Jack Quaid Gives Perfect Response to MCU Casting Rumor

By Sam Hargrave Posted:
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The Boys actor Jack Quaid was recently the subject of an MCU casting rumor, and he has acknowledged the claims with the perfect response.

Quaid made his Marvel debut in Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse as the Peter Parker of Gwen Stacy's universe just months before he joined the DC universe as Superman in the My Adventures with Superman animated series.

The 31-year-old is best known for playing Hughie Campbell in The Boys, but he recently made waves in Oppenheimer as physicist Richard Feynman.

Jack Quaid Shuts Down Fantastic Four Rumors

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Jack Quaid was recently caught up in MCU casting rumors as Jeff Sneider claimed on The Hot Mic podcast that The Boys star had almost certainly been cast in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot as Human Torch, aka Johnny Storm.

The actor was quick to respond to the rumors with a tweet posted under an hour after the rumors spread, and he did so with the perfect response.

Quaid simply stated he was "flattered" to have his name thrown into the rumor mill, but he is "not playing Johnny Storm," before encouraging readers to donate to the SAG-AFTRA foundation amid the ongoing actors' strike:

"Hello everyone. Nope. Not playing Johnny Storm but hey I’m flattered. Now that you’re here though, donate to the SAG-AFTRA foundation if you can!"

Sneider followed up on his report with an apology to Jack Quaid and stated that he had meant to refer to Stranger Things' Eddie actor Joseph Quinn - with whom he shares the "JQ" initials.

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Will Jack Quaid Ever Land a Live-Action Superhero Role?

Between Marvel's Spider-Verse, DC's My Adventures with Superman, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and The Boys, Jack Quaid has racked up roles in many major franchises already, and he's even gunning for the Star Wars galaxy next

As Quaid's Peter Parker was revealed to have already died in Spider-Verse, perhaps there may be a place for The Boys star in the live-action MCU, even though it doesn't appear to be as Fantastic Four's Human Torch.

Looking at which Marvel roles may be suited to Quaid, perhaps he could find a place in the rebooted X-Men franchise as Hank McCoy, aka Beast, a role once played by Nicholas Hoult and Kelsey Grammer. 

On the flip side of the coin, the actor has proven to be a popular choice to replace Ezra Miller as The Flash in James Gunn's new DCU, while others have proposed he could pull off the hilarious Plastic Man.

For the short hour in which Quaid was rumored to be cast as Johnny Storm, reactions from fans ranged from ecstatic to downright horror.

If Jeff Sneider is to be trusted, it appears that role has instead gone to Joseph Quinn, which is bound to excite many as the rising star has been a popular fan cast for Human Torch ever since his breakout with Stranger Things Season 4.

Fantastic Four is set to hit theaters on May 2, 2025.

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- About The Author: Sam Hargrave
Sam Hargrave is the Associate Editor at The Direct. He joined the team as a gaming writer in 2020 before later expanding into writing for all areas of The Direct and taking on further responsibilities such as editorial tasks and image creation.