‘The Office’ Star John Krasinski Wants to Play This Iconic Character in the MCU

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) Phase 4 is about to take off with the premieres of Black Widow and The Eternals on the big screen this year, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision appearing on Disney+ in the fall. Fans know it will be a while before we see the former Fox properties being resurrected in the MCU, but that hasn’t stopped fans — and even famous actors — from casting the roles. 

That includes The Office alum, John Krasinski. Fans have fantasy-casted him and his wife, Emily Blunt, as the new Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman in whatever version of the Fantastic Four the MCU comes up with. So far, Krasinski is on board 

John Krasinski wants to be Mr. Fantastic

John Krasinski
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Krasinski tried his hand at the MCU when it was first coming together in the late 2000s. It seemed like he had a good chance to play Captain America, since former Human Torch Chris Evans didn’t seem especially eager to jump back into the superhero game. However, that all went out the window when Chris Hemsworth (inadvertently?) intimidated Krasinski out of the part. 

But Krasinski wants another crack at  Marvel. GamesRadar quoted Krasinski telling  Total Film: “I would love to be in the Marvel universe. I love those movies because they’re fun, but I also think they’re really well done. And certainly, a lot of my friends are in those movies. I have no idea what [Marvel] are thinking. But if they are considering me for Mr. Fantastic, continue to consider me because I would love it.”

Whether Blunt is equally down is not established. But she was originally Jon Favreau’s first choice to play Black Widow before she had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. Now there are stories that, because Blunt has been working on Jungle Cruise for Disney, that must mean Marvel pulled her aside for some talk. It’s probably wishful thinking, but at least half the couple is interested. 

A real-life couple has already been in a ‘Fantastic Four’ movie

If Krasinski and Blunt were to team up in the MCU’s Fantastic Four movie, it would actually not be the first time a real-life couple played members of the Fantastic Four. Jamie Bell and Kate Mara, who are now married and who have a baby daughter, starred as the Thing and the Invisible Woman. The future Killmonger, Michael B. Jordan, was the Human Torch, while Miles Teller was Mr. Fantastic. 

Unfortunately, it was in the 2014 reboot that turned into an infamous mess. Director Josh Trank sabotaged his own movie with a quickly-deleted tweet that said he had put together a great version of the film but no one would see it because Fox took it away from him. 

If Blunt and Krasinski don’t end up in the new Fantastic Four, Bell and Mara probably wouldn’t be interested either because most everyone involved with that iteration of the Fantastic Four would rather keep it in the rearview mirror. Marvel is probably planning to start from scratch 

Could John Krasinski direct an MCU film?

If it’s not in the cards for Krasinski and/or Blunt to be in the MCU, perhaps Krasinski might consider directing one.

At one time, despite his old Marvel audition, he might have seemed like an odd choice. Krasinski had been known for romantic and/or comedy shows, such as The Office before he became an action star playing Jack Ryan for the Amazon series. 

More recently, Krasinski became a director, helming a few episodes of The Office before making his first feature with the not-too-well remembered The Hollars. So audiences and critics alike were surprised when Krasinski turned out to be a very capable action director with A Quiet Place. The sequel, also directed by Krasinski, is due out in March 

So when asked if he would be an MCU director, it was somewhat surprising that Krasinski said, “Oh man, directing one of those things? I don’t think I’m your guy. But if I was to act in one? I’d have so much fun.”