According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pascal is in talks to suit up as Reed Richards in the upcoming film, which is currently scheduled for release on May 2nd, 2025. The deal is dependent on Pascal’s schedule, as he is committed to starring in Season 2 of The Last of Us and Ridley Scott’s Gladiator sequel.
Before Marvel landed on Pascal, Adam Driver, Jake Gyllenhaal, Christopher Abbott, and Jamie Dornan were among the other names reportedly considered to be the next Mr. Fantastic. John Krasinski was also rumored to reprise the role after making a cameo in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.
The upcoming film will mark the Fantastic Four’s first official entry into the current MCU, after the rights were handed over from Fox. Per film reporter Jeff Sneider, among the names rumored to fill out the foursome are Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm (aka the Invisible Woman); Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm (aka the Human Torch); and Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm (aka the Thing).
Marvel has not yet confirmed any of the Fantastic Four casting.
Elsewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, director Destin Daniel Cretton has reportedly stepped away from Avengers: Kang Dynasty to focus on the Marvel series Wonder Man and the sequel to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which he helmed. The planned release of Avengers: Kang Dynasty was recently pushed back a year to 2026.
Film reporter Daniel Richtman was the first to report news of Pascal’s casting.