After years of speculation of who will play the four team members, a new report now teases the first domino that's expected to fall in cast one of the MCU's biggest upcoming projects.
Pedro Pascal In Talks for Mr. Fantastic
The outlet reports that a deal isn't signed yet but both sides are heading in the right direction. Pascal has a busy schedule in the months ahead, gearing up to be in Gladiator 2 and The Last of Us Season 2.
The Hollywood Reporter added that Pascal's schedule is a factor in whether or not he will join the MCU and reportedly "the current status of the talks is unclear."
Pedro Pascal previously expressed his excitement for a traditional Marvel role, stating that he would embrace the superhero genre, including wearing a cape and CGI.
Should this news be true, bringing Pedro Pascal into MCU for one of its most prominent roles, it's likely that casting news for Sue Storm (Invisible Woman), Johnny Storm (Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Thing) will soon follow.
Is Pedro Pascal the Right Choice for Reed Richards?
He was even nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the Emmy Awards for his performance in The Last of Us Season 1.
Considering his soaring popularity and interest from directors, producers, and executives, his schedule is busy and may hold him back from joining the MCU, which is a massive commitment. However, he's also been teased to have a reduced role in The Last of Us Season 2, which could help on that front.
His ties to Disney as one of its streaming service's biggest stars (despite his face not being shown during The Mandalorian Season 3) could play a role in Marvel's interest.
As an actor, Pascal is a great choice to lead the Fantastic Four and play a significant role within the MCU. He's a charismatic actor with range that could give a layered performance as Reed, a superpowered man with incredible intellect.
Pascal is currently 48 years old, which makes him an older investment for Marvel Studios, but the character isn't known for his adolescence. Many fans may love the idea of an older and wiser Mr. Fantastic following the 2015 Fant4stic disaster.
Marvel Studios knows the pressure of perfectly casting the Fantastic Four following acquiring the team's rights in 2019 and Pascal as the leader could prove to be a smart move in the right direction.
Fantastic Four is set to hit theaters on May 2, 2025.