John Krasinski has said the quiet part out loud and may have just opened up about himself, confirming his rumored casting in Marvel’s upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
The actor had a cameo as Reed Richards’ Mister Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but the studio hasn’t announced if he will continue the role in future films.
However, during an appearance Wednesday on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Krasinski seemed to inadvertently escape the fact that he will actually be reprising the role.
In response to a theory that his character Jim Halpert was the villain of “The Office” the whole time, he joked, “They’re after me because I played it as a supervillain.”
“That’s why I made ‘Fantastic Four’‘ to make up for it — I had already done the villain,” the actor continued.
So why are fans freaking out? Well, Krasinski was apparently referring to working on the Fantastic Four movie itself and not just appearing as his character Mister Fantastic in the Doctor Strange sequel.
Of course, the interview triggered a lot of enthusiastic reactions online.
Of course, Krasinski could have talked about both interchangeably. Many fans also noted that “Fantastic Four” is still in development and filming won’t begin until 2023.
But his suspected slip comes as Marvel makes big moves affecting its first family.
The studio is expected to unveil casting announcements at Disney Expo D23 in September after a big panel at San Diego Comic-Con shared the first look at the Black Panther sequel, among other things.
The studio announced at the convention that “Fantastic Four” is scheduled for release on November 8, 2024 and will usher in Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Over the past several years, Marvel has released big news on D23, including confirmations that “Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk were all in development.
For years fans have been urging Emily Blunt to join her real-life husband in the film as Sue Storm, but she has repeatedly thrown cold water at the idea.
“I don’t know if superheroes are for me,” Blunt said, describing the entire genre as “exhausted” in an interview last year. “They’re not my thing. I do not like her. I really don’t.”
However, Blunt left some wiggle room in case fan casting dreams come true: “That’s not to say I never want to play one – it just has to be something cool and like a really cool character.” and then I would be interested.”
We know little about Fantastic Four other than that the studio is on the hunt for a new director after Jon Watts, who directed the recent Spider-Man trilogy, left the project in April.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige also confirmed that the film will not be an origin story, given the many previous iterations of the superhero family in the 2005 film and its sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, as well as the many other-maligned 2015 reboots.
“Many know the basics. How do we take that and bring something they’ve never seen before?” Feige told The Hollywood Reporter. “We set ourselves a very high bar by bringing this to screen.”