Following rumors that You star Penn Badgely is wanted for the role of Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in the MCU The Fantastic Four reboot, legendary artist BossLogic has now imagined what the actor might look like as an iconic superhero. There are currently no casting announcements for the The Fantastic Four and their planned MCU debut, which will take place during Phase Six. Check out what Penn Badgely might look like as Mr. Fantastic below.
Giving Badgley the recognizable gray temples with a beard, the actor does an intense Reed Richards. “Joe Goldberg is pretty smart….. 😂👌 #Fantasticfour,” BossLogic says in a caption alongside the image, before giving his thoughts on who the You star is expected to star if brought into the MCU. “I think he would play a better Dr. Doom. I don’t really see him as Reed. The artist is kind of a victim of his own talent because if he feels that way, maybe he shouldn’t have created an image that makes Penn Badgely as Mr. Fantastic so plausible.
Rumors of Penn Badgley being cast as Reed Richards come courtesy of The Direct, with an insider claiming the actor has had discussions with Marvel Studios. “I’ve been looking for a Black Reed Richards for a long time. I think John David Washington would be an amazing Reed Richards, I mean I’ve been fighting for it forever, and I won’t get it,” the report said. “I won’t get a Black Reed either. [Reed Richards] going to be very traditional, I guess… Guys who [Marvel Studios] talked about it are all white guys. This guy [Penn Badgley] from the show You, who probably already has the role, frankly, he’s a blank. They go with the standard… And it’s great, by the way, it’s a good choice. But, they become very classic.”
The Fantastic Four Will Begin Phase Six Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe
While many hope that John Krasinski, who has now appeared in the MCU as a variant of Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (spoiler alert, he did not survive this appearance), will reprise the role, sounds like the The Fantastic Four reboot will be looking for a brand new cast. And while Penn Badgley might seem a little shocking at first, it’s worth remembering that Reed Richards wasn’t always a great guy…
Not much has yet been revealed about what Marvel Studios plans to do with the The Fantastic Four, but we do know that Marvel’s First Family will kick off Phase Six. It has also since been revealed by Marvel boss Kevin Feige that The Fantastic Four will not be an origin story. “A lot of people know that origin story,” Feige said. “A lot of people know the basics. How can we take that and bring something they’ve never seen before? We’ve set ourselves a really high bar with bringing that to the screen.”
The Fantastic Four will hit theaters in 2024, with Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars is also part of phase six and is expected to be released in 2025.