Will John Krasinski Returning as Reed Richards, or is Marvel up to something else? To Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessYou might think the Marvel Cinematic Universe has found its Mister Fantastic, but a new leak could reveal someone even better for it Fantastic Four main role.

Possible spoilers ahead for Fantastic Four.

Who is Reed Richards from the MCU?

You can assume the answer came from Jim The office, but since this version of the character is from another universe, the MCU has a chance to recast the role. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a recent leak from 4chan (via Reddit), although we’d definitely take this with enough salt to fill the Baxter building.

Here’s the leak:

John Krasinski is not coming back

Bryce Dallas Howard Director Rumor is False

Jason Segel will not play The Thing

There is currently no director attached

They are looking for actors between 20 and 30 for the main characters

Penn Badgley is one of Reed’s top picks

Simon Baker is wanted for the villain

Other names thrown around for the F4 include: Logan Lerman, Freddy Carter, Melissa Benoist, Callan McAuliffe, Natalia Dyer and Jharrel Jerome

No offer has been sent to an actor yet

Casting started a few months ago and should be announced at D23

There’s a lot going on here, but let’s focus on Reed Richards for now. According to this leaker, Krasinski was really just a one-off cameo (at least for now). It sounds like Marvel is still looking for the perfect Reed Richards, but an obvious front runner is Penn Badgley.

Is Penn Badgley our new Reed Richards?James Devaney/GC Images/Getty Images

Netflix’s creepy stalker star You might seem like an odd choice for a superhero, but if you’re familiar with Reed Richards comic book history, you know that scary isn’t a bad start. With that in mind, Badgley feels like a strong choice for the role — given Glenn Howerton isn’t available.

On the other hand, the leak also says the studio is looking for actors in their 20s and 30s to play Marvel’s first family, which rules out Howerton but makes 35-year-old Badgley perfect.

Casting of Marvel’s Fantastic Four

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Along with Reed Richards, the rest of the cast may also be starting to solidify. From a list of supposed names, it seems Percy Jackson Star Logan Lerman could end up as a Human Torch, while Melissa Benoist (super girl) and Natalia Dyer (stranger things) are both apparently in the running for Sue Storm. Jharrel Jerome (moonlight) is also listed.

The leaker adds that Australian actor Simon Baker is said to be “wanted for the villain” who we assume will be Doctor Doom. Finally, the director role is still up for grabs, although this post claims that despite her excellent work, the rumors surrounding Bryce Dallas Howard are false The Mandalorian and Boba Fett’s book.

Again, please treat all of this with a lot of suspicion. We’re still in fan-casting territory at this point, but with both San Diego Comic-Con and Disney’s own D23 arriving in the next few months, Marvel has an opportunity to make some big reveals. We wouldn’t be surprised if the entire Fantastic Four The cast shows up on stage too long ago. And until then, we’ll be on the lookout for more leaks, rumors, and fan theories worth sharing.

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