To inspire Marvel into making a Fantastic 4 film, Youtube channel stryder HD created a trailer with their own concept. They recast Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman with real life married couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. Vin Diesel plays The Thing and Zac Efron rounds out the cast as the Human Torch.
20th Century Fox disappointed fans with their most recent adaptation of the Fantastic 4. Critics panned the 2015 film and audiences did not show up to see it. Many speculate the movie was rushed into production, so the studio could retain the franchises film rights. Fox must produce a Fantastic Four movie within a set time or the rights revert back to Marvel.
With the upcoming merger between Fox and Disney, this should no longer be the case. Fans are already excited with what Marvel Studios could do with the characters. The appearance of the Skrulls in 2019’s Captain Marvel film could be an indication of the future. The shapeshifting aliens first appeared in Fantastic Four #2 and were considered untouchable by Marvel Studios before rumors of the merger.
The 2015 movie was loosely based on the Ultimate comics version of the team. That Fantastic 4 was younger than the ones audiences a familiar with. Many considered Miles Tellers too young for the role of Mr. Fantastic. And Michael B. Jordan was able to show his acting talent better in 2018’s Black Panther.
Signing Krasinski and Blunt for a future Fantastic 4 movie would please many fans. Krasinski’s portrayal of Jack Ryan has shown he can play more serious roles while still showing the charm audiences love. The chemistry he and real-life wife Emily Blunt showed in A Quiet Place would be perfect for Reed and Sue.
Zac Efron exudes the reckless love of life associated with Johnny Storm, the Human Torch. He would be a great successor to the role that Chris Evans first brought to life on the big screen. And while no one can outdo Michael Chiklis’s performance as The Thing, Vin Diesel has proven he can bring heart to a “monster.” Vin Diesel has lent his voice to both the Iron Giant and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.
Marvel Studios has a good track record of rebooting lost licenses. The Incredible Hulk, distributed by Universal Pictures, was the least profitable of the original Marvel films. So, The Avengers rehabilitated the character and Marvel made him the co-star of the popular Thor: Ragnarok. Then Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 turned in a lackluster performance and Marvel Studios revamped the wall-crawler. Audiences reacted positively to his cameo in Captain America: Civi War and showed up to watch his solo film. So, fans are excited to see what Marvel Studios does with comics First Family.