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The Fantastic Four Cast

Updated on February 20, 2014

This would definitely rank as one of the top franchises I really wish would just revert their rights back to Marvel Studios. Fox simply does not seem to understand how to craft a solid Fantastic Four film, and who knows maybe this one will be different from Tony Scott's attempt awhile back but any hope I had of that happening has been crushed by the casting choices that have just recently hit the news. This reboot to the franchise will be written by Simon Kinberg, who is also writing the new X-Men films in hopes of connecting the two franchises. It will also be directed by Josh Trank, who came to fame with his found footage hero film which also starred Micheal B. Jordan who was cast as Johnny Storm for the Fantastic Four. There is also a rumor circulating around that as they are getting closer to casting Doctor Doom, there is a possibility that the character will be cast as a woman. That is a bit perplexing as the character has always been a man in the source content. I appreciate that Fox is trying to unite their franchises, but I think everyone at this point would much rather see these characters revert back to Marvel Studios.

Mister Fantastic - Miles Teller

Reed Richards "Mister Fantastic" is the leader of the group and the genius of the group. Most notably, he was a scientific genius who inherited a fortune as well as the base of the Fantastic Four, which is none other the Baxter Building. As far as the casting goes with Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, That Awkward Moment), I do not see him as the genius leader type that is needed in playing the role. He comes off as more of the frat-boy type that is fun at parties and gets along with everyone. It could be purely a business decision as Miles Teller is becoming a name among younger viewers so he could potentially draw in that crowd Maybe this is the role that sets him apart from the usual role that he has been playing and Fox is going against the grain but I just don't personally see it.

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Invisible Woman - Kate Mara

Sue Storm, also known as The Invisible Woman, is not only the most powerful of the group due to her ability to create force fields as well as become invisible but she is also the heart of the group. In more cases then not, she is the main reason why the group stays together and makes them into a family. Her brother is none other then The Human Torch, and she is always romantic with Reed Richards. In the comics the pairing even give birth to one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe. As far as the casting goes of Kate Mara in the role, I don't have too big of an issue with it seeing as how she is a very talented actress as anyone could attest to if you have ever seen her work in the Netflix series, House of Cards. However, her in the role of someone that in a lot of ways is the heart of the group is where I see her struggling. She is likable but she usually excels in darker and more complex roles.

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Human Torch - Micheal B. Jordan

Where Reed Richards is the brains, Sue is the heart then I guess you could say Johnny Storm is the charm of the group. Johnny Storm is The Human Torch and is just as hot-headed as his alter-ego. He is also a bit of a ladies man but he is incredibly loyal to his sister Sue. His hot-headed ways usually clash with Ben Grimm/ The Thing, but the two of them also have a deep friendship and will always look out for one another. The casting choice of Micheal B. Jordan will surely be met with a harsh reaction by fans, and I'll admit it is surprising. It is surprising to see them decide to go against the grain where the character through the source content has always been portrayed as a white male with blondish hair similar to that of his sister. As for his actually acting ability, he is obviously incredibly talented due to his work on Fruitvale Station and Chronicle. He has also already worked with the director Josh Trank and recently worked with Miles Teller on That Awkward Moment which makes me wonder if in a way the film casting wise was built around him.

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The Thing - Jamie Bell

Ben Grimm, the Thing, is the most likable character of the group but having said that he is also the most tragic of them all. He got along with everyone before they all got their abilities but he was the most exposed to the cosmic cloud that gave them their abilities. This made him into a rock-like being, dubbed, The Thing. Where everyone else still can be looked at normally, The Thing is not which is where his story arc is so tragic. The comparison can be made to the Hulk, but at least the Hulk can go back to being Bruce Banner, which The Thing can not. The casting of Jamie Bell is actually not horrible. I assume that the part will be done mostly through ways of CGI and most notably motion capture. Bell is familiar with this process as he worked on the film Tintin. His voice somewhat fits with the part, but I have always imagined The Thing to have a deep voice, which Bell does not possess. In fact, I truly believe that Bell would have been a better choice in the role of Reed Richards.

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    • Nickalooch profile image

      Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

      I completely understand all of that. I am kind of excited about the new X-Men universe but still a little skeptical of a few things. Funny how in between reading your comment here, I actually wrote an article on the X-Men and what they are doing and how it is essentially a knee jerk reaction to the success of everyone else is doing.

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      Steven Escareno 3 years ago

      Well in bryan singer's defense though, we have to keep in mind that when fox first started making these x-men movies they didn't know that marvel was going to create it's own studio someday. And the concept of having all these superhero films existing in a cinematic universe didn't come into fruition until marvel studios made it a reality.

      Now everyone wants to copy that formula. I don't know if you read any of the interviews by Laura Schuler Donner, but she did say that originally the x-men was only supposed to be a trilogy when they first started out. And, they were only going to do spin off movies after x-3 originally; hence why you notice fox didn't mind letting a lot of the mutants die.

      However, once marvel changed the landscape of superhero films though, you'll notice how quickly fox changed it's tune about that to where they're kind of back pedalling a bit. Plus, it seems like bryan singer is intentionally having any new x-men film he's involved in ignore continuity with x-3 and x-men origins. Although not a very smart move on his part, but we're talking about the same guy that made superman returns that was sort of an alternate sequel to superman 2, while ignoring the continuity of superman 3 and 4, so it doesn't surprise me that singer is doing that with x-men.

      as far as wolverine goes, i agree with you that it's a shame that it's mostly about wolverine when it comes to x-men. However, we have to look at this objectively though. Whether you like wolverine or not the reality is he's the most iconic x-men character ever conceived, and he's arguably the most popular. Add in the fact that hugh jackman is starting to become one of the hottest actors in hollywood, then it kind of makes sense from a marketing perspective to make him the flagship character of the x-men franchise. i personally don't like it either, but it makes sense from a marketing perspective.

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      Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD

      Stevennix, I feel the same way. To me, I feel like they don't quite understand all the right notes to hit with a Fantastic Four film and I feel like this one will be again cheesy. Not just that but the cast seems completely out of their element in terms of casting although im not entirely against Jamie Bell and Micheal B Jordan in their roles. Hopefully it bombs to the point it goes back to Marvel. As for X-Men, I agree but I still think the X-Men movies would be more consistent under Marvel. Bryan Singer has done a good job but I do not like his reliance on Wolverine and his choice of wardrobe for costumes.

      RJBatty, I agree. Like I said earlier, I think Fox is completely out of their element when it comes to making a Fantastic Four movie.

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      rjbatty 3 years ago from Irvine

      Unlikely this motley crew will be able to recoup the initial cost of production. This is going to fail on an epic scale.

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      Steven Escareno 3 years ago

      Very well written hub. To be honest, I hate saying this because I know I'll sound like a hypocrite considering that I'm one of the few movie fans out there that doesn't want all of the marvel properties going back to marvel studios.. but in the case of the fantastic four and the silver surfer, i think they definitely need to go back to them because it's obvious fox doesn't understand the characters based on their last two attempts.

      Sure, they made some bad x men movies too, but they made more good ones than bad, so that's something.

      to be honest, i was hoping that this movie wouldn't have a cast this early and that the film would've gotten delayed to the point that the rights would've went back to marvel, but i guess im wrong on that part.

      It'll be interesting to see what fox does with this though.