably) the show’s most heartbreaking death. Following his standout performance, fans have been wondering what the 28-year-old’s next project will be, with one digital artist campaigning for him to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Mr. Fantastic.
In a post on Instagram, spdrmnkyxxiii shared an image that transforms Joseph Quinn into Reed Richards. The British actor is seen wearing a black Fantastic Four suit with his arm and neck a little stretched out. Along with shorter dark and silver hair, the picture showcases how incredible he would look if given the chance to portray the character. Richards has a mastery of mechanical, aerospace, and electrical engineering, chemistry, all levels of physics, as well as human and alien biology. He also has the ability to stretch his body to insane lengths.
While it would be amazing to see Joseph Quinn’s interpretation of the legendary superhero, Marvel Studios has been pretty silent about their casting plans for Fantastic Four. However, during the studio’s Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige announced that a new movie featuring Marvel’s first family is coming to theaters on November 8, 2024. It’s the first of three blockbuster films planned for Phase Six, with two new Avengers movies set to follow. That includes Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (May 2, 2025) and Avengers: Secret Wars (November 7, 2025).
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Fantastic Four made their comic book debut in 1961 and helped to usher in a new level of realism in the genre. Since their introduction, Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and Thing have been portrayed as a somewhat dysfunctional, yet loving, family. Breaking convention with other comic book archetypes of the time, they would squabble and hold grudges, and eschewed anonymity in favor of celebrity status. Given his experience in Stranger Things, Joseph Quinn would have no problem fitting into this dynamic.
The Fantastic Four characters have received various adaptations in the past, including Tim Story’s 2005 movie which starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis, and Julian McMahon. It was followed by a sequel, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007. The title was rebooted in 2015 but the movie, directed by Josh Trank, was slammed by fans and critics. With Kevin Feige’s latest version of the iconic family having no origin story, it will be interesting to see how the reboot (with or without Joseph Quinn) is received by fans.
Meanwhile, Joseph Quinn is set to star in Luna Carmoon’s debut feature Hoard, which is currently in post-production, according to Deadline. His previous acting credits also include the BBC mini-series Dickensian, the BAFTA-nominated Howards End mini-series, the Sky and HBO mini-series Catherine The Great opposite Helen Mirren, Game of Thrones, BBC’s retelling of Les Miserables, and Steve McQueen’s Small Axe.