Alex Hyde-White, the first actor to play Reed Richard/Mr. Fantastic in a feature film, has nothing but praise for John Krasinski, the internet’s most popular FF fancast. The actor who played Richards in the Roger Corman-produced film The fantastic Four back in 1994, actually recently appeared in a Marvel project in which he had a small role Marvel’s agents from SHIELD. He hailed Krasinski as “a force to be reckoned with” both as a filmmaker and an actor, explaining why he believes Krasinski has the ability to embody Reed using the character breakdown that the filmmakers of 1994 tried to take into account during production.
Commonly known as “Corman Fantastic Four,” the film was actually directed by Oley Sassone and produced by B-movie icon Corman. The film went into production in 1992, with a declared release on Labor Day in 1993… but the film was never officially released, and allegedly all of the film has since been annihilated. In the years since, fans have learned that the film only went into production to fulfill a contractual agreement. If at any given time nothing was in active development, Constantin Films held the rights to make it Fantastic Four Movies would lose those rights.
It lives on in VHS bootlegs and low-resolution DVDs taken from the same tapes. A documentary about the project was released in 2015, leading to some recordings finally being legally released… albeit still in VHS resolution.
Spoilers ahead for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Krasinski appeared in the latest Marvel movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in the role of Reed Richards. While he was quickly dispatched by the Scarlet Witch, fans were excited to see their wish come true – and given that this was the Earth-838 version, it’s possible he could still appear in the upcoming version Fantastic Four Film that recently lost director Jon Watts.
“Well, that’s no surprise. [Krasinski has] been rumored for some time,” said Hyde-White The Hollywood Reporter. “It is exciting! He’s proven to be one hell of a storyteller and a lead actor, producer and director. Krasinski is a force to be reckoned with because he enjoys storytelling and he is a good leader. These are Reed Richards qualities: If you were to send out a casting specification for Reed Richards you would say: “Excellent leader, [control] Freak – but nice about it. Collaborator willing to take the blame,” which I think was the psychological currency of our Fantastic Four. We looked at the motivations of the characters.”
You can see the official synopsis for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness under.
Now that Iron Man and Captain America have departed after a bitter battle Avengers: Endgame, former genius surgeon and the strongest magician of them all, Doctor Strange is expected to play an active role as a central character in the Avengers. Using his magic to manipulate time and space at will with a forbidden spell believed to be the most dangerous has opened the door to a mysterious madness dubbed “the multiverse”.
To restore a world where everything is changing, Strange seeks help from his ally Wong, the Sorcerer Supreme, and the Avengers’ most powerful Scarlet Witch, Wanda. But a terrible threat looms over humanity and the entire universe that can no longer be dealt with by their might alone. Even more surprising is that the greatest threat in the universe looks just like Doctor Strange.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now in cinemas.