It’s no secret that the Fantastic Four haven’t had a good run when it comes to movie adaptations. Following two mediocre installments in the mid-2000s, Marvel’s First Family hit their low point with the ill-fated 2015 reboot. While it will likely be years before Marvel Studios get their hands on the Fantastic Four property, it will likely take a Marvel Cinematic Universe debut to save the franchise at this point, and one fan has imagined what that might look like.
Youtuber Stryder HD recently uploaded a trailer he made for a hypothetical Fantastic Four reboot, with John Krasinski as Mr. Fantastic, Emily Blunt as Sue Storm, Vin Diesel as The Thing, and Zac Efron as Johnny Storm.
The trailer does use quite a bit of footage from the 2015 Fantastic Four and features a few bizarre scene choices (why is Michael Fassbender’s Magneto in this?), but it still does a pretty good job of imagining these actors in these roles. Yeah, Vin Diesel already plays Groot but why not give him The Thing too?
Better yet, at least one member of Stryder HD’s “cast” has already voiced a desire to be part of the Fantastic Four. “Oh yeah, the Fantastic Four. I would love that,” John Krasinski said in an interview with Screen Rant from last year. “I mean listen, I’m still getting into the whole superhero thing. I didn’t read comics as a kid, not as many, I read some not as much, but I’m a huge superher fan, so yeah, I’d love to do something like that. If there are any left, a lot of these have been taken, but the ones that are left, yeah, I would love to do something like that. And listen, I’d love to work with her [Kraskinski’s wife Emily Blunt] again so any chance I got would be great.”
As for when Marvel Studios might get a Fantastic Four film off the ground, it’s currently a “wait and see” situation. “Not until we’re given the word,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said when asked about plans to bring the Fantastic Four and X-Men into the MCU. “I have vague dreams and vague ideas. But right now, bringing to life the 10,000-plus characters that Marvel fully controls is what the gameplan is.”
So, no Fantastic Four movie on the horizon then. We’ll just have to make due with Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019 and the fourth Avengers on May 3, 2019.