Artist SPDRMNKYXIII’s latest fan art features Stranger Things’ Joseph Quinn as the main MCU version of Reed Richards in the Fantastic Four.
The last castings of the artist SPDRMNKYXIII stranger things‘Joseph Quinn as the main version of MCU’s Reed Richards in the next The Fantastic Four film. Quinn portrayed heavy metal rocker and dungeon master Eddie Munson in Season 4 of Netflix’s hit 80s sci-fi series. The Fantastic Four is currently slated for release on November 8, 2024 as the Phase 6 opener.
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961, Reed Richards was the brilliant scientist who invented an experimental spaceship that he, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm would pilot and eventually be bombarded by cosmic rays. Modified like the rest of his crew, Reed was given the ability to expand and stretch his body into any shape he needed, taking on Mister Fantastic’s superhero alter ego as he and the rest of the crew formed the Fantastic Four. Whereas Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness introduced and brutally murdered a Mister Fantastic Variant played by John Krasinski, the character and his team are already set to make a return to the MCU’s future in their own solo movie. Although Reed Richards of Earth-616 is not yet cast, an artist has imagined a star of stranger things season 4 taking on the role.
On his Instagram, artist SPDRMNKYXIII shared one of his recent works which imagined stranger things‘ Quinn as one of the smartest people in Marvel. In the artwork, Quinn can be seen using her powers to expand her limbs, while the actor is depicted wearing a uniform resembling Krasinski’s costume, as well as the character’s signature graying hair. The artwork also includes other nods to wider Marvel lore, including Doctor Doom’s time-based platform that Krasinski’s variant used to break into. Multiverse of Madness. Check out SPDRMNKYXIII’s artwork below.
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As revealed by Multiverse of Madness director Sam Raimi, Krasinski’s casting was inspired by fan demand, which was expressed through art and online posts airing the actor in the role. As revealed in the audio commentary of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige approached the director to include Krasinski in response to fan demand. Raimi elaborated and said they felt they would have the freedom to include the cameo as the Illuminati reed was from an alternate universe.
Although Krasinski has already become the first actor to portray the character in the MCU, there is no guarantee that he will reprise his role in future MCU movies or shows. And while Quinn’s popular role as beloved heavy metal rocker Eddie may seem a far cry from Reed Richards, Eddie’s moments of regret in stranger things Season 4’s show Quinn could portray Reed’s guilt for his role in the cosmic ray incident, as well as his compassion for his family. While fan casting doesn’t impact Marvel Studios’ decisions, it does allow fans to imagine how the future of the MCU might be shaped in anticipation of upcoming projects. To that end, SPDRMNKYXIII’s artwork is a fun way to imagine if Quinn were to trade the Hawkins band in Upside Down for the The Fantastic Four in the Negative area.
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