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Fantastic Four: Meet the latest cinematic version of Marvel's first family as the cast is (finally) announced

Yes, Pedro Pascal is Mr. Fantastic

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Image credit: Marvel Studios

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The rumors, it turns out, are true: Marvel Studios has announced who’ll play the Fantastic Four in their big-screen MCU debut next year, and it’s pretty much exactly who’s been rumored for the roles all along.

Announced via social media and accompanied by a beautifully retro piece of key art that offers the movie’s logo and a glimpse of the cast in their new roles — as well as a hint at what the movie’s tone might be — the cast for the team will be:

  • Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards, Mr. Fantastic
  • Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman
  • Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm, the Thing
  • Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch
Fantastic Four
Image credit: Marvel Studios

Eagle-eyed fans will also notice that HERBIE, the animated stand-in for the Human Torch from the 1970s network cartoon, can be seen in the image, suggesting what might be a more holistic approach to the movie than fans might have expected.

WandaVision and Monarch: Legacy of Monsters director Matt Shakman will direct the movie, working from a screenplay by Josh Friedman, Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer. According to the announcement, Fantastic Four is set for release July 25, 2025 — which, not coincidentally, is exactly the same release date as DC’s Superman: Legacy, the first movie in the new DCU. Let’s wait and see which studio blinks and changes the date.


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