As seen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, John Krasinski joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Earth-838’s Reed Richards! Fans celebrated the appearance of the long fan-casted character, although many were let down by how short-lived his run was.
Of course, in the world of superheroes, anything is possible. Today we’re breaking down if we think he will return in future Marvel Cinematic Universe installments.
Watch The Illuminerdi break it all down here:
Will John Krasinski Return as Reed Richards?
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Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Earth-838’s Reed Richards was a member of The Fantastic Four and The Illuminati in this reality before meeting his untimely demise. His character would be shredded to ribbons by The Scarlet Witch on her assault on The Illuminati Headquarters.
After his appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, fans have wondered if Krasinski’s Mister Fantastic could return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The way we see it, he could return in one of two ways.
Krasinski as Earth-616 Reed Richards?
The first way he could return is if Marvel Studios opts to have John Krasinski portray the Earth-616 Variant of the character. Overall, fans had a positive reaction to his portrayal of the the leader of the Fantastic Four and have hoped to see him play the main universe’s Reed Richards in the upcoming Fantastic Four film.
A concern had by fans is that the choice to have Krasinski play the role in the Doctor Strange sequel was done as a one-off by Marvel to appease those fan-casting the role for years. However, it could have been a test run by Marvel to see how fans feel about his version of the character. If that’s the case, we will hopefully see him joining the 616 Universe soon!
The Return of Earth-838 Reed Richards?
The second and less likely but not impossible way is that Krasinski could reprise his role as the Mister Fantastic from Earth-838. While his character appeared to die in the film, Richards could have managed to reform his body after being obliterated by Maximoff. While his head popped, he could theoretically merge back together as we last saw him as a puddle.
He could have a role in the rumored Secret Wars project that looks to be in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In that project, we might learn Richards either survived the attack, or was pulled from a different point in time before his death. This reality does have its own Fantastic Four, giving us much to speculate on about their relationships with one another. Richards even has children in this reality, likely being Franklin and Valeria. There’s plenty to explore in this reality.
Krasinski could be locked in as the Earth-838 Variant of the character, and might even be seen as a member of The Council of Reeds. The Council of Reeds is an alliance of Mister Fantastics from throughout the multiverse, where he could even be joined by Ioan Gruffudd and Miles Teller’s versions of the characters.
We at The Illuminerdi hope we haven’t seen the last of John Krasinski’s Reed Richards in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after his fantastic debut in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is now streaming on Disney+. Do you think we will see him reprise the role in the future? Let us know in the comments and on our Twitter!