Less than two days after debuting the Deadpool & Wolverine trailer and setting the internet buzzing, Marvel Studios unleashed a special Valentine’s Day treat for fans with the official announcement of the Fantastic Four movie cast.

Suiting up as Marvel’s First Family is Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman), Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, and and Ebon Moss-Bachrach a sBen Grimm/The Thing). If we’re being honest, rumors of the casting have been circulating for months now, most especially Pascal, so it’s not a complete shocker. Though it’s finally nice for Marvel to come out and officially announce it with a delightful image of the cast no less.

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, fans have been foaming at the mouth for the Fantastic Four to appear in the MCU for years which was finally made possible thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Fox. 

Hard to believe it’s been more than three years since Kevin Feige first announced a Fantastic Four movie in the works during Disney’s Investor Day presentation. Much has certainly changed in the intervening, particularly the state of the MCU. Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts was originally slated to helm the film but now Matt Shakman taking over directing duties. Shakman is no stranger to Marvel having directed the acclaimed WandaVision series.

It goes without saying the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a bit of a rough shape right now  thanks to an emphasis on quantity over quality and is in dire need of returning to its former glory. With any luck, the tide will turn makes the Marvel Jesus a.k.a the aforementioned Deadpool & Wolverine film. Given the less than stellar reception the FF’s last cinematic outing, the bar is set pretty low. I’m just hoping this version of The Thing actually wears pants! 

Marvel Studios’ The Fantastic Four arrives in theaters July 25, 2025.


  1. I don’t really get why you’d cast a 30 year old with a potentially receding hairline as Johnny. Seems like a perfect opportunity to slot a real kid in there that would be just hitting 30 when the franchise is (ideally) wearing thin. Baffling.

  2. To Luke: Brother, you said it. I know I’ve been banging this drum for some time, but I think Nolan Gould from Modern Family would have been the perfect Johnny Storm.

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