Tom Cruise and John Krasinski in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? We’ve heard the rumblings and now those rumors are influencing artists around the world.
2020 will be the first year since 2009 without a new film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, now that Black Widow and Eternals have both been pushed to 2021. But that hasn’t kept fans from wondering where the MCU might be headed once it finally does return. Tom Cruise and John Krasinski could be a part of that future.
For example, digital artist apexform has made his own rendering of an alternate reality in the MCU, where John Krasinski is Captain America and Tom Cruise is Iron Man. In the post, apexform states, “There are reports that @marvelstudios wants to cast @johnkrasinski and @tomcruise as Captain America and Iron Man, or rather alternate universe versions of the character who would appear in the Doctor Strange sequel.”
Could Tom Cruise and John Krasinski show up in Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? The film still has quite a while before its release on March 25, 2022. The film is currently scheduled to be the twenty-ninth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will be the final film in the MCU’s Phase Four, which will also include Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, Spider-Man 3, and Thor: Love and Thunder, in addition to Marvel’s massive slate of Disney+ series, such as WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was originally planned to be directed by Scott Derrickson, who directed the first film, but left due to creative differences. Before leaving the project, Derrickson hinted the film would be somewhat of a horror film, which Marvel head Kevin Feige tried to underplay. However, the casting of Raimi, director of the Evil Dead franchise and Drag Me to Hell, makes it seem like Derrickson’s statement has some basis in truth. It also seems that both WandaVision and Loki will tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Elizabeth Olsen confirmed to appear as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
Considering basically every known actor in the world has appeared in the MCU at some point, it is kind of a surprise neither Tom Cruise nor John Krasinski have shown up in the franchise. But Krasinski certainly has tried to become a part of the MCU in the past, even auditioning for the role of Captain America, which would eventually go to Chris Evans. In a 2018 interview with Variety, Krasinski recalled, “My agent called and said, ‘They’re going to go with Chris Evans,’ and I remember I said, ‘Yeah, look at him. He’s Captain America.’”
But recently, there have been many rumors about Krasinski joining the MCU in some capacity. Krasinski has been rumored for a potential Young Avengers film, and Krasinski and wife Emily Blunt have been discussed to play Reed Richards and Susan Storm Richards, respectively, in their inevitable entry into the MCU. It’s also entirely possible, coming off both A Quiet Place films, that Krasinski could be in talks to write and direct a film. This week has also seen the release of a DeepFake video imagining what Krasinski could theoretically look like as Captain America.
Tom Cruise also has a deep history with Marvel. According to an article by MovieWeb, Tom Cruise was at one point considered to play Spider-Man in the late 80s. But more recently, Tom Cruise apparently walked away from the opportunity to play Tony Stark and Iron Man, saying in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he’s fine with making Mission: Impossible and Jack Reacher films. Tom Cruise’s appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness might be a bit harder to pull off, considering that Tom Cruise is not only shooting Mission: Impossible 7 for a 2021 release, but also has Mission: Impossible 8 scheduled for 2022.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness absolutely sounds like an insane film to begin with, but with John Krasinski, Tom Cruise, and some other potential cameos, this could be the wildest Marvel Cinematic Universe film yet.