Pedro Pascal is an incredibly popular actor at the moment, thanks to his turns in projects like “The Mandalorian” and “The Last of Us.” It was likely only a matter of time until he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Reed Richards seems like a prime role for him to fill. Instead of playing a lonely guy who adopts a child with special powers, he can play one of the most intelligent men in the universe who can be somewhat difficult to handle at times. It also ensures he’ll appear on the big screen for quite some time.
One would assume Marvel would want the “Fantastic Four” reboot to be its own franchise, with the characters playing roles in various team-ups, such as “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” and “Avengers: Secret Wars.” The Fantastic Four play a huge role in the machinations of Marvel Comics, so all four of them will likely be major powerhouses going into the future of the MCU, and with the X-Men coming not too far behind, there’s a lot to look forward to.
That only leaves the casting for the remaining three members of the Fantastic Four: Sue Storm (Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Thing). With the SAG-AFTRA strike reaching a conclusion, there will likely be more casting announcements for those parts in the near future. Vanessa Kirby has long been rumored to play Sue Storm, which would be a (pardon the pun) fantastic get for Marvel. It’s one step at a time at the moment, so we’ll eagerly await official confirmation from Marvel Studios before popping champagne for Pedro Pascal.